Routes

West Montevideo.

West Montevideo.

One-day trip. Specially designed for birders who stop to Uruguay for a short time, arriving on Cruiser Ship to Montevideo: Starting off at Montevideo City, we will visit an area close to the coastline of Rio de la Plata: Santiago Vázquez Wetlands, Playa Peninos, Playa Pascual, Colonia Wilson and farm areas around. The environment includes: Coast, lagoon and rural areas with native forest.

 

 

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White-faced Ibis, Whistling Heron, Brazilian Duck, Silver Teal, Long-winged Harrier, Giant Wood-Rail, Plumbeous Rail, White-winged Coot, Wattled Jacana, Spectacled Tyrant, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, Great Pampa-Finch, Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch, Yellow-winged Blackbird. Spotted Tinamou, Striated Heron, Bay-winged Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Chimango Caracara, American Kestrel, White-tipped Dove, Guira Cuckoo, Burrowing Owl, Glittering-bellied Emerald, White-throated Hummingbird, Gilded Sapphire, Green Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, Green-barred Woodpecker, Field Flicker, Firewood-Gatherer, Freckle-breasted Thornbird, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Chicli Spinetail, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, White Monjita, Grey Monjita, White-crested Tyrannulet, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Tropical Parula, Bay-winged Cowbird. Cocoi Heron, Brown-hooded Gull, American Oystercatcher, South American Stilt, Snowy-crowned Tern, Black Skimmer, Yellow-billed Pintail, Collared Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs and others species of shorebirds (southern or northern) depending of the season.

Punta Del Este: Mountains.

Punta Del Este: Mountains.

One-day trip. Specially designed for birders who stop to Uruguay for a short time, arriving on Cruiser Ship to Punta del Este and with the aim of watching birds related to mountain and ravine woodlands, we will penetrate Cuchilla Grande. This is a system of low altitude mountains crisscrossed by numerous torrents and streams which make up the typical Uruguayan upland forest (Monte Serrano).

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Some of the species we are bound to spot (depending on the season): Whistling Heron, Speckled Teal, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Red-legged Seriema, Striped Cuckoo, Squirrel Cuckoo, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Gilded Hummingbird, White-throated Hummingbird, White Woodpecker, White-spooted Woodpecker , Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Striped-crowned Spinetail, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Crested Black-tyrant, Tropical Parula, Golden-crowned Warbler, Chestnut-backed Tanager,Diademed Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Glaucous-blue Grosbeak, Red-crested Cardinal, Yellow-rumped Marshbird…

Punta del Este: Wet Lands.

Punta del Este: Wet Lands.

Two-day trip. Specially designed for birders who stop to Uruguay for a short time, arriving on Cruiser Ship to Punta Del Este, we will travel around Laguna de Castillos and Laguna Negra. Both lagoons are surrounded by wet lands, palm groves and uplands which altogether make up one of the areas with the highest biodiversity in the region of La Pampa. Accommodation in a country ranch in the midst of the breathtaking setting of Laguna de Castillos.

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Some remarkable species: Black-necked Swam, Coscoroba, Silver Teal, Snail Kite, Long-winged Harrier, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Straight-billed Reedhunter, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, Black-and-white Monjita, Spectacled Tyrant, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Scarlet-Headed Blackbird, Yellow-rumped Marshbid, White-browed Blackbird…

Montevideo: Coast and Mountains.

Montevideo: Coast and Mountains.

Two-day trip. Specially designed for birders who stop to Uruguay for a short time. Departure and arrival from Montevideo. We will travel up to the east, to the Atlantic coast in order to watch birds related to aquatic and marine environments. In second day we will continue towards the uplands of Cuchilla Grande so as to meet the birds that can be found in mountain and ravine milieus. Accommodation in a country ranch  in a splendid mountain setting (summer) or in a hotel in Punta del Este.

