A Guide to Family Vacationing in Argentina

One of the things that’s makes Argentina one of the world’s top tourist destinations is the variety of things that there are for visitors to do here.  Ordinarily, a person would have to go to several different locations to experience such a variety of activities, witness and behold so many different settings and intermingle with people from many different backgrounds. Tierra del Fuego Argentina is perfect for families that wish to engage in a variety of activities and environments from steamy jungles, to the great Pampas grasslands to Patagonia to the mysterious Tierra del Fuego.  At Argentina Birdman we are proudest of the big game opportunities the country provides but there are many other things for families to do and experience here.  There are malls, beaches, amusement parks, shops, and tours which stretch throughout this beautiful country.

Argentina offers a multitude of places for families to visit and things for families to do.  For families who will be visiting Argentina we suggest these sites and activities.

  • Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales: Children love dinosaurs and this natural science museum has an impressive collection of prehistoric animal remains that will fascinate children of all ages.
  • Bioparque Temaikèn: For observing live animals in their natural habitat, there is this nature reserve which teaches children about the environment, different ecosystems and biodiversity.  It is approximately 50km from Buenos Aires.
  • Miramar – No family vacation would be complete without a visit to some of its beaches for relaxing, people watching, water sports and other activities.original_Coastline-Miramar Argentina
  • Parque de la Costa: One of the largest amusement parks in South America, Parque de la Costa is packed with rides and plenty of activities for children to enjoy with their parents.
  • Ranches: There are many ranches in Argentina that provide horseback riding for kids but also full board accommodations for the family.

Finally, Argentina is one of those rare vacation destinations that can accommodate everyone from families that are on a small budget to luxury minded travelers.  Accommodations at some ranches, for example, can cost as little as $30 a day.  One the other hand, 5 hotels in Buenos Aires can cost upwards of $300(USD) a night.  Argentina also has delicious and reasonably priced cuisine.  For example, families can enjoy all-you-can-eat parrilla (barbeque) from between $10 (USD) and $20 (USD) in many mid-priced restaurants.  A higher class meal in a fancier restaurant can typically cost between $20 (USD) and $40 (USD).  In the end, this variety plus reasonable prices is why Argentina is such a popular tourist destination not just for hunters but for their families as well.

The Terminology of Fly Fishing

argentina-fishing-travel-3As anyone who has ever been fly fishing can tell you it is a truly addictive sport.  It places traditional fisherman out of their comfort zone by challenging them to learn to cast in a totally different way.  Another challenge that it posses for participants, apart from mastering the skill itself, is learning the language that goes along with it.  Here are some commonly used words and phrases used by fly fisherman that beginners should familiarize themselves with.

  • Back Cast – This is a back and forth casing motion of the rod and line that lets you place your fly where you’d like.  The back cast is the part of the fly cast when the fly line goes behind the caster.
  • BeadheadA beadhead is a fly with its head right behind the hook eye.  Beads come in materials such as brass, nickel brass and ceramic.  Some beads help a fly to sink but others are floaters.
  • Clinch knot – this is a knot widely used for attaching a hook, lure, swivel or fly to the leader or line.
  • Disk drag – A disk drag is a device used on expensive fly reels that creates resistance on the line as a fish pulls it out.  This resistance often slows and tires the fish.  This resistance is created by the pressure between two disks (hence disk drag).  The result is a line this is less likely to break.
  • EddyAn eddy refers to a section of water that is relatively calm compared to other parts of the water.  The place where two streams converge is an example of where an eddy might occur.
  • Headwaters – These waters are an upstream section of a river before the main tributaries join it.  Typically, it is smaller in width and flow than the main part of the river.

In addition to the above words and phrases, fly fishermen also employ more colorful words and phrases to describe particular aspects of fly fishing.  Here are some slang terms and their meanings.

  • BarneyA Barney is an angler who claims to be all knowing but in fact can’t get hung.
  • Drive ByA drive by can either be a fish that hits a fly but doesn’t stay on or it can be a fast, sloping river that provides only one chance spot as you float by.
  • Darrells – Bait fisherman who kill fish are called Darrells.
  • Dope-on-a-rope – This is the name given to a guy who monopolizes a single spot by dropping an anchor on it.

