TOURS – INTERNATIONAL

International Tour General Information

Reservation Deposits

10% deposit is required to reserve your space.

50% is due 120 days prior to start of tour.

100% is due 90 days prior to start of tour.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IS $500.00 UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE

Refunds and Cancellations

100% Refund 120 or more prior to start of tour.

50% Refund of total tour cost 90-119 days prior to start of tour*

25% Refund of total tour cost 60-89 days prior to start of tour*

*If total cost for tour has not been paid in full refund may not be applicable

NO REFUNDS LESS THAN  60 DAYS PRIOR TO START OF TOUR UNLESS SPOT CAN BE FILLED IN WHICH A 25% REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.

Trips DO NOT include airfare, food, drinks, tips, or other expenses not specifically mentioned in the tour description.

CDC and Local Guidelines for Covid-19 will be followed.

Birding Queensland Australia

August 16-23, 2022

$2150.00 PP Double Occupancy. Minimum 2 – Maximum 5

$600.00 Single Supplement

Have you ever wanted to visit the site of the famous Australia Zoo, home to Steve Irwin and his family? Archaeopteryx Tours can make that dream into a reality on this one-week birding and nature adventure to the Brisbane, Queensland area. This tour is designed to get a basic introduction to the birds of the Brisbane area.

August 16th- Arrive in Brisbane no later than 2pm. We’ll pick you up from the airport and our first stop will be the Dowse Lagoon in Sandgate for our first introduction to Australian birds. At this location we should see the Australian Ibis, Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Pacific Black Duck, Noisyminer, Hard head, Silver Gull, Magpie Goose, Welcome Swallow, Tree and Fairy Martins, Maned Duck, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Little Pied and Little Black Cormorant, Little Corella, Torresian Crow, Chestnut Teal, Australian Brushturkey, Australasian Darter, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Australasian Grebe, Tawny Frogmouth, Masked Lapwing, and Royal Spoonbill. Check into hotel for the night, have dinner, and talk about plans for the following days of the tour.

August 17th- A day at the Australian Zoo. Wild birds coming to the property include the Australasian Figbird, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Peaceful, Spotted, and Bar-shouldered Doves, White-throated Gerygone, Magpie-lark, Eastern Yellow Robin, Striated Pardalote, Golden Whistler, and the Silvereye.

August 18th- Marchant Park, Brisbane for Crested Pigeon, Brown Honeyeater, Willie-wagtail, Laughing Kookaburra, Variegated Fairywren, Rufous Whistler, Australian Magpie, Straw-necked Ibis, Brown Goshawk, Galah, Pale-headed Rosella, Gray Butcherbird, Bush Thick-knee, and the Long-billed Corella.

August 19th- Lytton Wader Roost and Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk for the Sacred Kingfisher, Red-backed Fairywren, Gray Fantail, Rainbow Bee-eater, Australian Reed Warbler, Black Swan, Torresian Kingfisher, Yellow-faced, Blue-faced and Mangrove Honeyeaters, Mangrove Gerygone, White-faced Heron, White-browed Scrubwren, and Australian Pelican.

August 20th- Nature Reserve on Hawkesbury Road for Noisy Friarbird, Sulfur-crested Cockatoo, Rufous Fantail, Red-browed Firetail, White-throated Treecreeper, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Spangled Drongo, Olive-backed Oriole, Pied Currawong, Eastern Whipbird, Pied Butcherbird, and the Pheasant Coucal.

August 21st- Eprapah Creek via Sewage Treatment Plant for the Scarlet Myzomela. Then onto the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve for Red-capped Plover, Pied Stilt, White-faced Heron, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, and Gray Teal.

August 22nd- Eagleby Wetlands for the Chestnut-breasted Munia, Gray Teal, Pacific Baza, White-breasted Woodswallow, Gray Shrikethrush, and Fan-tailed Cuckoo. Then Oxley Creek Common in the afternoon. Birds seen on this property include Brown Quail, Superb Fairywren, Tawny Grassbird, Black-fronted Dotterel, Australian King-Parrot, Little Lorikeet, and Striped Honeyeater.

August 23rd- Flights leaving in the morning. Drop off at the airport 7-8am for departing flights.

For advanced birders, I highly recommend a trip to the northeastern section of Queensland to experience seeing some of the endemic species of the province following this week. Price for this tour will be $2150 for the week (singles supplement of $600). Price includes transportation, hotel stay, water/snacks, bird checklists, and guide fee. The fee does not include meals. This tour is designed to stay in one area for the duration of the tour to avoid long road trips and hotel-hopping. We’ll be booking small groups only and we can take a minimum of 2 participants with a maximum of 5. Please contact us at archaeopteryxtours@gmail.com if you’re interested in signing up.

