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Juventus lake, Negra Beach, Manso River
Tour:  Juventus Lake, Negra Beach, Manso River.  
With an early morning start (06:00 to 08:00h), we leave Bariloche and follow the paved Highway 40 for some 35 minutes, heading for Lake Juventus. After a 20-minute walk we arrive at the lake, surrounded on its shores by evergreen beech trees, high deciduous beech trees, colihue canes and other species, and an incredible view of Mount Padre Laguna. Here the songs of endemic birds will delight us as we enjoy a peaceful snack and a rest. We will walk around part of the lake and then head down to the vehicles; after a 15-minute drive we’ll come to the shore of the Manso River and there enjoy a delicious lunch. 

After a brief rest we will walk through a small Antarctic deciduous beech and evergreen beech forest and do some more birdwatching. To end the day, we will drive a further 10 minutes on a gravel road to the wet meadows of Negra Beach with their imposing views of Mascardi Lake and Mount Bonete. We will walk around here until sunset, with the possibility of observing new bird species. During the day we will have the opportunity to see both aquatic birds and woodland species, such as the Magellanic woodpecker, thorn-tailed rayadito, white-throated treerunner, Patagonian tyrant, Patagonian sierra finch, austral thrush, black-chinned siskin, Chilean flicker, chucao tapaculo, black-throated huet-huet, ochre-flanked tapaculo, Andean tapaculo, Chilean pigeon, speckled teal, brown pintail, spectacled duck, Chiloe widgeon and upland goose.
Full day tour
Included: Transport from the hotel, a morning snack, lunch and tea. Bilingual guide with binoculars and spotting scope.

Suggested gear:  
Binoculars, warm clothing in “natural” colours (greens and browns, etc.), long trousers, preferably not cotton to avoid discomfort from burrs, trekking shoes, sunscreen and small rucksack.

Walter Palavecino & Mariano Diez Peña

Birding Patagonia • Birdwatcing in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina and Chile.
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Photographs on the website: Mariano Diez Peña