Ibera Wetlands Tours
The vast Iberá Wetlands – ý berá means “shining waters” in the indigenous Guaraní language – are the world’s second largest freshwater wetlands after the Pantanal, covering 1.3 million hectares in the Corrientes province in the north-east of the country. Also known as Esteros del Iberá, this wilderness of lagoons, permanent freshwater pools and marshlands, is home to more than 4,000 species of flora and fauna (including caiman, otters, capybaras, wolves, howler monkeys, jaguar and the vulnerable marsh deer), and more than 360 species of birds.
Once the haunt of hunters and realm of cattle ranchers, thanks to recent creation the new Iberá National Park, in combination with the neighboring Iberá Provincial Park, 1.76-million acres of the area is now protected, the largest protected area in all Argentina. Only now opening up to tourism, Iberá Wetlands tours offers extraordinary wildlife encounters and water-borne or horseback exploration from comfortable lodge bases.