Subtropical Paradises Iguazu and Ibera Marshes
Places Visited: Iguazu & Ibera Marshes
This unique eco-adventure tour explores some fascinating natural scenery of northeastern Argentina. Begin the adventure at Iguazu Falls; one of the most impressive waterfalls, set in lush tropical rainforest. Then visit the ruins of the former Jesuit missions, a fascinating and eye-catching historic landmark. Conclude the tour in the exotic landscape of the Ibera Wetlands, a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
- 2 nights of accommodation in Iguazu
- Daily breakfast and local taxes
- Half Day tour to Argentine Falls
- Half day Private tour to Brazilian Falls
- Full Day tour to San Ignacio Mini Mission Ruins
- 3 nights of accommodation in Ibera Marshes
- Full board activities and local taxes
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
- International & Domestic Flights
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours
- Any items not mentioned
Day 01: IGUAZU. Upon arrival to private transfer to Sheraton Iguazu Hotel (Private Service)
Half Day Argentine Falls
Visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected nature areas in South America and a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the Visitor's Center board an open train for the 15-minute ride to the Cataratas Station. From here, follow a pleasant easy walking path through the forest that will lead to numerous lookouts along the upper and lower trail for a close-up look of numerous of the 275 waterfalls that drop from a height of 70 m/200 ft. Also take time to admire the lush rainforest, packed with an amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then board the train to continue to Garganta Station. Follow the 1200 m/4000 ft walkway to the Devil's Throat lookout; be prepared to get wet and watch the impressive thunderous churning water below. Return by train to the Visitor's Center. Drop-off at the hotel
Day 02: IGUAZU.
Half day Brasilian falls
Travel across the Juan D. Peron and Tancredo Neves Bridge that connects the cities of Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) and Foz do Iguacu (Brazil) to Foz de Iguaçu National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Brazil. Take a leisurely stroll along the paved walking path on the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views of San Martin Island and the imposing Bozzeti, Two Sisters, San Martin and the Three Musketeers waterfalls, located on the other side of the border. The path leads to the viewing platform with an astonishing view of Devil's Throat, just 150 m/450 yards away. Permanent rainbows above the falls add an aura of magic and beauty to this wonderful landscape. The path ends near Floriano Fall, where there is a small gift shop. Take the panoramic elevator or long stairway back to the upper walking path for transfer back to the hotel.
Day 03: IGUAZU/ IBERA MARSHES: Breakfast.
Full day Tour San Ignacio Ruins
Departure from the hotel for the 240 km/149 mi drive to San Ignacio Mini. Originally built in the 17th century by the Jesuits to convert the local Guarani Indians to Christianity, these ruins are some of the best preserved Jesuit monuments in Argentina and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin the tour with a visit to the archeological museum for an overview of the settlement. Next tour the remains of the mission, which include the main square, the rows of indigenous houses, the church, the cloister, the cemetery and shops. Afterwards, we visit the Wanda Mines, an active gemstone mine that extracts agate, amethyst, topaz and different types of quartz.
Then transfer to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, near the Iberá Marshlands in Corrientes Province. Twice the size of the Florida Everglades, these marshlands are home to a large number of wild species an are one of the most spectacular nature regions in South America. Accommodation at Estancia Rincon del Socorro
Day 04 & Day 05: IBERA MARSHES.
Spend two days at Rincon del Socorro; includes full board, nature tours and leisure activities. Rincon del Socorro is a luxurious eco-lodge, perfectly located for exploring the magnificent Ibera wetlands. Choose from a range of activities, including horseback riding, boat tours, birdwatching and nature observation, walking excursions and more. The area is home to capybaras (the largest rodent in the world, weighing up to 80 kg), caimans, marsh deer, howler and carayá monkeys, aquatic turtles, abundant bird species (jabiru storks, southern screamers, jacanas, rheas, etc.), butterflies, wild flowers and more.
Rincón del Socorro is an excellent place for birding; even non-birders will be impressed by the number of species! Almost 400 different species have been identified in this ecosystem and many can be spotted near or around the lodge. Much to the surprise of several ornithologists, the nearly extinct yellow cardinal can be seen in the lodge’s organic garden!
Socorro is ideal horseback riding country and guests are encouraged to give it a try even if they're not seasoned riders. A horse offers a great vantage point for spotting wildlife and riding is the most comfortable and easiest way to explore this ecosystem. The horses are surefooted and friendly, and the guides keep a watchful eye to assist novice riders. This is a good opportunity to learn a few words in Guarani as many guides still speak this ancient indigenous language.
The wetlands can also be explored by boat. Most guests prefer to make these trips in the early morning or early evening, when more birds and wildlife can be spotted.
The lodge offers good quality all terrain bicycles, perfect for pedaling around the savannahs and fields.
Spotting nocturnal wildlife with strong spot lights is an exciting activity. Head out after dark to look for vizcachas, borrowing owl, crab eating fox, brocket deer and geoffreys cats. Either head out on foot or in an all terrain vehicle.
The estancia offers numerous guided or self-guided nature walks. Day hikes on easy to follow dirt roads and trails provide plenty of opportunity to spot local wildlife, perhaps even the illusive Maned Wolf! Early in the evening is a great time to watch the birds come in for the night. Join a night excursion and see hundreds of masked vizcachas (rabbit-like rodent) come alive once the sun goes down.
Day 06: IBERA MARSHES. At the appropriate time, transfer to Posada’s Airport.
Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.
Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.