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Visit the long-ignored northeast of Argentina and experience the best of its rich wildlife.

This novel itinerary combines the little known but beautiful open spaces of the vast Iberá wetland with the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls – as spectacular a natural attraction as you could wish for – and the dense rainforest of Yacutinga. And of course you can combine any of these already diverse elements with a trip to Patagonia, in the far south…

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires, 1-night hotel

  3. Day 3: City tour and bird watching at Costanera Sur, overnight bus (with sleeper berth) to Mercedes

  4. Days 4-6 : Arrive Mercedes and transfer to Estancia Rincón del Socorro, 3-nights

    The next three days are spent in the Ibera Marshland, where many delightful activities await the nature lover, such as nature walks, boat trips, horseriding, night safaris. Vizcachas, burrowing owl, crab-eating fox, brocket deer and Geoffroy's cat are just a few of the exciting wildlife present in this area.

    Accommodation: Hostería Rincón del Socorro. 3 nights

  5. Days 7-8 : Drive via Jesuit Missions and Posadas to Iguazu, 2-nights. Visit Iguazu Falls (Argentine side)

    After a long drive of about 7 hours via the Jesuit Missions, be prepared for a rewarding experience as you visit one of the natural wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls (Argentinian Side).

    As you explore the surrounding area, you may be lucky enough to see tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.

  6. Days 9-11 : Transfer to Yacutinga Wildlife Reserve, 3-nights. Wildlife activities

    Today you transfer to the Yacutinga Rainforest, only two hours drive away, where you spend three nights. You can explore the reserve through nature walks, boat trips, guided birding tours and if you are lucky you may even see some of the endangered species such as the resident jaguar, tapir, or ocelot.

    Accommodation: Yacutinga Lodge, 3-nights

  7. Day 12: Drive to Iguazu and fly to Buenos Aires, 1-night. Optional tango show with dinner

  8. Day 13: Depart

  9. Day 14: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 days from £3,695 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 12 days from £2,795 pp
  • Single supplement: From £830
  • When to go: Sep-Dec: Daily; Mar-Apr: Daily
Featured locations:

Iguazu Falls

This magnificent array of 275 separate waterfalls stretches for over three kilometres along the border with neighbouring Brazil. The abundant flora and fauna of the surrounding tropical forest includes 400 bird species, 500 butterflies and 2,000 plants. A network of paths and walkways affords fine views.

  • Where: Misiones Province
  • Ideal for viewing: black-capped capuchin, coati, harpy eagle, ocelot, agouti

Yacutinga Rainforest

Yacutinga Rainforest is a private reserve whose multi-layered ecosystem is home to countless species of birds, mammals and plants. You’ll explore on walking and boat trips with naturalist guides, watching colourful birds flit through the forest. Yacutinga makes a fantastic, relaxing end to any wildlife trip.

  • Where: Corrientes Province
  • Ideal for viewing: crested guan, ocelot, tapir, agouti, puma
  • Excellent for: River safaris, Birdwatching

Ibera Marshland

This immense wetland in the north of the country – nicknamed the Argentine Pantanal – is almost twice the size of Florida’s Everglades. Accessed via the town of Mercedes, the maze of islands, lagoons, streams and marshland create a perfect habitat for mammals, reptiles and over 400 species of birds.

  • Where: Corrientes province
  • Ideal for viewing: black caiman, black howler monkey, capybara, maned wolf, marsh deer
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching
Suggested accommodation options are 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.

Yacutinga Rainforest Lodge

Set in 250,000 hectares of primary sub-tropical rainforest, Yacutinga Rainforest Lodge provides a perfect habitat for over 300 bird species and its environmental principles create a stimulating wildlife eco-experience. The lodge’s 40 idiosyncratic, comfortable rooms have private facilities and great views.