PATAGONIA Chritsmas & New Year 2018
Among all the various birding trips available in Patagonia this one was designed to cover all the seven natural regions that make up Patagonia We will share a trip in Christmas and New Year!
Highlights: 
Patagonia: Wild destination of South America
5 National Parks
36 endemic speccies.

Ten Target Birds in this trip

Andean Condor
Humboldt Penguin
Lesser Rhea
Torrent Duck
Des Murs’ Wiretail
Burrowing Parrot
Green-backed Firecrown
Chucao Tapaculo
Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant
Least Seedsnipe

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 38 endemic bird species among the 360 species of birds, plus mammals, trees and and enjoy one the wildest lands remaining in the world.

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PROGRAMME

Day 0 / December Friday 22: arriving in Buenos Aires.

Day 1 / Saturday 23: In the morning we will take a flight to Patagonia, arriving in Bariloche (1600 km from Buenos Aires), capital city of the Lake District, Patagonia, Argentina. There a vehicle will pick us and we will leave to Villa La Angostura to have lunch there and from there crossing the Andes until Maicolpué, Chile (300km), a small fishing village on the Pacific coast, 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.

Day 2 / Sunday 24: 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. Christmas Eve in Maicolpué.

Day 3 / Monday 25: 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. Christmas lunch in Aguas Calientes. 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. Night in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4 / Tuesday 26: Puyehue National Park. After take a thermal bath, we´ll go up to the Mountains, looking for the Yellow-bridled Finch and the Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Miners and Ground-tyrants. In the afternoon we’ll be very close of the sky, go to walk on the volcan Casablanca Nigth in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5 / Wednesday 27: In the morning we’ll cross the Andes again and take the 7 Lakes road, knowing more forest 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 6 / Thursday 28: 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 7 / Friday 29: 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. In the afternoon we’ll continue exploring the region of the Monte looking for the endemics Tapaculos. Night in Zapala.

Day 8 / Saturday 30: In the morning we’ll visit Laguna Blanca National Park.After that we are going to 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 9 / Sunday 31. The end of the year in Patagonia. 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 around the city and MidNight party (optional) in San Martín de los Andes.

Day 10 / January! Monday 1st: After a late breakfast we'll leave the city through "Paso Cordoba" a road through Enchanted Valley, arriving to Bariloche again. Well visit Otto Hill with new opportunities for new species: we’ll try to find the Bicolored Hawk. Farewell dinner and Night in Bariloche

Day 11 / Tuesday 2nd: After breakfast, transfer to Bariloche airport and flight to Buenos Aires city for combination with international flights or extension to Iguazú Falls (4 days).

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Lenght: 
11 days plus possible pre and post-tours
Species in the trip: 
360
Season: 
Summer in southern hemisphere
Habitats: 
Patagonian Forests, High Andes, Patagonian Steppes, Monte, Pacific Coast and Central Valley of Chile.

Target Birds

Magellanic Woodpecker
Andean Condor
Chucao Tapaculo
Lesser Rhea
Chilean Flamingo
Torrent Duck

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PATAGONIA Chritsmas & New Year 2018

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