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Burrowing Parrot by Pablo Petracci.SOUTHERN ARGENTINA!
October 21 - 31, 2022

The Valdés Peninsula, Los Glaciares National Park,
Moreno Glacier, Le Martial Glacier, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Beagle Channel and more!

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The southernmost tip of the American Continent is a land of vast expanses and unexplored wilderness. An immense geographical region flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific the the west, Patagonia spans north to south from the Colorado River in Argentina and Reloncaví Sound in Chile to the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn.

Magellanic WoodpeckerThis tour will explore the steppes and forests of Argentine Patagonia and southern Argentina searching for the unique birds and other wildlife that inhabit these climes. Patagonia hosts 60 bird species Moreno Glacier by Pablo Petracci. restricted or near endemic to the region. The Patagonian forests are home to spectacular birds like Magellanic Woodpecker and Lesser Horned Owl. Andean Patagonia is also unique for its spectacular scenery, including spectacular glaciers like the Moreno, which we’ll have the chance to see at Los Glaciares National Park.


Southern Argentina is also an incredible place for marine mammals with the Valdés Peninsula standing out as the only breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seal on the South American continent. This is also the main breeding area for Southern Right Whale and home to the famous sea-lion hunting Orcas that have made the substance of innumerable nature films.

No trip to Patagonia is complete without paying a visit to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on earth. Here, we will explore the forests and islands seen and described by Charles Darwin in the early 19th century.

Thorn-tailed Rayadito by Steve Bird.

Some of the wildlife highlights of this tour:
Burrowing Parrot, Carbonated Sierra Finch, Hudson’s Black Tyrant, Rusty-backed Monjita, Sandy Gallito, Cinnamon Warbling Finch, White-throated Cacholote, Magellanic Penguin, Magellanic Plover, Magellanic Woodpecker, Magellanic Tapaculo, Yellow-bridled Finch, Ochre-naped Ground Tyrant, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Flying Steamer Duck, Fuegian Steamer Duck, Ashy-headed Goose, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Rufous-legged Owl, Austral Pygmy-owl, Gentoo Penguin, Southern Giant Petrel, Magellanic and Common Diving Petrels, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Right Whale, Elephant Seal and more!

Join us for a wild adventure in
southern Argentina!

Photos above: Burrowing Parrot by Pablo Petracci; Moreno Glacier by Pablo Petracci; Magellanic Woodpecker by Luis Segura; Whale watching off the Valdés Peninsula; Thorn-tailed Rayadito by Steve Bird.


Day 1 - Arrival Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plan on arriving this morning at Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Ezeiza (EZE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Our group will be picked up at the airport and transfered to a local hotel.  In the afternoon, we will do some birding at the city’s Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve where we could find upwards of 80 species among the reed fringed pools and surrounding trees. Possibilities include Rufous-bellied and Cream-bellied Thrushes, White-eyed Parakeet, Guira Cuckoo, Picazurro Pigeon, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Spectacled Tyrant, Pied Water-Tyrant, Green Kingfisher, Black-headed Duck, Wattled Jacana, White-tufted Grebe, Giant Wood Rail, Rufous-sided Crake, Great Pampa-Finch and the fabulous Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant. Night Buenos Aires.

Day 2 – Trelew to Las Grutas
Burrowing Parrot by Steve Bird. This morning we fly to Trelew, Argentina (Airport code: REL, flights connect from Buenos Aires), where we will meet and drive northwards to Las Grutas, a small city located in the Province of Río Negro on the shores of San Matías Gulf. This particular location of northeastern Patagonia is the southernmost range limit for several Argentine birds including many endemics, so we will spend the balance of the day looking for birds like Carbonated Sierra Finch, Hudson’s Black Tyrant, Rusty-backed Monjita and many others. This area is also the stronghold for the Burrowing Parrot; a common resident which is often a favorite of the tour! We will spend one night at a nice hotel in town.



