Wildlife holidays in Argentina
Argentina is a vast country – the second largest in South America – embracing such a variety of scenery and climate that it has been dubbed the ‘land of six continents’.
There are four major regions: the fertile and humid central plains of the Pampas, southern plateau, the subtropical Gran Chaco in the north, and the rugged Andes mountain range which extends the length of the country, rising to over 6,900 metres before cascading to the sea in a chaos of jagged, snow-capped peaks.
The generally temperate climate ranges from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the far south.
Our Argentina Specialist recommends..
"Why not try our Bargain Birdwatching tour to Mar Chiquita for huge colonies of flamingos, a plethora of waterfowl, plus many rare chaco and montane endemics. You could also join us on our Argentine Patagonia tour with highlights such as the Andean Condor, Magellanic Woodpecker & Magellanic Penguin."
What’s special about the wildlife?
The diversity of Argentina’s flora and fauna reflects the country’s wide variety of climate and habitats:
- The subtropical north is home to cats such as Jaguar & Ocelot, many primates including howler monkeys, plus tapirs & the world’s largest rodent, the Capybara
- Typical mammals of the central Pampas grasslands include Giant Anteater & armadillos, while among the special bird life found here is the flightless Tinamou
- The western mountains are home to yet a different range of animal life: typical species include the Llama, Vicuna & largest flying bird in the world, the Andean Condor
- The waters off Patagonia have abundant marine life such as Southern Right Whale, Orca, elephant seals & penguins
Naturetrek tours to Argentina
Naturetrek offers a selection of natural history tours to Argentina:
- Our 15-day bird watching and wildlife holiday to Patagonia visits the Peninsula Valdes, Glaciares National Park and southern Patagonia in search of birds and mammals, including whales and dolphins.
- We offer a holiday which goes in search of the special mammals and birds of northern Argentina, focusing on montane and Chaco habitats.
- If you are on a budget we offer a 9-day bargain bird watching tour to Mar Chiquita, which features three species of flamingo and many endemic species.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Argentina HOLIDAYS
Many thanks to Paul Dukes and the tour leader for organising our week in San Lorenzo before the group holiday started. The Reserva del Huaico was exactly what we wanted, and to have a fifty hectare nature reserve and excellent accommodation all to ourselves was a luxury we have never had before. If you have clients who want a quiet start or end to a holiday with plenty of good birds (70+ species on the reserve and 170+ including trips into the Andes and Chaco) we can recommend it. On the group holiday we appreciated the repeated use of the hotel in Buenos Aires. To know that we would have spacious and fairly luxurious accommodation at regular intervals was good. Every centre we stayed at had something special to offer, such as Magellanic Woodpeckers, Geese etc. at Ushuaia, Condors and Hooded Grebes at Calafate. The travel was well organised...Overall the holiday was very enjoyable and well planned.
The boat trip at Calafate was fantastic.
The holiday was very enjoyable and well planned. It was an excellent way to celebrate retirement.