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.
|Arrive Ibera Marshlands
|Explore Marshlands & Estancia
|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.
At Rincón del Socorro there is abundant and varied wildlife including the largest rodent on earth, the capybara, two types of caimans, howler monkeys, freshwater otters, marsh deer, and 350 different bird species.
During the next two days you’ll have a choice of activities:
Horse rides in the marshlands: The horse rides are part of the program and guests are encouraged to “give it a go”, even if not an experienced rider. Riding is one of the best ways to explore the marshlands and it is much easier to spot wildlife. One of the horse rides will lead you to the coast of the marshlands and on the way you will see a variety of birds and other local animals.
Walks: Take either guided or self-guided nature walks along the paths around the ranch to look for many plants and animals that have benefited from the estancia’s becoming a nature reserve. There are also longer hikes along dirt roads and trails.
Bird-watching: Rincón del Socorro is an excellent place for bird-watching.
Boat rides: Excursions in Ibera marshlands are usually done either by canoe or in motorboats. Rinvcon del Socorro has their own boat and trips begin at the far end of the ranch, 35km north-east of the main house; it takes about 30 minutes to get there by car. More often these trips are made in the early morning or early evening when more birds and wildlife are about. The bird life is excellent and if it’s a sunny day you’ll likely find many caimans sunning themselves.
After breakfast check out of Rincon del Socorro and transfer back to Posadas Airport where your itinerary concludes. Another option is to continue by road to Iguazu Falls, perhaps visiting San Ignacio, a former Jesuit mission founded in 1632, along the way .