Sandy Gallito by Luis SeguraDay 3– Las Grutas to Puerto Pirámides
We will make an early start this morning to go birding in the surroundings of the hotel before breakfast. Our goal will be to try and find endemic birds like Sandy Gallito, Cinnamon Warbling Finch, and White-throated Cacholote. After breakfast at the hotel, we will spend the balance of the morning birding San Antonio and Las Grutas looking for birds that we might have missed, and finally have lunch here before beginning our way south to Puerto Pirámides, the only village inside the Valdés Peninsula, where we will spend the following two nights. On arrival we will check into our hotel and, time permitting, go birding in the surroundings of town.


Day 4– Valdés Peninsula
Today, we will spend the day exploring south and central Valdés Peninsula. This fantastic reserve is home to the largest breeding population of Southern Right Whales on Earth. More than 800 individuals spend up to 9 months a year in the pristine waters of this remote paradise. Along with the whales, 32,000 Southern Elephant Seals, 8,000 Southern Sea Lions and huge numbers of different dolphins and porpoises share this environment as well.

Southern Right Whale by Luis SeguraDiverse land mammals inhabit this unique Peninsula as well. Herds of Guanaco roam freely and are abundant here. The Mara, or Patagonian Cavy, is by far the largest rodent in Patagonia. They live and reproduce inside the Valdés Peninsula and we expect to find them especially on the way to Punta Delgada, the south-easternmost point of the peninsula. We will enjoy lunch at Punta Delgada, and then visit the Elephant Seal Colony on their private beach. From Punta Delgada we will return to Puerto Pirámides, where we hope to take an early evening boat tour to go watching Southern Right Whale.


Day 5– Valdés Peninsula to Trelew
We will leave Puerto Pirámides early this morning and drive north to go visiting Punta Norte, the north-easternmost point of the Valdés Peninsula. Besides going to the general visitor area, we will also visit a private property to see a Magellanic Penguin nesting colony. Around 50,000 penguins nest inside the Valdés, and this colony is one of the biggest in the area.

Magellanic Penguins by Steve Bird.
Magellanic Penguins dig their own nesting burrows under bushes or in open areas not far from the shore. They get easily accustomed to the presence of humans in their breeding grounds and do not run away from the visitors, thus providing fantastic photo opportunities with penguins standing right next to our feet! A smaller cousin of the Mara, the Patagonian Lesser Cavy, is frequently found taking the sun just outside Magellanic Penguin burrows, where they find shelter. Two species of armadillos live here as well. They are normally very tame and do not hesitate to get close to humans and try for an easy snack; yet more easy photo opps for avid nature photographers! After visiting Punta Norte, we’ll return to Puerto Pirámides for lunch and then drive back to Trelew, where we’ll spend the balance of the afternoon birding in the surroundings of town. We’ll spend the night in Trelew.


Day 6– Trelew to El Calafate
A short drive this morning will take us from the hotel to Trelew city airport. We will take our morning flight to El Calafate, where we hope to arrive around noon, in time to check into our hotel in town and have lunch. This afternoon we will bird Laguna Nímez, a small lagoon not far from Calafate city center, on the shores of Lake Argentino. This lagoon is surrounded by reed beds and gives shelter to such wonderful birds like Black-necked Swan, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Ruddy Duck, South American Snipe, Upland Goose and the rare and scarce Magellanic Plover. We will spend the following two nights in El Calafate.


Day 7 – Los Glaciares National Park
Moreno Glacier by Pablo PetracciEl Calafate is the main gateway to one of the most spectacular landscapes of Argentine Patagonia: the Austral Andean Glaciers. Los Glaciares National Park was created in 1937 to preserve this unique wilderness, its pristine Southern Beech forests, Andean lakes and 13 spectacular glaciers. Glaciar Perito Moreno is, by far, the best known and most visited of them all. It easily accessible by land, and a series of trails and lookouts in front of it provide breathtaking close-up views and superb photo opportunities.