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Least Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, White-necked Heron, Whistling Heron, Plumbeous Ibis, Chilean Flamingo, Black-necked Swam, Coscoroba, Silver Teal, Snail Kite, Long-winged Harrier, Giant Wood-rail, Collared Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Hudsonian Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Black Skimmer, Band-Tailed Gull, South American Tern, Snowy-crowned Tern, Cayenne Tern, Burrowing Owl, Green-barred Woodpecker, Field Flicker, Common Miner, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Many-coloured Rush-tyrant, Vermillion Flycatcher, Spectacled Tyrant, Short-billed Pipit…

Punta Del Este: Coast and Lagoons.

Punta Del Este: Coast and Lagoons.

One-day trip. Specially designed for birders who stop to Uruguay for a short time, arriving on Cruiser Ship to Punta del Este: Starting off at Punta del Este, we will travel around the coastal lagoons of José Ignacio and Garzón in order to watch the birds that inhabit the aquatic and marine environments. We will visit milieus of coastal woodlands (Monte Costero), one of the most typical –and at the same time most endangered- ecosystems in Uruguay.

 

 

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URUGUAY: The awakening of Spring

URUGUAY: The awakening of Spring

Departure and arrival: Montevideo. From September to December. Accommodation in country ranches and hotel. 16-day (15 nights) trip across Uruguay in order to experience the end of winter and the coming of spring, and to observe live the traveling birds in their migration journeys.

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On the first five days we will cover the North and the West of the country. We will travel across areas of park-like woodlands, riverside woodlands and hawthorn forests, all of them typical from the banks of river Uruguay, watching several species that hibernate in these milieus such as White-tipped Plantcutters(Phytotoma rutila), White-banded Mockingbirds (Minus triurus) and Black-crowned Monjitas (Xolmis coronata), among others. The next stage of the route takes place along the South and the East, within the Bañados del Este Biosphere Reserve. We will travel across areas of Palm groves, coastal lagoons, estuaries and coastline in order to watch both hibernating species as well as the first nesting birds belonging to several species of anatidae and limicolae. We will also be able to spot reed birds such as Curve-billed and Straight-billed Reedhaunters (Limnornis curvirostris and Limnornis rectirostris) –species which are only found at the marshes of La Pampa-, as well as Black and white Monjitas (Xolmis dominicanus) and Saffron cowled Black-birds (Agelaius flavus), among others. We will pay special attention to the hibernating coastal birds which are visible from the shore, with the option of taking a boat trip (not included in the price of the route) in order to enhance the chances of spotting species such as Black-browed Albatros (Diomedea melanophrys) and Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), among others.

URUGUAY: In Pursuit of the Seriema’s Song.

URUGUAY:  In Pursuit of the Seriema’s Song.

Departure and arrival: Montevideo. Accommodation in tents and in small rural houses.

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Ten-day (9 nights) trip designed for birds and adventure enthusiasts. It includes trekking in several areas of the country such as the Ravines covered by subtropical forests of the North, some tributaries of river Uruguay and across the palm groves of the East.

URUGUAY: From the coast to the mountains.

URUGUAY: From the coast to the mountains.

Departure and arrival: Montevideo. Accommodation in country ranches and hotel. 12 days, 11 nights.

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This route takes in three of Uruguay’s most characteristic environments: the Atlantic coast, the wetlands and palm groves of the east, and the coastal mountain ranges interspersed with areas of natural uplands. During the first two days we will be enjoying the undulating landscapes of the Sierra de los Caracoles. This is an area of low uplands (up to 400m) comprising gentle valleys watered by crystal-clear springs and streams, and surrounded by dispersed yet thick banks of trees and shrubs, all set in an environment of grazing land. The area in general forms the characteristic “monte serrano” uplands.

On day three we move over to the Atlantic coast, where we will be staying until day six, travelling around areas of lagoons and marshlands inside the 200,000-hectare area forming the Los Bañados del Este Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest wetlands in the Southern Cone.

The route also follows the coastline, we being accompanied by a large colony of seals. On day sixth we will turn inland again to the natural protected area called La Quebrada de los Cuervos. In a jungle-like setting thriving in the shelter of a gorge carved out by a stream. Lastly, on day eight, we will be returning to the marshlands area Los Bañados del Este. We will spend the last days at Laguna Negra enjoying the aquatic setting, with its landscapes of “Monte serrano” ravine uplands and pastureland. On the twelfth day we return to Montevideo.

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