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Argentina: The South - Pampas, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

On arriving in Buenos Aires, it’s hard to miss Eva Perón whose face is still visible throughout the country showing her lasting effects on Argentina. Very near our hotel in the capital is the acclaimed Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve…. …where the reeds harbor Chestnut-capped Blackbirds… …creeping Spot-flanked Gallinules… …and Many-colored Rush Tyrant, the jewel of any marsh… …and trees surrounding the wetlands could harbor Narrow-billed Woodcreeper. On our first few days we’ll search the grasslands outside Buenos Aires for birds such as Black-and-rufous Warbling Finch… …Checkered Woodpecker… …Giant Wood Rail… …and the highly localized Curve-billed Reedhaunter. In San Clemente harbor we’ll look for the endangered Olrog’s Gull… …and spend time searching the nearby grasslands for Spotted Nothuras. We’ll travel south to the Valdez Peninsula… …a land with unique mammals like this Mara, a relative of the guinea pig… …as well as male Southern Sea Lions tending to their harems… Southern Giant Petrels pass by closely along the cliffs…
…while Patagonian Yellow Finches sing loudly nearby. Elegant Crested Tinamou families are easily seen along the roadsides in this region… …but Tawny-throated Dotterel is much less common and blends perfectly with the rocky landscape. We’ll visit a vast Magellanic Penguin colony… …where we’ll get within feet of these marvelous creatures. Gigantic pink salt pans are scattered throughout the region, rimmed with short grasses and fruiting shrubs… …where we may see White-banded Mockingbirds plucking berries… …or a foraging family of Darwin’s Rheas. Our search will concentrate on several endemic species like these curious White-throated Cachalotes… …and the range-restricted White-headed Steamer Duck. As we travel further south the forests get larger and wetter, even producing snow at times…
…and the <i>Nathofagus</i> forests of southern Patagonia are laden with moss that often hide Austral Parakeets. Lago Argentino is the beautiful backdrop for our days based in Calafate Nearby Los Glaciares National Park is a great place to look for the breathtaking male Magellanic Woodpecker… …that often feeds with its equally spectacular partner along the trunks of towering trees. This area also offers a chance to see the unique White-throated Treerunner. Our hotel in Ushuaia is magnificently located on the shores of the Beagle Channel. The grounds here could hold such species as Dark-faced Ground Tyrant… …or the hyper Thorn-tailed Rayadito. A boat trip down the Beagle Channel allows close approach to islands scattered throughout… …that harbor resting Sea Lions with their pups and accompanying Imperial Shags… …and Black-browed Albatrosses slicing through the air alongside the boat as we steam to… …our island destination that accommodates Gentoo, and in recent years a few King Penguins. The tour will be filled with lots of spontaneous photo opportunities such as this Hairy Armadillo… …and amazing food such as the bountiful Parillas (barbeques) for which Argentina is known… …and top-notch hospitality throughout.