A boat tour allows visitors to get a different perspective of this magnificent glacier, so we will certainly seize the opportunity and go for it! The Moreno is one of the few glaciers in our continent that advances and recedes constantly. One of its huge vertical ice walls, a five-kilometer long one, sinks into the Canal de los Témpanos (Channel of the Icebergs). This channel connects one of the arms of Magellanic Tapaculo by Steve Bird.Lake Argentino -called Rico with its main body, and Moreno Glacier does fully cross it, usually once every 4 to 10 years, becoming an actual impounding dam that prevents water passage and causes an unusual rise in the waters of Rico Arm. The water pressure finally digs a tunnel through the ice dam, forcing it to collapse and fall, producing a phenomenon known as the “rupture” of the glacier. This spectacular show congregates hundreds of glacier enthusiasts the world over, who eagerly wait for the ice bridge to break down. But there is no need to wait for so long to be astounded by the glacier. Huge masses of ice constantly collapse from the front wall; their thundering fall being welcomed by people’s spontaneous applause at all times.

The glacier was named after Francisco P. Moreno, a famous Argentine explorer, well known in this country as the father of the National Parks. One of his greatest achievements was the discovery of Lake Argentino.

Wildlife is also very special in this part of the world, and birds are no exception. The road between El Calafate and Los Glaciares is flanked by rocky cliffs, with the snow-covered peaks of the majestic Andes in the background. This is home to the Andean Condor, master of the Andean skies, who will surely escort us all the way to the park, where we’ll look for other spectacular birds like Magellanic Woodpecker, Spectacled Duck, Magellanic Tapaculo and Rufous-tailed Plantcutter to name but a few.


Yellow-bridled Finch by Steve Bird.Day 8 – El Calafate to Ushuaia
We will bid farewell to El Calafate this morning and drive to the local airport for taking our flight to Ushuaia. After landing at the southernmost city on earth, we will transfer to our hotel on the shores of the Beagle Channel, check in for the following three nights and have lunch. This afternoon we will make a short tour to Le Martial Glacier, where we hope to take a chair lift and get above the timberline an look for some very localized bird species, like Yellow-bridled Finch, Ochre-naped Ground Tyrant and Grey-flanked Cinclodes. The view from this place is really spectacular, and we will have the chance to get wonderful pictures of Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel and the Chilean island of Navarino.


Day 9 – Tierra del Fuego National Park
Today we will set off after breakfast for a full day tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Located 8 kilometers west of Ushuaia, this park was created in 1960 to protect a vast relict of coastal Southern Beech forest, and its particular wildlife. Several native mammal species make their home within the boundaries of the park, with Fuegian or Culpeo Fox, Southern Sea-Otter, and Southern River Otter standing out of the rest because of their highly restricted distribution range in Argentina.

Unfortunately foreign mammals like Canadian Beaver, European Rabbit and Muskrat were introduced here in the early 20th century, causing serious damage to this fragile sub-Antarctic ecosystem. The park authorities have been working hard to keep their populations low and under control, but thus far they failed to eradicate these undesired invaders.

This national park it reputedly the best place in Argentina for Magellanic Woodpecker, but it’s also great for birds like Flying Steamer Duck, Fuegian Steamer Duck, Kelp Goose, Ashy-headed Goose, White-throated Treerunner, Black-faced Ibis, Thorn-tailed Rayadito and three owl species: Lesser Horned, Rufous-legged and Austral Pygmy.


Black-browed Albatross by Steve Bird.Day 10 – Beagle Channel and Estancia Harberton
Today is special for those who enjoy seabird watching. We will leave our hotel after breakfast and drive to Ushuaia City port, where we will board a motor catamaran for a tour along the Beagle Channel that will take us east of Ushuaia, all the way to Estancia Harberton. There are several Southern Sea Lion and Southern Fur Seal colonies on the seashores and small islets of the Beagle Channel.

Seabirds are abundant here as well. Imperial and Rock Shags, Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins, South American Tern, Dolphin Gull, Southern Giant Petrel, Magellanic and Common Diving Petrels, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Fulmar and many others turn this place into a birders paradise.

After having lunch on board the catamaran we will disembark in Estancia Harberton, the first farm of Tierra del Fuego, established by Rev. Thomas Bridges in 1886. A local guide will Long-tailed Meadowlark by Steve us around, and we will also have time to do some birding and visit the local marine mammal museum. We will return to Ushuaia by bus in the late afternoon.


Day 11 – Ushuaia, end of tour
We will spend our last morning in Patagonia birding in the surroundings of our hotel, and then drive to the city center for having lunch at a local restaurant and to enjoy some free time for walking around Ushuaia. We will drive to Ushuaia International Airport in the afternoon, where the tour ends.


