7 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

El Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park

This small resort on the shore of Lago Argentino is the base for exploring the UNESCO site of Los Glaciares National Park, an area mostly covered by giant icefields. The five kilometre mouth of Perito Moreno Glacier towers 70 metres above the water, creating thunderous noises as blocks of ice break off.

  • Where: Santa Cruz Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, Black-faced ibis, Black-necked swan, Chilean flamingo, Torrent duck
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching

Ibera Marshland

This immense wetland in the north of the country – nicknamed the Argentine Pantanal – is almost twice the size of Florida’s Everglades. Accessed via the town of Mercedes, the maze of islands, lagoons, streams and marshland create a perfect habitat for mammals, reptiles and over 400 species of birds.

  • Where: Corrientes province
  • Ideal for viewing: Black caiman, Black howler monkey, Capybara, Maned wolf, Marsh deer
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching

Iguazu Falls

This magnificent array of 275 separate waterfalls stretches for over three kilometres along the border with neighbouring Brazil. The abundant flora and fauna of the surrounding tropical forest includes 400 bird species, 500 butterflies and 2,000 plants. A network of paths and walkways affords fine views.

  • Where: Misiones Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Black-capped capuchin, Coati, Harpy eagle, Ocelot, Agouti
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching

Punta Tombo

This headland, a hundred kilometres south of Trelew, is dedicated to protecting the Patagonian plateau and is also the site of the world’s largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguin. Between September and March, half a million congregate to breed, and by December the area is full of noisy, hungry chicks.

  • Where: Patagonia Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Black oystercatcher, Kelp gull, King cormorant, Magellanic penguin, Skua
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching, Penguin watching

Ushuaia & Tierra Del Fuego National Park

Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, lies far south of Buenos Aires in a dramatic position overlooking the Beagle Channel. The world’s most southerly city is surrounded by the wilderness and lakes of Tierra del Fuego, a perfect location for activities and watching wildlife.

  • Where: Terra del Fuego province
  • Ideal for viewing: Ashy-headed goose, Austral parakeet, Fur seal, Magellanic penguin, Magellanic woodpecker
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching

Valdes Peninsula

Argentina’s foremost wildlife site is a flat peninsula at the northern end of Patagonia, lined with sandy beaches and rocky shelves. The beaches are home to prodigious numbers of marine wildlife, including the only colony of elephant seal on the South American mainland. Birdwatching is good year round.

  • Where: Chubut Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Elephant seal, Lesser rhea, Mara, Orca, Southern right whale
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Birdwatching

Yacutinga Rainforest

Yacutinga Rainforest is a private reserve whose multi-layered ecosystem is home to countless species of birds, mammals and plants. You’ll explore on walking and boat trips with naturalist guides, watching colourful birds flit through the forest. Yacutinga makes a fantastic, relaxing end to any wildlife trip.

  • Where: Corrientes province
  • Ideal for viewing: Crested guan, Ocelot, Tapir, Agouti, Puma
  • Excellent for: River safaris, Birdwatching

3 recommended trips. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Wild Patagonia

Marvel at the scenic and wildlife highlights of the immense treeless plateau of Patagonia in both Argentina and Chile!

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 16 days

Patagonia’s Marine Life

Experience Patagonia and you will experience a region famed for its austere beauty and profuse wildlife.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 11 days

Argentina’s Wild North

Visit the long-ignored northeast of Argentina and experience the best of its rich wildlife.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 12 days

When to go

The time to visit Patagonia is during the southern hemisphere summer – from October to April – when the days are long and the weather gets gradually warmer over that period.

Seasons

  • Summer

    Dec to Feb: Hot in Buenos Aires, but cooler the further south you go
  • Autumn

    Mar to May: Mild, but significantly colder in Patagonia, where the winds decrease
  • Winter

    Jun to Aug: Cold winds blow over the flat plains of Patagonia, bringing snow
  • Spring

    Sep to Nov: Although much shorter in the north, spring brings blossom in October

Wildlife events

  • Feb to Apr: Prime season for orcas at Valdes Peninsula
  • Oct to Nov: Prime season for orcas at Valdes Peninsula
  • Sep to Dec: Southern right whales visit the bays off Valdes Peninsula
  • Dec to Jan: Magellanic penguins hatch at Punta Tombo
  • Sep to Apr: Elephant seals and sea lions on the Valdes Peninsula

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