Yes, fly fishing in Argentina can be truly addictive.  However, the challenge involved in mastering this type of fishing can be made easier when one knows the meaning of the words and phrases commonly associated with it.  At Argentina Birdman we can guarantee that you will kick your fly fishing adventure off to a great start.


Wing Shooting Tips and Tricks

A skilled hunter stealthily tracks his prey, quietly takes position, slowly aims his weapon, patiently takes his time and waits for his prey to be at its most still and then – takes the shot.  From there, the prey either falls immediately or runs off and a final round of tracking begins.  This is the case for shooting prey that eventually comes to a rest before the kill.  For wing shooting the dynamics are a argentina wing shootingbit different.  Wing shooting requires superior coordination, target acquisition and the ability to make quick decisions that are totally different from acquiring and bringing down a target that is stationary.  That is why knowing how to do it can be a great addition to any hunters set of skills.  Shooting only stationary (or relatively stationary targets) can masks errors in technique and gun handling not to mention other skills required to be a proficient hunter.  Wing shooting – that is the shooting of birds in flight – test and improves a hunter’s hand/eye coordination, reflexes and judgment.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you excel in one of the trickier aspects of hunting.

  • Safety first:  Always wear protective ear and eyewear when hunting.  Also make sure to leave your action open and your gun unloaded until you are ready to shoot.  Argentina wing shooting is an exhilarating sport and we require that all our clients observe all precautions while hunting in this country.
  • Position yourself correctly – elevate elbow: Just as shooting stationary targets, improper alignment when it comes to wing hunting can mean the difference between a hit and a miss.  Keep your head on the stock while pointing and firing.
  • Analyze flight path and shot position:  Study the habits and flight patterns of the birds you wish to hunt.  Often birds will fly with a slight curve, rise, angle or drop.  Watch until the target gives you the best opportunity to take your shot.  Only practice can enhance your ability to anticipate correctly and adjust to the animal.
  • Point, don’t aim:  Focus on the target instead of the gun barrel.  Aiming slows your swing.  Wing shooting is all about reaction.
  • Make sure your gun is properly fitted:  Be sure that your gun fits so that it shoots where you look.  Take your gun to a competent fitter if you are dissatisfied after testing it.

Argentina dove hunting presents an excellent opportunity for hunters to develop their wing shooting abilities plus it helps farmers in the country who consider doves to be great pest.  It is not big game hunting but is can be just as rewarding and some hunters have been known to bag hundreds of birds on a trip.

Trout Fly Fishing Tips

We just recently wrapped up another great Trout fishing season and if you missed out this year-start your planning now for next year. If you don’t understand the joy of Trout fishing in Argentina-let me tell you about it!Argentina-fishing-travel-3

Several times each year the expression on my dog’s face is priceless. Champ watches me with his head tilted to one side and stares quizzically trying to make sense of his master as he stands in the yard and – with his favorite fly rod – practices fly casting techniques. All this takes place until I can once again take time off to catch trout in the lakes and rivers of Patagonia. (That is the non-invisible kind.) My dog’s expression of bewilderment is shared by those who do not appreciate the experience of fly fishing for trout in Argentina. You have to experience it to get it. Well for those who do appreciate this Zen-like experience here are some tips to remember when fly fishing for trout in this gloriously unspoiled region.

Equipment: Obviously the first step is to have a good rod that is suited to the kinds of areas you will be fishing. For small, brush-lined streams try a 6 to 8 foot rod. For big rivers a 9 foot rod may make more sense since they are offer easier line control. In short, buy the best equipment you can reasonably afford.

Take your time and stalk the trout: This is where amateurs are separated from pros or to put it more succinctly where the boys are separated from the men.

Get into position: get into a good spot for a natural drift of the fly.

Learn to swing your fly while it is wet: Cast across and downstream. This way you allow the fly swing across the stream. This resembles the way darting minnow move.

Stay outside the tunnel of visibility: Submerged fish have a different perspective when viewing objects above the water’s surface. This is due to the refraction of light. Approach trout from behind or stay low.

