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Argentina Wildlife: Tropical wetlands and Patagonia

14 days from £4,260pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Argentina / Iguazu Falls / Patagonia

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Overview & Highlights

Spot alligators, giant storks, toucans, and, according to season, penguins and whales on this wildlife  holiday. The Iberá wetlands and steppes of Patagonia are open for viewing while exotic birds populate Iguazú rainforest.

The vast and varied territory of Argentina is home to a huge variety of observable wildlife. This holiday introduces you to the exotic birds and mammals of the remote northern wetlands and sub-tropical rainforest and the whales, penguins and sea-elephants of the wilderness steppes of Patagonia further south.

From Buenos Aires move on to a lodge in the serene Iberá wetlands, where during boat excursions on the lagoons you may spot giant storks, capybara and anteaters. Travel on to Iguazú and stay in a hotel set within the protected jungle of Iguazú National Park, where walkways lead down to the cataracts and there is an abundance of birds.

It’s a dramatic change of scene when you arrive in Patagonia, a wilderness of windswept grasslands, craggy cliffs and Atlantic beaches, where penguins congregate in their thousands to breed. In season, whales can be spotted spouting and frolicking, and the remote seaweed-collecting eco-village Bahia Bustamente adds a cultural element to your wildlife viewing.

These locations, especially the Iberá wetlands and Bahia Bustamente, are truly remote, in areas of little infrastructure; but here you have the advantage of being able to stay in unique accommodation where you are well looked after by committed and knowledgeable management  with a passion for their environment and an imaginative wide-ranging menu of individualised excursions and activities: you may well be the only visitors for miles around.

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Our Expert's Opinion

While perhaps less well-known for its wildlife than its larger neighbour, Brazil, Argentina is nonetheless a wonderfully varied destination when it comes to flora and fauna. This trip is great for wildlife lovers looking for something a bit different. I love that you can spot capybara and anteaters in the Iberá wetlands one day and then go whale-watching in the Valdés Peninsula just a few days later.

Sally Dodge Travel Expert A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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