North West Argentina

is bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay in the North and Chile to the West and is famed for being one of the most scenic area’s in South America. This incredibly varied region of Argentina has a great diversity of natural habitats, ranging from Yungas Cloud forest to dry Chaco Woodlands. The three provinces in the northwestern most part of Argentina, Jujuy, Salta and Tucuman, host some pristine representatives of these habitats, all worth visiting for birders and wildlife enthusiasts to find some of the countries most sort after species. As a country, Argentina has just over 1,000 species of bird and this relatively unknown part of the country hosts over 600 of those species including the endemic Moreno’s Ground Dove, Sandy Gallito, Monte Yellow-finch and the rare Tucuman Mountain-finch. 

Hotspots & Wildlife:
Calilegua National Park: 
Calilegua National Park is a federal protected area in Jujuy province Argentina and is the largest National park in North West Argentina. The park has a subtropical climate, temperatures fluctuate between 17 °C in the winter  to 28 °C in the summer. The park has a beautiful landscape which includes Yungus Cloud Forest. The park is one of the bird watching hot spots in Northern Argentina and has many important species like the White-throated AntpittaYungas Manakin, Cream-backed Woodpecker and the rare Buff-fronted Owl. It is also possible to see a number of mammals here including South America’s largest mammal, the Brazilian Tapir. The park is also home to several species of cat including the Jaguar, Ocelot and Jaguarundi but these are rarely ever seen. 

Humahuaca & the high Andes: Humahuaca is a city in the province of Jujuy, Argentina. It is located north of Tilcara, in the colourful valley Quebrada de Humahuaca, east of the central Andean altiplano. The main habitat in the area is Puna, meaning there are a range of rare and restricted species to see. One of the main birding spots in the region is lake Pozuelos, this high altitude lake is a wildlife hotspot and is home to a number of interesting species like the James’s Flamingo and Horned Coot, the lake is also good for a number of Andean species like the Andean Lapwing, Andean Goose and Andean Gull. Driving the long roads through the vast open habitat you might also be able to spot species like the Puna and Ornate Tinamou along with a number of Mammals like the Vicuna and Guanaco. The Humahuaca Canyon is also a great area to search for the rare endemic Moreno’s Ground Dove, other species you could encounter are the D’Orbigny’s Chat-tyrant and Andean Hillstar. 

Yala Valley: Just south of the Humahuaca Valley lays the small village of Yala and the Yala River, which is bordered by lush Yungas cloud forest. Exploring this area is a must for birders and a short walk up the river you could see the incredible Rufous-throated Dipper and Torrent Duck. Further up the valley once you reach the Yungas Cloud forest you could have a chance to spot the rare Red-faced Guan and Yungas Pygmy Owl. Certain area’s of the valley are worth visiting at night as you might encounter the Lyre-tailed Nightjar, which nests in the valley.

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