A complex system of freshwater wetlands, marshes and lagoons (the word ‘ibera’ in the Guaraní tongue means “bright waters”), no other region in Argentina can boast a comparable number of plant or animal species. Only declared a national provincial reserve in 1983, it has become a natural refuge for abundant and varied wildlife including the largest rodent on earth, the capybara, two types of caiman, the largest deer native to South America, howler monkeys, anacondas, otters and the endangered maned wolf, as well as more than 350 different bird species. And, of course, snakes and amphibians can also be found.
|Day 1||Posadas||Arrive Ibera Marshlands|
|Day 2-3||Ibera Marshlands||Explore Marshlands & Estancia|
|Day 4||Posadas or Iguazu||Return to Posadas or drive to Iguazu Falls|
On arrival at Posadas Airport, met for transfer to Rincon Del Socorro (approx. 267km, 4-5 hours – depending on weather and road conditions). After check-in, the guide will explain the activities available to you during your stay. If time permits, perhaps take an excursion offered by the lodge.
The classic Spanish homestead of Rincon del Socorro was originally built in 1896 and has a long and interesting history. Sensitively transformed into very stylish accommodation for 30 guests, with 6 rooms in the main house and 3 nearby bungalows, a stay is inclusive of home-cooked meals and a range of activities including wildlife safaris into the surrounding wetlands by boat and by horse.Guests can walk among noble old trees planted in the early 1900s that provide essential shade for this sub-tropical region and, with the recent renovation, now also enjoy a large variety of local native plants and classic azaleas and roses.
The lagoon next to the hosteria provides a never-ending wildlife show with capybaras, caimans, and up to 30 bird species in residence. This 12,000 hectare property is now part of the Conservation Land Trust, dedicated to the care of the environment.
Today you will explore Torres del Paine National Park. Starting at an old estancia in Villa Cerro Castillo continue to Lago Sarmiento where you will be able to see typical vegetation of this region as well as herds of guanacos. Once inside the Torres del Paine National Park you will be taken to different lookouts to see the majestic Macizo Paine. You will take a thirty minute walk to visit the Salto Grande waterfall where you will be able to see Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns). The day concludes after a visit to Lago Grey where you will trek for an hour to view Glacier Grey and icebergs. The path home is via the Mylodon Cave route where you will witness panoramic views of Macizo Paine
The following day will start with a cycle along the border of the Canal Señoret until you reach Puerto Natales. The first stop is Costanera Pedro Montt, to take in the spectacular view and visit the fishermen on the pier. From here you will head to the inner part of the city and to the Plaza de Armas, the historical Municipal building, which was built during the Magellan cattle fever, mixing a British Post-Victorian style with the traditions of this area. You will also have the opportunity to meet local artisans, visit workshops and listen to their stories.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer back to Punta Arenas Airport where your itinerary concludes. You may wish to add on a visit to the Atacama Desert or Chiloe Island onto this itinerary. Please contact our friendly travel agents to create a customised tour of Patagonia for you.