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This suggested itinerary spends time in the long-ignored northeast area of Argentina, exploring a variety of ecosystems, with opportunities to see a vast array of mammals and colourful birdlife.

After spending a day in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, travel to the  beautiful open spaces of the vast Iberá wetland where you can explore the wetlands and savannah by boat and on foot (and on horseback should you wish). Visit the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls – as spectacular a natural attraction as you could wish for – before continuing to the dense, pristine rainforest of Yacutinga, where guided nature walks and boat trips will show you some of the area’s resident wildlife which includes the rarely seen jaguar and ocelot.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires; afternoon city tour

    On arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to your overnight hotel.  This afternoon enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires - the vibrant, dynamic capital of Argentina, renowned as a city of flair, high drama and culture with a distinctly European flavour - all of which is embodied in its most famous export: the music and dance of tango.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Buenos Aires, 1-night

  3. Day 3: Birdwatching at Costanera Sur, overnight bus to Mercedes

    Early this morning, visit Costanera Sur for a private guided birdwatching excursion. Up to 90 species of bird can be seen here including coscoroba and black-necked swans, white-tufted grebe, rufous hornero, spectacled tyrant, chalk-browed mockingbird, and great pampa-finch. Alongside the many bird species your guide will be watching out for, you may also see other wildlife such as coypu, pampas cavy, Hillary’s side-necked turtle and black tegu lizard.

    After your visit to Costanera Sur, you return to Buenos Aires where you have free time until your overnight sleeper bus (with sleeper berth) to Mercedes. 

  4. Days 4-6 : Esteros del Iberá, Corrientes

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

    Accommodation: Hostería Rincón del Socorro. 3-nights

  5. Days 7-8 : Iguazu Falls

    After a long drive of approximately eight 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.

    Accommodation: Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru, 2-nights

  6. Days 9-11 : Yacutinga Wildlife Reserve; wildlife activities

    Today you transfer to the Yacutinga Rainforest, only two hours drive away. 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 & fly to Buenos Aires

    Drive to Iguazu and board a domestic flight back to Buenos Aires for your last night. Optional tango show with dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Buenos Aires, 1-night

  8. Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires

    Transfer to the airport and depart on an overnight flight to the UK.

  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 £4,195 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 12 days from £3,045 pp
  • Single supplement: From £660
  • When to go: Sep-Dec; Mar-Apr
Featured locations:

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

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 can explore on walking and boat trips with naturalist guides, watching colourful birds flit through the forest. Yacutinga makes a fantastic, relaxing finale to any wildlife trip.

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