BIRDING TOUR IN IGUAZU FALLS
A) FULL DAY BIRDING TOUR IN IGUAZU FALLS
We depart from the Puerto Iguazú hotels very early in the morning and visit different areas and environments within the Iguazú National Park, endeavouring to find and observe the greatest diversity of bird species possible.
The time spent birdwatching on these regular excursions is of four hours, while the whole outing will last up to an approximate total of five hours. The maximum number of participants is eight, the minimum two.
Our guide, Daniel Somay, has over fifteen years’ experience in the region. His equipment includes a library of over four-hundred bird calls and songs for playback. He is licensed to access and enter the Iguazú National Park with his groups at times outside normal visiting hours.
Mineral water and early breakfast served in the field are included.
Check out also our packages of various days’ duration Remember, Iguazú is a destination that is greatly in demand, therefore please make your reservations well in advance.
B) BIRDING TOURS IN IGUAZU FALLS
The Argentine province of Misiones holds the world’s largest block of “Interior Atlantic Forest”; the habitat with the highest biodiversity in the country, together with the famous Iguazú Falls. Birding around the falls is phenomenal, and the pristine forests of nearby reserves add an extra set of species.
Once in Puerto Iguazú, the gardens of the hotel will serve as a great introduction to the local birds. The fantastic Iguazú falls await us for the next day, which will be spent in the National Park. A number of trails give access to the forest, and the boardwalks provide the best possible views of the falls.
The forest here is laden with bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes. Five species of toucans and other stunners such us Surucua Trogon, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Blue-naped Chlorophonia and Green-headed TanagersSolitary Tinamou, Black-fronted Piping-guan, Spot-backed Antshrike, and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow also occur here. The view of the “Devil’s Throat”, the “epicenter” of the falls, is truly amazing, and is topped with thousands of Great Dusky SwiftsBrown Capuchin monkey, South American Coati, Guianan Squirrel, Red Brocket Deer and Azara’s Agouti are likely to be found. The rare that fly overhead.
Mammals are also an attraction here:
In town, we will visit the “hummingbird garden” with feeders that attract up to 10 species at any given time, and as many as 100 individuals flying around!
Day 1: Transfer from the airport, accommodation at the hotel Las Orquideas in Pto. Iguazu town.
Day 2: Early in the morning, when the National Park is still closed, we will visit the best birding areas in the Park, some of them closed to the general visitor, in order to find local species of the Atlantic Forest, such as Surucua Trogon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Creamy-bellied Gnatcacher, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, Robust Woodpecker and Spot-backed Antshrike, among others. Afternoon: visit to the Argentinian side of the falls. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 3: Birding tour in a different area in the National Park trying to find other target birds, such as Tufted Antshrike, the little Ochre–collared Piculet woodpecker, Southern Antpipit, Blue Manakin, Chesnut-bellied Euphonia, Green-headed Tanager, etc. PM Visit to the Hummingbird Gardens, a private garden with feeders where it is possible to see up to 7 different species of wild hummingbirds, such as the Black Jacobin, Planalto Hermit, Violet-capped Woodnymph, etc.
Day 4: Birding along the route 101, good place to look for species associated with the bamboo forest as Rofous Gnateater, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Chesnut-headed Tanager, etc. PM birding around the town.
Day 5: AM Transfer to the Brazilian side of the Falls (American citizens need visa to visit the Brazilian side of the falls). Transfer to the airport.