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Estancia Rincon del Socorro
Ibera Wetlands, Argentina
Best for: Family, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track
Estancia Rincon del Socorro is a remote wildlife lodge in Argentina’s magical Ibera wetlands. Run on ecological lines, with superb accommodation and cuisine, Rincon del Socorro offers nature lovers some of Argentina’s top wildlife encounters.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Estancia Rincon del Socorro is a former cattle ranch that is part of a project run by the late Douglas Tompkins to restore the Ibera wetlands to its pristine state. The property itself spreads over 12,000 hectares of reeds, lagoons, gallery forest and pastures. Over the next few years, the lodge plans to re-introduce many species which have previously become extinct from the area, starting at the bottom of the food chain with tapier, anteater, wild pigs and more before finally jaguars will start to reappear. Their long term plan is to gradually return the many acres of land that they own back to the country as National Parks.
The estancia is very remote, but it is incredibly worthwhile making the journey here to experience traditional ranch life and the Ibera’s unique flora and fauna. The lodge has six guest rooms in the main house and three small bungalows set amongst the grounds, which are all individually designed and very comfortable, with private bathrooms and air conditioning.
The owners of Rincon del Socorro provide a welcoming and homely environment for guests and the service is highly personalised. A lot of attention is given to the cuisine, which features delicious ingredients raised locally, including free range meats, home baked bread and vegetables from the property's own organic gardens.
When the weather is fine meals are served on the terrace and there is also a barbecue hut where picnics and traditional asado barbecues are prepared, great for enjoying with a fine Argentinean wine. There is also a library area and an outdoor pool that offers a lovely spot to relax in the middle of the day in between game drives.
Surrounding Rincon del Socorro is the incredible Ibera ecosystem, and the estancia organises a range of activities to help you get beneath the skin of this place. Children are very welcome at the estancia and the owners have children themselves and are more than happy to devise child-friendly activities so that the whole family can get the most out of a stay at the estancia. Expert gaucho guides will take you out by 4WD, boat, on horseback and on foot to see howler monkeys, anteaters, caimans, capybara, colourful flocks of birds and much more. There are also opportunities to take part in a seasonal cattle round-up or learn about the gaucho lifestyle as you share a mate tea with one of the friendly estate workers. A sister property, Estancia San Alonso, in an even more remote part of the estate, offers utter privacy and a chance to include some sport fishing along with wildlife viewing.
When to go
The Wetlands are home to astonishing wildlife all year round. Any time of year has its own charms however summer (November-March) can be hot and humid. High season is July, August, September, October and April. Medium season is January, February, March, May and November. Low season is December and June.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Rewilding Project at Rincon del Socorro
Learn about the Rewilding Project through videos and talks with biologists and technicians and if you’re lucky you may spot some of the recently re-introduced species as you tour around the lodge and its surroundings.
Horseback Riding or Cycling (Rincon del Socorro)
Explore Rincon del Socorro your way, choose between horseback riding or cycling to discover what the region has to offer.
Wildlife and Bird-Watching Excursion at Rincon del Socorro
Rincon del Socorro offers incredible opportunities to see a range of unique wildlife. Owing to its privileged location as the most remote lodge in this region, the wildlife is abundant, due to no hunting most species do not fear human presence.
Night Safari at Rincon del Socorro
During a night safari, you will have the opportunity to spot many creatures that only surface in the darkness.
Coast of the Wetlands
Other than the standard excursions available around the Iberá region, Rincon del Socorro offers a special trip which takes you to the coast of the wetlands.
Boat Excursion on the Iberá Lagoon
Enjoy a day out to navigate the Iberá lagoon by boat, in search of animals and birdlife. This is one of the best spots in Argentina for wildlife viewing.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Buenos Aires, Ibera Wetlands, Iguazu Falls, Valdes Peninsula and Pampas
Combine Argentina’s most diverse and wildlife-rich regions, taking in areas of tremendous natural beauty. Spot an array of wildlife in the Ibera wetlands and Peninsula Valdes, soak up city life in Buenos Aires and marvel at the magnificent Iguazu falls.