OUTSIDE BUENOS AIRES - The Pampas Grasslands, Marshes and Estuaries
The Pampas of central Argentina is one of the world's greatest savanna and marsh biomes. It's system of grasslands, extensive salt-grass marshes, coastal habitats, lakes and tidal estuaries paint a colorful picture, and the ease with which one can see the birds of the Pampas makes this a Mecca for bird watchers.
Pampas is a word with indigenous origins, describing a magical, open area of grasslands and woods. Most of the birds that once inhabited the original expanse of Pampas are represented within the short distance between Buenos Aires and San Clemente del Tuyu on the coast to the southeast. Based in San Clemente, within three or four days one can see an amazing variety and quantity of birds with ease.
The Maguari Stork with its bright red legs and spectacles, the rare Dot-winged, Red-and-White and Speckled Crakes, Guira Cuckoo, Wren-like Rushbird, the rare Crested Doradito, Diademed Tanager, the elegant Red-crested Cardinal, Correndera Pipit, Black-and-rufous and Red-rumped Warbling-Finches are but a few of the birds we'll look for.
Bright blue morning skies are filled with the calls of songbirds, and one can see up to 100 species on a good day. The Costanera Sur reserve outside of Buenos Aires regularly produces between 60 and 80 species of birds that are seen well due to the numerous pools divided by the dams we walk on.
With time to see the exciting city of Buenos Aires, the Pampas are a great place to start an extended tour into either northern or southern Argentina. The Pampas are one region that should be added to any Argentine tour, even if it is just in the form of a visit to Costanera Sur.