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The remote ecosystem of the Ibera Marshland provides a perfect home for turtles, black caiman, monkeys, swamp deer, capybara, anaconda, otter, wildcat and maned wolf. The birdwatching is also outstanding.

A humid area of 700,000 hectares in northeastern Argentina, and inaccessible until a few years ago, this vast unexplored area became a refuge and haven for an abundant and varied wildlife. Birdwatching is spectacular here with species ranging from the largest - the greater rhea - to different types of herons, the Maguari stork, various species of eagles and a wide variety of indigenous birds. 

Water hyacinth beds form natural dykes on which many kinds of plants and trees grow, and the area can be explored on foot, by canoe and even on horseback. This watery wilderness with its multi-coloured aquatic flowers offers excellent photographic opportunities.

The Ibera Marshlands area is reached via a two-hour flight north from Buenos Aires to the town of Posada, followed by a four-hour drive to the small town of San Juan Poriahu.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black caiman, black howler monkey, capybara, maned wolf, marsh deer
  • Where: Corrientes Province, Argentina

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Argentina’s Wild North

Visit the little-visited northeast of Argentina and experience the best of its rich wildlife. This itinerary combines the remote ecosystem of the Iberá wetland, home to abundant and varied wildlife, with the pristine rainforest of Yacutinga, which you can explore on walking and river safaris with expert naturalist guides.

  • When to go: Sep-Dec, Mar-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hosteria Rincon del Socorro

Hosteria Rincon del Socorro is a 12,000-hectare former cattle ranch, lying on the edge of the Iberá wetlands. Now a private nature reserve, this classic Spanish colonial property offers characterful accommodation and activities such as boat trips, horse riding and night safaris to see masked vizcachas.