Des Murs’ Wiretail
All possible natural regions of Patagonia, steppes, coast, mountains, rural, wetlands, central valley and including its 4 subdivisions of the forest: Araucaria forest, Southern beech Patagonian forest, cypress area and Valdivian rainforest.
In this itinerary we go through all the different kinds of Patagonian landscapes, in a single trip over 540Km where all this amazing biodiversity converges, we can find 40 endemic bird species among the 400 species of birds, plus mammals, trees and and enjoy one the wildest lands remaining in the world.
Day 1. In the morning we will take a flight to Patagonia, arriving in Bariloche (1600 km from Buenos Aires). There a vehicle will pick us and we will leave to birding tin 7 Lakes road, knowing the first species like Red-backed Hawk, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Austral Balckbird, Chilean Pigeon and Austral Thrush. Lunch in Villa La Agostura, arriving in San Martin de los Andes in the afternoon. Check in the hotel and afternoon in La Vega wetlands, a protected area with the bigest colony of Geese: Upland geese and Ashy-headed Geese. Night in San Martín de los Andes.
Day 2. Early in the morning will go to the most important hot spot of Patagonia, surrounded by the steppe: the valley of Collon Cura. is possible to find birds like the endemics, Rusty-backed Monjita and Patagonian Canastero, and opportunities for Balck-chested Eagle, Chilean Flamingo, Burrowing Parrot, Two-banded Plover, Band-tailed Seedeater, Coscoroba Swan, Many-colored Rush-tyrant and Seedsnipes. Picnic in Collón Cura. In the afternoon visit to Laguna Blanca National Park and in thetravel we have the best opportunities for the Andean Condor. We will be for dinner in Zapala. Overnight in Zapala
Day 3. Morning in rural areas of Covunco and Mariano Moreno, looking for the ingression of the pampas species, like White-faces Ibis, Piciu Ground-Dove, Chiguanco Thrush, South-America Seedsnipe, Baywing, Saffron Yellow-Finch and Peregrine Falcon. In La Solitaria Lake will look for Black-necked Swan, Silver Grebe, Collared Plover, Baird's Sandpiper and South America Stilt. After lunch in Junin de los Andes, Ruta 40 and visit in the afternoon the Araucaria forest looking for Austral Parakeet and Whote-throated Treerunner. Night in San Martín de los Andes.
Day 4. In the morning we will visit Chapelco Hills, where are amazing views in the top of the mountain and birding opportunities, including Des Mur’s Wiretail, Magellanic Woodpecker and several ground-tyrants. Picnic in the high mountain steppes. Afternoon in the Patagonian forests in the slope of the mountain, looking for the patagonian Tapaculos and Night in San Martín de los Andes.
Day 5. We'll leave the city through "7 Lakes" road, birding in the dense forest. Thus, we'll take the international road crossing The Andes through one of the most beautiful crossing to Chile, and take a direct road to the pacific coast. This day we will have a long journey of 290 km and our point of arrival will be Maicolpué, a small fishing village, still unknown to tourism. In the travel we’ll look for the Chilean Mockingbird Night, the Slender-billed Parakeet and the Black-faced Ibis. Night in Maicolpué, at the sea coast. Hostería Miller
Day 6. Birding in the coast, with 3 different places: Maicolpué, Bahía Mansa and Pucatrihué. If sea conditions permit we will try to enter offshore to view seabirds: several species of cormorants, oystercatchers, boobies and pelicans. This is a nesting area of two Penguin species: Magellanic and Humboldt Penguins. Night in Maicolpué. Hostería Miller
Day 7. We'll return to the central valley, to the west side of the Andes, inside Puyehue National Park, still in Chile. In the cabins we can see 4 species of Tapaculos, Thorn-tailed Rayadito and White-throated Treerunner. Nigth in Puyehue.
Day 8. The atmosphere of this National Park is unique in Patagonia, with a cold rainforest very humid and the opportunity to take a thermal bath close to the actives volcanoes, looking for the Yellow-bridled Finch and the Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Miners and Ground-tyrants. Night in Puyehue.
Day 9. Crossing again the Andes, during the morning, and arrival for have lunch to Villa La Angostura. Bordering the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, with Steamer-Ducks and Silver Grebes. Return to the city of Bariloche. In the afternoon we’ll try to find the Bicolored Hack and the Wren-like Rushbird. Night in Bariloche.
Day 10. In the morning could be possible visit Los Juncos lake, a nice birding spot in the steppe with Sandpippers, plovers, ducks and Swams. After lunch, farewell to the guide in the Bariloche airport and flight to Buenos Aires city for combination with international flights.