Read the water speed: Trout feed in currents that run approximately 2-6 cubic feet per second. A good assessment of the water’s speed could mean the difference between an area that is fishable and one that is not.

Yes, as priceless as my puzzled dog’s face is, it cannot match the beauty of the unspoiled lakes of Patagonia or the gaping maw of a rainbow or brown trout. Purchase reliable equipment, practice casting and learn all you can about reading the waters and the fish in them and your experience fishing in Argentina is sure to be as memorable as mine are. At Argentina Birdman we invite you to try some of the most famous lakes and rivers for trout fishing in the entire country. Come alone or bring a party.


Tips for a Successful Deer Hunt

In the contest between man and nature, deer have centuries worth of instinct as prey animals on their side. Their entire life is about eluding predators using the natural instincts nature gave them. On the other hand, humans are many centuries removed from their hunter instinct, from having to go agstagainst a wild adversary. We have technology and they do not but big game hunting – especially for red deer – is not about technology. It is about out thinking your prey and finding again what was lost from inside of us when mankind moved out of the forest and wilderness and became ‘civilized.’ In order to help maintain the advantage as a hunter and help you with Argentina big game hunting, here are some tips to more successfully stalk, corner and bring down your prey.


Go Slow: Move slowly and practice staying still for long periods of time. Decide how much time you want to spend waiting for or stalking prey while you are Argentina red stag hunting.

Try judging the deer’s pace: Before stalking your quarry, try to determine its pace, what direction it may be heading in and whether it is feeding or simply walking.

Don’t give up: When stalking wounded quarry you may run into difficulties when following blood trails. For example, the trail may end suddenly with no hint of the prey in sight. At this point stay calm, look for smaller spots of blood and if necessary get on your hands and knees to continue tracking.

Don’t Poke: When coming up to an animal you have shot and that you believe may be dead, don’t prod it with your rifle. It may still be alive and charge you. Instead, throw a rock or branch at it to judge its reaction. This strategy is much safer.

Equipment: The Right Tools for the Right Job

I said before that Argentina big game hunting is not about the technology. That is not correct. It is not entirely about the technology but having the right equipment does matter to some degree. Here is a basic equipment list that should help you.

Rifle: Always be sure to have the correct caliber depending on the animal are trying to bring down. For red stag hunting a .260 or 6.5×55 would be the minimum caliber for bringing down this prey.

Binoculars: Buy the strongest, best pair you can afford paying special attention to durability (water proofing, etc), comfort and resolution.

Ammunition: Use soft point bullets like the Hornady Interlock.

Knives: A drop point knife is a very effective knife for dressing and skinning dear.

Backpack: Since some parts of Argentina are fairly remote you should be equipped with lights, a stove, matches and flint, rope, a tent fly, sleeping bag, food, a first aid kit and GPS – at a minimum.

Yes, with the proper preparation, knowledge and equipment you should be able to compensate for what we all lost when we moved indoors from the wilderness – the instinct and ability to hunt our prey. Argentina Birdman can put you in contact with a wide variety of red deer, black buck antelope, buffalo, wild sheep, goat and others animals on Argentina’s ranges and can give you the support you need and provide you with the hunt of a lifetime.

Argentina Wing Shooting First, Peninsula Valdes Second

Your Argentina wing shooting trip is booked and you are getting excited, but something feels like it’s missing. So you go down the list: Travel arrangements? Check! Excursion booked with Argentina Birdman? Check! Your best buddies are on board? Check! So what feels like it’s missing? Well, we have a suggestion…

Sure, a six day Argentina bird hunting adventure is exciting enough on its own; but if you’re flying all the way to Argentina already don’t you think it’s worth it to stay another week or so to check out some of the other sights too? Well we do! As you may have noticed, our last couple of blogs have been suggestions on other places to visit while you’re here in Argentina and today we are going to follow suit with yet another suggestion. So take a load off and let us tell you all about the "argentina wing shooting"Peninsula Valdes:

The Peninsula Valdes is a must-see highlight for any trip to Argentina. This beautiful formation along the Atlantic coast of Argentina offers some of the most amazing sea life and wildlife anywhere in the world. This peninsula has formed two natural inlets that provide shelter to many different types of wildlife including the Southern Right Whales, elephant seals, Magellenic penguins, and many more.