Birding and Photography Tour of Córdoba, Argentina

November 7-14, 2022

Cost – $3275.00 Per Person Double Occupancy Minimum 3 – Maximum 5

We’re putting together a week-long tour in Córdoba, Argentina with our partners who reside in the country. They have knowledge and expertise on the species of the region and will help to find us as many species as possible. This is a photography tour, so we’ll be moving at a slower pace than a regular birding tour and we’ll be restricting our movement by staying at least 2 nights in each location. Here’s the itinerary for the tour: Day 1:
Arrival in Cordoba, Pampa de Achala, and full birding day there. Night in San Javier.
Place: Pampa de Achala
Target species: Olrog’s Cinclodes, Sierran Meadowlark, Darwin’s Nothura, Andean Swift, Paraguayan Snipe, Andean Condor, Cinereous Harrier, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle,
Rufous-banded Miner, Cordoba Cinclodes, Puna Canastero, Cordilleran Canastero, Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant, Grass Wren, Hellmayr’s Pipit, Plumbeous Sierra Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra Finch.
Name of the town: San Javier.
How many nights: 2
Habitat types: Grassland with rocky areas (see the video titled “Pampa de Achala” in folder).
How much walking and difficult: It is a mountainous terrain so there will be slopes and streams. But there will be no routes greater than 500 meters. Obviously, if you want to walk, we can do it, you decide.
Day 2:
Birding in San Javier and the surrounding area. Night in San Javier.
Places: Traslasierras Valley. San Javier, Luyaba and La Poblacion.
Target species: Red-tailed Comet, White Woodpecker, Cream-backed Woodpecker, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Brown-capped Redstart.
Name of the town: San Javier.
How many nights: 2.
Habitat types: Mountain or Sierran Forest, Chaco Forest.
How much walking and difficult: Very quiet walk on rural roads. There will be slopes but not too steep.
Day 3:
Birding in Chancaní. Night at Totoral.
Places: Los Tuneles, Chancani, Dean Funes, Totoral.
Target species: Black-legged Seriema, Chaco Eagle, Tataupa Tinamou, Sick’s Swift, Chaco Owl, Spot-backed Puffbird, Spot-winged Falconet, Crested Gallito, Crested Hornero, White-naped Xenopsaris, Suiriri Flycatcher, Cinereous Tyrant, Black-crested Finch, Cinnamon Warbling Finch,
Name of the town: Totoral
How many nights: 2
Habitat types: dry forest (see the video titled “Chancani” in folder)
How much walking and difficulty: All observations will be near the vehicle and a 3 km walk through flat terrain on a trail.Day 4:
Birding in Salinas surrounding area. Night in Totoral.
Places: Jose de las Salinas, Dean Funes, Chuña, Totoral.
Target species: Black-legged Seriema, Spot-winged Falconet, Crested Gallito,
Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail, Plain Tyrannulet, Southern Scrub-Flycatcher, Salinas Monjita, Lesser Shrike-Tyrant, Black-crested Finch, Cinnamon Warbling Finch, Straneck’s Tyrannulet.
Name of the town: Totoral
How many nights: 2
Habitat types: Dry Forest. Salty area (see the video titled “Salinas” in the folder).
How much walking and difficulty: This day is going to be very hot. We need to wake up early and maybe we can’t be in the salt flats after 11 am. The terrain is easy but the sun can be overwhelming. Day 5:
Birding in Cerro Colorado. Night in Miramar.
Places: Cerro Colorado, Laguna del Plata, Miramar.
Target species: Chaco Chachalaca, Chaco Sparrow, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Ringed Warbling Finch, Shorebirds and Ducks, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Flamingo, James’s Flamingo, South American Painted-Snipe, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Dinelli’s Doradito.
Name of the town: Miramar.
How many nights: 2
Habitat types: Sierran Forest, Lake, and Marshes. (see the video titled “Cerro Colorado” in folder)
How much walking and difficult: The terrain is flat but near the shore of the lagoon there is a lot of mud and you can sink. Here we say that “el barro te traicionará” (“the mud will betray you”) because it seems firm and suddenly you sink to the knee. I highly recommend wearing rubber boots. Day 6 and 7:
Mar Chiquita Lake. Return to Córdoba and flight to Buenos Aires.
Places: Miramar.
Target species: Chilean Flamingo, Andean Flamingo, James’s Flamingo, Dot-winged Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, Collared Plover, Two-banded Plover, Speckled Rail, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Dinelli’s Doradito, Correndera Pipit, Solitary Black Cacique, Dark-throated Seedeater, Tawny-bellied Seedeater, Black-headed Duck, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture.
Name of the town: Miramar.
How many nights: 2
Habitat types: Lake and Marshes. (see the video titled “Mar Chiquita” in folder)
How much walking and difficult: The terrain is flat but near the shore of the lagoon there is a lot of mud and you can sink. Here we say that “el barro te traicionará” (“the mud will betray you”) because it seems firm and suddenly you sink to the knee. I highly recommend wearing rubber boots. Price for this tour will be $3275 per person double occupancy. This price includes your airport pickup/dropoff, transportation, meals, any park entry fees, water/snacks, and a checklist of the birds seen on your tour. It does not include your airfare to Buenos Aires. We’re looking for a minimum of 3 participants with a max of 5 to be able to run this tour this year. Our partners can also assist anyone who’d like to spend additional days in Buenos Aires with accommodations, things to do, wineries, transportation, even restaurants that cater to dietary restrictions.

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