Esteros del Iberá - The great marshlands of Argentina
Esteros del Iberá
Province
Corrientes
Distance from Buenos Aires
815km.
Flight time from Buenos Aires
1hr. 30min. to Posadas + 2hr. 30min. by bus
GDS Code
POS
Weather
Temperature
Period
Summer
Min:19º/Max:32º
Dec 21st
Mar 21st
Autumm
Min:11º/Max:27º
Mar 21st
Jun 21st
Winter
Min:11º/Max:25º
Jun 21st
Sep 21st
Spring
Min:13º/Max:29º
Sep 21st
Dec 21st
 
 

In the heart of Corrientes province and 1,000 kilometres north of Buenos Aires you will find Esteros del Iberá, the great marshlands of Argentina. Twice the size of the Everglades and the second largest marshland in the world (behind the Pantanal in Brazil), Esteros del Ibera boasts a staggering array of wildlife
The Iberá Lake and marshlands are among the last paradises on earth where visitors can get face to face with caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, howler monkeys and hundreds of birds. Over 350 species of birds live in this virgin landscape. In the heart of Corrientes province you will find the Iberá wetlands. The nature reserve, founded in the year 1983, covers over 13,000 km² of marsh with over 60 lakes – an area where wild animals are still the protagonists.
In 2002 Esteros del Iberá was put on the list of reserves of fresh water systems by the Ramsar convention, especially because of the area’s unique biodiversity and the multitude of endangered plants, birds and wildlife. Aboriginals lived, fished and hunted on the islands before the Europeans settled in the lake area. In later days it was the “mariscadores” who took up these old practices; today some of these men work as park rangers.
One of the over sixty lakes is Laguna Iberá, which in Guaraní – the language of the natives – means sparkling waters. It’s a unique starting-point for excursions through the reserve. For any lover of wildlife Iberá is just as overwhelming as for photographers and natural scientists.
The untouched environment is home and paradise to hundreds of species of birds, caimans, capybaras, marsh deer, otters, maned wolves, wild cats, howling monkeys, skunks, anacondas, piranhas and many other animals.
If you’ve dreamt of escaping civilization, getting in contact with untouched nature and being face to face with wild animals – Iberá will make your dreams come true.

Activities:

Safaris
By boat: On the lake Iberá you can take morning, afternoon and sunset safaris. Swamp deer, capybaras, caimans, giant otters and birds can be observed all year round.
Night Safaris: To see the swampland’s other face, you start off with a specialized guide around sunset.

Bird watching
Thanks to Iberá’s being the home to over 350 species of birds, Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is a must for any professional ornithologist or hobby birder.

Hikes, treks and walks
The best way to discover the tiny details of the intact nature of Iberá is on foot.

Cultural excursions
A day in the life of the gauchos: Early in the morning we drive you to a place in the middle of nowhere. Local guide and his horses will take you on a unique and adventurous trip to several little farmhouses; places you only get to on horseback or on foot

•  Horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage trips
Sitting astride a horse, you’re sure to get a different view of the marshland and its surroundings. In the company of your guide you will find trails through palm tree forests and past the sparkling water of the lake.

Farm visits and agricultural tourism
The area of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is mainly pasture land with large horse and cattle breeding farms. A visit brings you close to the life and habits of the farmers.

Fly Fishing Fresh Water Dorado:
The freshwater Dorado belongs to the Salmon family. It is a hard fighting and acrobatic fish, well known for strong runs and relentless jumps. A new alternative, allowing for clear water fishing on light spinning tackle and on fly rods, with plenty of opportunity for sight casting.

 

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Programs

1 – IRUPÉ ADVENTURE 5 Days – 4 Nights Program (extension from or to Iguazú Waterfalls)

Day 1
Posadas (Misiones) Airport Arrival or transfer from Iguazú Waterfalls
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport Private transfer from Posadas to Irupé Lodge.
Lunch.
Boat safari into different areas of the Iberá marshes.
You’ll experience an incredible amount of wildlife such as alligators, capybaras, swamp deer, giant otters, birds etc… from very close with specialized local aquatic fauna guide followed by a guided trek to the monkey jungle (nature trail and museum).
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Full day trekking or horse ride will bring you around a very remote area at the Iberá swamp shore where people still live without cars and electricity.
You visit several gauchos and their houses and you’ll get to know their families, their daily work and traditions of hand crafts with raw hide and sheep wool. Besides this cultural experience you can observe wildlife of the “pampa humeda” such as ostriches, owls, vizcachas, skunks, snakes and pampas birds, authentic lunch at gauchos home.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Relax.
Lunch.
2 ½ hour boat trip to an island and camp night by the lake shore where you will witness an amazing sunset surrounded by vegetation and wildlife hearing the strange noises from the swamp at night while observing night active animals and an incredible star filled sky.
Dinner and overnight at the island in a camp.