For many people, it’s the Orca Whales that draw them to this magical wildlife reserve. There are only two pods of Orcas in the world who have learned how to purposely beach themselves in order to hunt; and one of those extraordinary Orca pods just so happens to patrol the shores of the Peninsula Valdes. Come at the right time of year and you can witness this incredible act of nature in all of its glory.

While tourist season spans a rather large range—September through March to be exact—if you’re looking to experience all the biggest marine life events the best time to go is between September and the end of November. The later end of the year is when all big events usually take place.

Now that you’ve realized just how amazing Argentina actually is go ahead and give the airline a call and extend your trip. Whether you’re into big or small game hunting, Birdman will take you on the excursion of a lifetime; combine that with whatever else you decide to do with the rest of your stay and you are guaranteed to have the best vacation of your life.

Big Game Hunting and Wine Tasting in Mendoza go Hand in Hand

If you think a hunter can’t also thoroughly enjoy a nice glass of wine then you are sadly mistaken. We have had many-a-visitors come take an Argentina big game hunting excursion with us or sign up for a little Argentina duck hunting trip and then spend the second half of their vacation cruising around the Argentina wine country in Mendoza. And let me tell you, a little hunting followed by a little wine tasting makes for the perfect getaway!

If you’re thinking about putting together a little hunting and wine tasting excursion of your very own, Argentina Birdman is here to help. First, schedule your hunting trip with us and then read on for more info on Argentina wine country…

First things First, you need to know where to go; well, Mendoza is the most important wine region in Argentina, so we always recommend you go there. The city boasts the beautiful backdrop of the Andes foothills on the western edge of Argentina. You’ll enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery just as much as you enjoy the delicious wines that you will surely sample.

Prior to the 1990’s Argentina wine was far from internationally known; but once they began to compete in the international market, Mendoza quickly became a force to be reckoned with. Although Malbec is the grape that put Mendoza’s name on the map, recently wineries in this beautiful region have been working tirelessly to prove that Argentina can actually produce a plethora of delicious grapes.

It should come as no surprise that the rise of the wine industry brought along with it a boom in the hospitality and tourism industries. You’ll find everything from quaint little inns to five-star luxury hotels; local eateries to celebrity chef owned restaurants; tastings at small family owned wineries to half day tours and tastings at large, upscale wineries with miles upon miles of vineyard. Mendoza, Argentina truly has something for everyone.

Finally, I’d like to leave you with a couple winery suggestions; the following are some of my personal favorites in the region…

El Lagar Winery in Lujan de Cuyo is run by one of the most unique winemakers in the world, Carmelo Patti. Patti creates incredible artisan wines out of his garage-like winery. The best part abe3da083771fefd9d984ecd323772c96dout this gem of a winery? If not out traveling, Carmelo Patti himself will greet you with a big smile, show you around the winery and chat your ear off for hours. Visiting El Lagar Winery is a truly unique experience you won’t want to miss out on.

Bodegas Lopez Winery in Maipu. This historical winery was founded in 1898, well before the Malbec boom, by Spanish immigrant Jose Lopez Rivas; it is currently run by the fourth generation of Rivas’. This vast, beautiful property dbodegas-lopez-de-herediaoubles as both a winery and a well-preserved museum. You can take a general tour for free, but I would say the exquisite tasting is worth the small fee.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

So you’ve decided to book an Argentina dove hunting trip with the best bird and big game hunting outfit in the country—Argentina Birdman. Well, we can’t wait to have you! Although experiencing the best dove hunting Argentina has to offer is definitely worth the trip on its own, there are also a number of other wonderful places to explore while you’re here. So why not extend your trip by a few days and check out some of the beautiful sights that Argentina has to offer?

