As the second-largest wetland in the world after Brazil’s Pantanal, the Iberá Wetlands are home to a staggering array of wildlife and bird species. Packed with breath-taking waterfalls, lush wetlands and the haunting remains of Jesuit Mission culture, this region is one of Argentina’s best kept secrets and the perfect destination for those with a love of wildlife.
Tucked away in the north west of Argentina, the Iberá Wetlands are made up of a vast ecosystem of swamps, lakes, marshes, lagoons and floating islands of vegetation. Stretching down the Argentine corridor from Iguazu, the region is Argentina’s largest protected area and home to over 350 species of birds, numerous of species of mammals, reptiles and fish. Exploring this region offers an unparalleled wildlife experience and the chance to see some of the country’s most exotic wildlife.
Made up of an extensive network of channels and streams, the wetlands are best explored on boat or dugout canoe, delving deep into unexplored lagoons and swamps with an experienced guide is the best way to encounter a rich diversity of birdlife and wildlife. This includes capybaras, monkeys, marsh deer, armadillos, anacondas and caiman. Horse-riding across the pampas with a local gaucho, exploring the reserve on a nocturnal safari-drive and trekking through the native forest are also all on offer here and serve as a great way to get under the skin of this little explored region.
Ibera is a year round destination, however to avoid the extreme heat and humidity the months of December to February are best avoided. Imagine Latin America have paired up with a number of characterful and friendly lodges dotted around the area that boast a peaceful and relaxing setting and tend to include all meals and activities. Regardless of where you choose to stay, a minimum of three nights is recommended and will ensure a truly memorable visit to the Iberá Wetlands.
Although remote, with easy access and good logistical connections, a stay at Iberá wetlands works perfectly in combination with Iguazu falls, Buenos Aires, Posadas and a visit to the San Ignacio Mini Jesuit Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and glimpse into the ancient past of the Jesuit and Guaraní people.
With few visitors to this wild and pristine region, if we can give you one tip, it is to get there now before everyone else discovers it.