Wildlife locations

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:

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
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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: 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
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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

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

Wildlife trips

Few countries in South America boast such contrast and variety. Diverse habitats such as Patagonia’s bleak steppe, soaring Andean snowcaps, lush rainforest around Iguazu Falls, steamy marshlands of Iberá, and grasslands of the Pampas support an astonishing range of fauna – from penguins, whales and seals to condors, armadillos and guanacos.

3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Argentina’s Wild North

Visit the long-ignored northeast of Argentina and experience the best of its rich wildlife. This itinerary combines the remote ecosystem of the Iberá wetland, home to abundant and varied wildlife, with the pristine rainforest of Yacutinga, which you can explore on walking and river safaris with expert naturalist guides.

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

Wild Patagonia

Enjoy the best of Argentina and Chile, with stunning scenery and burgeoning wildlife at Torres del Paine and spectacular glaciers around Calafate. The trip culminates in two days at Valdes Peninsula, home to species such as the northern right whale, magellanic penguin and elephant seal.

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

Patagonia’s Marine Life

This trip focuses on the windswept shores of Argentina’s Valdes Peninsula, home to many marine mammals such as elephant seals, sealions and Magellanic penguins. Depending on the time of year, you can see orca, northern right whales or southern right whales, before visiting a rockhopper penguin colony.

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


  • 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
  • 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

Wildlife events

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



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