Need help narrowing down your sightseeing and recreation adventure options? Well, we can definitely help with that. Throughout the next few blogs we’ll fill you in on some of our favorite spots to visit throughout Argentina. This month, let’s takeheaven-on-earth-iguazu-falls-south-america a look at the gorgeous Iguazu Falls—located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana…

Iguazu Falls should definitely be on your bucket list of places to visit before you leave this earth. These magical falls were voted one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, which seems fitting since “Iguazu” roughly translates into “Great Waters.” If you thought Niagara Falls was a glorious sight to see, you will have your socks blown right off when you visit Iguazu Falls—which are much taller than and twice as wide as Niagara Falls. The waters from the Iguazu River seems to hurl themselves over the mesmerizing cliffs, and in the process create a spellbinding mist that rises amongst the jungle. The sheer power of these falls will leave you mouth agape and in awe of what nature is capable of.

The falls divide the Iguazu River into the upper and lower sections. While the majority of the river flows through Brazil, the powerful falls all spill over into Iguazu National Park in Argentina. You can make your visit to the falls a day trip if you’re short on time or trying to see as many sights as possible, but we would suggest spending at least two days near these enchanting waters. No matter where you’re starting off in Argentina, the falls are easily accessible by plane, car and bus.


Morning Duck Hunt

As you’re getting ready for your Argentina bird hunting trip you’re probably anxious to know what to expect. Well I don’t want to spoil the excitement of experiencing everything firsthand for the first time, but I will give just a peek into what you can expect…

The first full day is normally an early morning call for a hearty breakfast and then you are off to the duck area. The bird boys have duck blinds set up weeks in advance in strategic areas that they have scouted to determine the flight patterns of the ducks. The blinds are constructed of hard platforms and are usually large enough for two hunters. There is an automatic duck caller and approximately six boxes of shells aFeatured imagere provided for each hunter.

The decoys are spread out in front of the blinds. In Argentina there are normally 10 -12 decoys per blind, larger amounts of decoys are not necessary and actually seem to discourage the ducks from landing. The blinds are approximately shoulder length and also have a portable stool if the hunter prefers to sit. The bird boys will stand behind the blind and tell you when they see the ducks coming from either side.

At approximately 9:30AM the hunting is over for the morning, all decoys and dead birds are picked up and you are back at the truck for pictures. I should note that chest waders are required as sometimes there are ditches and deeper areas to and from the blinds. But don’t worry, the blind is comfortable with no water or just ankle deep water.

The hunters are then transported back to the ranch for a big lunch. And in the afternoon there is dove or perdiz hunting… but we’ll take a look at Argentina dove hunting in a later blog. For now just remember, if you’re looking for the best duck hunting Argentina has to offer, be sure to book your trip with Argentina Birdman today!

Sit Back, Relax and Let Us Take Care of Everything

Today I’d like to discuss how a typical six day combo hunt usually works: First things first, all of the hunters arrive in the City of Buenos Aires. One very important advantage of our organization is that it is not necessary to fly from Buenos Aires City to another airport on a domestic airline. We have found that this can turn into a disaster. The domestic airlines are rarely reliable; travelers often experience cancellations and delays that can ruin a hunter’s experience. When there is a strong possibility Featured imagethat you will miss your flight in one direction or another, it’s hard to relax and enjoy your hunting excursion. And when you don’t have to worry about taking a domestic flight, you won’t have the additional expense or time involved to worry about either. So from the second you book a hunting trip with us you can rest assured knowing we’ve already thought of everything and your upcoming Argentina bird hunting adventure will be as thrilling as it is easy to navigate.

All you have to worry about is getting checked through customs, after that we’ve got you covered. The owner’s wife, Anabella, will greet you at the Airport. She’ll have a van or other transportation ready to head toward your destination. The transportation is very comfortable and there will be a few stops along the way for snacks and bathroom breaks. You will arrive in time for an evening dove shoot. As you can see on our dove and duck pages, the accommodations are first class Argentina with comfortable beds (2 in a room) and great bathrooms. There are fireplaces and a large sitting area in the trophy room along with a bar and dining room. All food, wine, beer, liquor and housekeeping are included.

Your evening dove shoot upon arrival is considered a half day. Your stay will include six nights. On the last day of your trip, you will pack your luggage and duck hunt that morning on your way back to the airport. As you can see, you will get 5 full days and two ½ days, which comes out to 12 hunting sessions. We do not consider the first and last day full days as many other outfitters do. So when you’re ready to experience the best duck hunting Argentina has to offer, give Argentina Birdman a call and book your six day combo hunt package.