LEADERS: Gina Nichol, Steve Bird, & local guides

Photos in itinerary: Burrowing Parrot by Steve Bird; Sandy Gallito by Luis Segura; Southern Right Whale by Luis Segura; Magellanic Penguins by Steve Bird; Moreno Glacier by Pablo Petracci; Magellanic Tapaculo by Steve Bird; Yellow-bridled Finch by Steve Bird; Black-browed Albatross by Steve Bird; Long-tailed Meadowlark by Steve Bird; Below, Magellanic Plover by Steve Bird.

Magellanic Plover by Steve Bird.SOUTHERN ARGENTINA
October 21 - 31, 2022

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TOUR PRICE:  US$5495.00 per person, double occupancy from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Airport code: EZE). Note: This tour begins in Buenos Aires and ends in Ushuaia (Airport code: USH). Price based on 8 passengers and exchange rates at the time the tour was posted (**see note below). Price does not include internal flights.

Single occupancy: $TBA per person.

Deposit: $1000.00 per person. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal. 
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Please advise [email protected] when you have made payment. 

Included in cost:
• Group pickup at airport and transfer on arrival day.
• Meals from lunch on Day 1 until lunch on Day 10. Please bear in mind that breakfast in Argentina is NOT American style, and it normally includes only a hot beverage, toast, croissants, butter and jam. Lunches are mostly picnics/box lunches depending on the itinerary.
• Drinking water on board the vehicles while on tour.
• Accommodations on a twin/double room basis. All rooms en-suite.
• Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.
• Local English-speaking birding/naturalist/leader. Local guides in some areas as well as local leader.
• Whale watching boat excursion at the Valdés Peninsula on a shared boat basis.
• Motor catamaran excursion on the Beagle Channel on a shared boat basis.
• Boat tour at the Moreno Glacier on a shared boat basis.
• Detailed pre-trip materials and checklist

Not Included: Anything not stated on "Included" as well as International flights, internal flights (currently $630, subject to change), luggage charges, passport/visa fees, insurance, drinks, tips to local and Sunrise Birding guides, and items of a personal nature.  Also not included in the tour cost are any and all costs arising from pandemic or Covid-19 related issues. Any such costs are the sole responsibility of the traveler. These include, among others, the costs of Covid treatment, hospitalization, medical fees, transport, meals and accommodation in case of illness or quarantine, and the costs of any Covid tests needed before, during and after the tour.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour:

1) Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected] to confirm availability and hold your place.

2) Review the Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)>

3) Complete the Registration & Release Form (pdf)> and mail it with your deposit of $1000.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC within two weeks to secure your place. 

>Download & print the Registration Form (pdf download).
Instructions are on the form.

Reservations are held with a paid deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights. Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due June 21, 2022.

**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)> prior to registering for this tour. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.

There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.


Sunrise Birding LLC strongly recommends that you consider purchasing a travel protection plan to protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected in case of delay, injury or illness prior to or during a tour. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss and Delay, Emergency Medical Transportation, Pre-existing Conditions, and more.


There are many trip insurers. Here are two options to consider:

CSA Travel Protection
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Insure My Trip is a web site that allows you to compare trip insurance plans
to find the right plan for you.


  • Insurance policy requirements vary and the timing of your purchase can affect coverage. Some insurance providers require that for coverage of pre-existing conditions, a policy must be purchased within 7-14 days of booking. Others, like CSA, offer policies that cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased prior to making your final payment for the tour.

  • Trip insurance policy premiums may be non-refundable, but they may be able to be amended or transferred. Check with your insurer. It is important to be sure that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate before you purchase trip insurance.

  • Pay attention to coverages provided by your policy. Be aware of the requirements of country or destination can change, so check often. Some policies are now offering Covid related coverages so check with your insurer.

  • US medical insurance plans (including Medicare) often do not provide coverage outside the US. The US State Department strongly advises Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Consult with your insurer prior to your trip to ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider directly or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Be sure to get and keep all documentation of any expenses incurred.
Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected].com 
Phone: 203.453.6724