Day 4
Morning time to explore the island and its surroundings mainly consisting in floating islands, channels and lagoons; followed by boat safari back to Irupé Lodge.
Late lunch.
Free afternoon to relax or take an optional activity.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 5
Private transfer by four wheel drive from Irupé Lodge to Posadas.or to Iguazú Waterfalls

END OF THE PROGRAM


2 - IRUPÉ SAFARI 4 Days – 3 Nights Program (extension from or to Iguazú Waterfalls)

Day 1
Posadas (Misiones) Airport Arrival or transfer from Iguazú Waterfalls
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport Private transfer from Posadas to Irupé Lodge.
Lunch.
Boat safari into different areas of the Iberá marshes.
You’ll experience an incredible amount of wildlife such as alligators, capybaras, swamp deer, giant otters, birds etc… from very close followed by a short trek to the monkey jungle and visit to the Iberá museum.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Combo boat safari + horse ride, this excursion will let you dive silently into the mysterious natural channels of the wetlands. You will become witness of the caimans' peculiar way of nesting and incubating, protected by the dense vegetation of floating islands and observe dozens of species of birds. After getting off the boat at a remote wooden bridge you will explore the following countryside on horseback. The ride takes you along the lake; Caranday palm tree forests, reeds and natural jungles form a landscape of a wild beauty that will get under your skin, picnic break with homemade bread, local cheese and drinks is included.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Full day trekking or horse ride will bring you around a very remote area at the Iberá swamp shore where people still live without cars and electricity. You visit several gauchos and their houses and you’ll get to know their families, their daily work and traditions of hand crafts with raw hide and sheep wool. Besides this cultural experience you can observe wildlife of the “pampa humeda” such as ostriches, owls, vizcachas, skunks, snakes and pampas birds, lunch at gauchos home.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 4
Breakfast. Private transfer by four wheel drive from Irupé Lodge to Posadas.or to Iguazú Waterfalls

END OF THE PROGRAM


3 - IRUPÉ CAMPO 4 Days – 3 Nights Program (extension from or to Iguazú Waterfalls)

Day 1
Early arrival to Mercedes bus terminal by overnight bus from Retiro.
Private transfer from Mercedes to Irupé Lodge.
Lunch.
Boat safari into different areas of the Iberá marshes. You’ll experience an incredible amount of wildlife such as alligators, capybaras, swamp deer, giant otters, birds etc… from very close with specialized local aquatic fauna guide.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Full day trekking or horse ride will bring you around a very remote area at the Iberá swamp shore where people still live without cars and electricity. You visit several gauchos and their houses and you’ll get to know their families, their daily work and traditions of hand crafts with raw hide and sheep wool. Besides this cultural experience you can observe wildlife of the “pampa humeda” such as ostriches, owls, vizcachas, skunks, snakes and pampas birds, authentic lunch at gauchos home.
Dinner and overnight at Irupé Lodge.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Free morning to relax in the pool, take a kayak ride or do an optional activity.
Lunch.
Guided trek to the monkey jungle (nature trail and museum) followed by boat safari into other parts of the wetlands to observe wildlife and the sunset over lake Iberá.
Dinner and night Irupé Lodge

Day 4
Breakfast. Private transfer by four wheel drive from Irupé Lodge to Posadas.or to Iguazú Waterfalls

END OF THE PROGRAM


Birdwatching in Esteros del Iberá

Lake Cruise:

One of our highly trained local rangers will sail us across the pristine waters of the Iberá Lake to reach the winding channels formed by the “embalsados” or “floating islands”. These are floating mats of vegetation capable of supporting tall marsh plants, shrubs and even certain trees; where capybaras and marsh deers -most likely ridden by a cattle tyrant- graze peacefully at all times and where the everpresent “yacare caimans” hide awaiting their next catch, close to the bulky odd-looking crested screamer-who obligingly carry out their breeding cycle in full view of the human eye.

This is the perfect habitat too for the myriad of birds that are to be found in this unique environment, where more than 400 species make of the Iberá Marshland their home.

The lagoon is teeming with winged fishermen : the three species of kingfishers, cormorants and anhingas; egrets ,herons and fishing hawks(black collard and great black hawk); snail kites , limpkins, seasonal terns(large-billed and yellow-billed and may be black skimmers)and more. All displaying their various catching techniques right before our eyes. Brazilian ducks, jacanas, giant wood-rails and common gallinules are everpresent, but it is also possible to spot purple, azure and spot-flanked gallinules as well. We will also be defied by the shrilling sounds of different kinds of crakes calling from inside the vegetation thickets.

The profuse reed banks and the colourful water vegetation are the home of other remarkable birds: the scarlet-head blackbird, the white headed marsh tyrant,the yellow-browed tyrant , the yellow billed cardinal ,the black-capped danacobiuos and the many coloured rush tyrant ,amongst many others like an interesting variety of thornbirds, the yellow throated spinetail and the sooty tyrannulet. Each outing offering a new possibility of something exciting to see at any time of day!

END OF THE PROGRAM


Overland Drive:


A coarse farm-road will take our 4 by 4 vehicle through grasslands, ricefields, marshes, open homogeneous woods and the caranday palm tree savanna.

The variety of habitats we will traverse will give us the opportunity for watching a collection of very interesting birds: mixed flocks of white-browed blackbirds, yellow-rumped marshbirds, shiny cowbirds and red-crested cardinals, bands of picui ground-doves, yellow-finches and seed-eaters in the open fields; storks (maguari, wood and an eventual jabiru), herons and egrets (including white-necked, striated, whistling herons, and tiger-bittens), ibises (plumbeous and bare-faced ), ducks (Brazilian, varied whistling ducks, maybe even a muscovy duck) and jacanas in the marshy areas; long-winged and cinereous harriers gliding low over any of the fields.

In fields where the ground is dry, flocks of common rheas are to be seen, and some pair of burrowing owls will make an appearance. Along the road, fence-poles and small trees will serve as watch-outs for the white and the grey monjitas, guira-cuckoos, roadside hawks, chimango and crested caracaras and, quite likely, to a savanna hawk or an aplomado falcon. And walking in front of the car, surely, a spotted tinamou.


As we get-off the vehicle and walk into the ñandubay and palm-tree parkland we shall be met by numerous flickers (field flickers and green-barred woodpecker), and we shall add yellow cardinals, scimitar-billed woodcreepers, brown cacholotes and, maybe, the great horned owl to our list of encounters.

With the help of our friendly local experts we are sure to enlarge our list of birds and make this outing an unforgetable experience .


Forest Trek:


The Iberá Wetlands are dotted about by small hammocks (roundish land-raises) which are covered by a wet forest, that shares many of the traits of the true “rain-forest” yet with a more modest height.

A winding trail takes us into the interior of several of such forest-copses amidst myrtle trees, strangler figs, “ pindó” palms, buttress-rooted “alecrines”, hanging lianas and aerial gardens made of the many epiphytes which carpet every horizontal branch where our walking adventure begins.

Our proficiently trained guide will be very helpful when trying to spot out the many feathered inhabitants of these forests who are more heard than seen, but who often expose themselves at the edges and clearings; like the three grossbeaked saltators, the squirrel-cuckoo, the white-lined and the sayaca tanagers, the blue-billed black-tyrant, the pearly-vented toddy-tyrant, the solitary black and the golden-winged caciques, the becards, the variable antshrike, the tiny and busy fellows such as the masked gnatcatcher, the tropical parula and the white-rimmed warbler, and, attracted by the flowering trees, the hummingbirds (mainly, but not exclusively, the gilded sapphire and the glittering-bellied emerald).

The typical sounds of cooing or wood-hammering will guide us, in the interior of the forest, to the white-tipped dove or the picazuro pigeon or to one of the many woodpeckers (the checkered, the cream-backed, the little or the whitebarred piculet, among others).The noisy plush-crested jay will be calling as if to attract our attention.

Along the path, coming across the timid grey brocket-deer or the nine-banded armadillo is a reasonable probability, and more so detecting, on the trees above us, the resident clan of black howler-monkeys.

On marching from one forest patch to the next, the trail takes us across some stretches of grassland, home of the great pampa-finch and of many other seedeaters .

Now our list will be almost complete as we have covered all the different habitats that this unique land offers to its visitors, ensureing an unmatchable experience.

END OF THE PROGRAM

 

 

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