Ibera Wetlands and the Iguazu Falls

7 Days / 6 Nights

HIGHLIGHTS

The Ibera Lake and marshlands are among the last paradises on earth where visitors can get face to face with caimans,

capybaras, swamp deer, howler monkeys and hundreds of species of birds. Over 350 species of birds live in this virgin landscape. The nature reserve, founded in the year 1983, covers over 13,000 sq km of marsh with over 60 lakes – an area where wild animals are still the protagonists.

Iguazú Watefalls are located near the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The Falls are located in the province of Misiones, Iguazu National Park, Argentina and Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Paraná state, Brazil. They are made up of 275 falls, each up to 80 m high, fed by the Iguazú river flow.

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Day 1. Arrive Mercedes City (-/-/D)

Arrival at Mercedes City. Private transfer from Mercedes to Aguape Lodge located in Ibera Wetlands.

In the heart of Corrientes province and 1,000 kilometres north of Buenos Aires you will find Esteros del Ibera, the

great marshlands of Argentina. Twice the size of the Everglades and the second largest marshland in the world (behind the

Pantanal in Brazil), Esteros del Ibera boasts a staggering array of wildlife.

Overnight accommodations at Aguape Lodge in Ibera Wetlands - Website: http://www.iberaesteros.com.ar/

Aguapé is the pioneer lodge in Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. Its architecture is of a typical Correntino style “estancia”. The Lodge is placed on the coasts of the Iberá lagoon with an overwhelming view to the marshes and the lagoon. Guests will cross the lodge´s park towards a long undulating wood pier leading them to the relaxed waters of a surprisingly floating quay. This is a wonderful place to watch unforgettable sunsets or delightful starry skies and discover the fauna on the coast of the lagoon.

Day 2. Ibera Wetlands (B/L/D)

In the morning guided wildlife tour by speedboat.

Corriente Stream and Floating Islands - “Embalsados” Area - Duration: 2 hours approx.

Departing from the Lodge´s private quay we sail towards the Corriente Stream where an unforgettable wildlife watching is awaiting us amongst the very well-known floating islands of the Iberá lagoon. The “embalsados” are floating islands made up of aquatic roots and sediments. Their thickness may vary from few centimetres up to two metres allowing the 150 kg marsh deer to walk easily on them. These islands are able to move from place to place due to the area´s strong winds making the geography of the lagoon to change constantly, which has given rise to many of its varied legends. In many parts of this tour, engines are silenced and with the help of the pole the boat is drifted along the smaller streams and aquatic vegetation. Here the greatest concentration of wildlife is found: capybaras, marsh deer, neo-tropical river otters, the two types of caimans, as well as a large variety (350 species) of aquatic birds. Sometimes it is possible to walk on the floating islands, whenever specific conditions are given and the guide allows it.

In the afternoon, guided trekking in the forest - Duration: 3 hours approx. By boat from our quay or by 4WD vehicles we will visit the local rangers who will guide us through the trails. We are likely to see some of the howler monkey families in their habitat and spot mothers with their baby monkeys. We may also walk along the Cerrito trails to see the Gray brocket deer, the Geoffrey´s cats and the Coast deer. We return to the lodge by motorboat or by 4WD vehicle, although an interesting option is to walk back along the 3 kilometres road, and so enjoy the peaceful sunset over the Bayley Bridge visiting the friendly Colonia Carlos Pellegrini Village. Overnight accommodation at Aguape Lodge.

Day 3. Ibera Wetlands (B/L/D)

Paso Claro Coast and Miriñay Stream - Duration: 2 hours approx. We will slowly drift along the Southwest coast of the Lagoon, called Paso Claro. Small forests, clear waters and sandy shores will lead the way towards the mouth of the Miriñay Stream. This is the wildest, roughest and least visited area of the Iberá Lagoon. We will sail along the small bays sometimes with the engines silenced to watch the great pasturelands and to be able to get close to wildlife. Here the largest marsh deer and caimans are to be found. Nesting area of caimans, it also hosts a great variety of aquatic birds. During the fall and winter seasons you can come across the the Boa Curiyú hidden in the tree branches.

In the afternoon, guided trekking through the Grasslands, Sabana & Palmtree Forest - Duration: 2-3 hours approx. This is a private area, although it is inside the Natural Reserves, and our access will be through an estancia. We will set out from the lodge by 4WD vehicles in a 10 minutes drive to the “Estancia Iberá” where our guides will be waiting for us to take us through an exciting and surprising landscape. We will walk on a grassland area called savannah, which is an outstanding area for bird-watching. Some birds, as the white woodpecker, are only seen in this site. We will then walk along the native forest with caranday palm trees until we get to the lagoon. This panorama is absolutely different from what we have seen before because it is possible to watch Marsh deer grazing in groups in the open as well as Capybara families and Southern screamers on the marsh coasts. Animals here are not as friendly as those we have seen before because they are not used to see people around. 

Overnight accommodation at Aguape Lodge.

Day 4. Ibera Wetlands – Iguazú Waterfalls (B/-/-)

Private transfer to La Aldea Hotel in Puerto Iguazu. Iguazú Watefalls are located near the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The Falls are located in the province of Misiones, Iguazu National Park, Argentina and Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Paraná state, Brazil. They are made up of 275 falls, each up to 80 m high, fed by the Iguazú river flow. You can take boat rides under the waterfalls and hiking trails to appreciate the flora and fauna. The "Garganta del Diablo" (“Devil´s throat”) is a separate show.

 

Overnight accommodation at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge in Puerto Iguazu - Website: http://laaldeadelaselva.com/

Day 5. Puerto Iguazu (B/-/-)

Iguazú National Park is located in the northwest of the province of Misiones, 11 miles from Puerto Iguazú. Its preserved ecosystem belongs to the Paraná Jungle eco region that covers almost all the provincial territory. The natural treasure, the Iguazú Waterfalls were declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in the World. The Lower Circuit is composed of a trail of approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) that allows you to get close to some of the smaller waterfalls on the Argentinean side. Walk along the trail, which is equipped with both restrooms and snack bars, and get close to the Carlos Bozzetti Waterfall, where you can take some great photos. The Upper Circuit allows you to see the top of the majestic falls on the Argentina side and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. The view stretches from the Argentinian falls to San Martin Island and parts of the Brazilian falls. Devil's Throat is the largest waterfall in the region where the largest amount of water pours through Iguassu Falls. At an impressive altitude of 350 feet (107 meters), Devil's Throat is a must-see Iguassu Falls feature. Thanks to the newly built catwalk, you can get pretty close.

Overnight accommodation at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge in Puerto Iguazu - Website: http://laaldeadelaselva.com/

Day 6. Puerto Iguazu (B/-/-)

Brazilian Side Waterfalls Half Day Tour – You'll get a close-up view of Devil´s Throat, which is best seen from the Brazilian side. Watch as 14 falls drop 350 feet (107 meters) with such force that a 100-foot (30-meter) tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. This area is famous for its rainbow, and more great photo opportunities. For a close-up of the falls, walk through the park’s subtropical forest to the base of Salto Floriano. Then take the elevator to the top of the falls, or walk out over the falls at Salto Union.

Afternoon at leisure - perhaps to venture into Paraguay.

Overnight accommodation at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge in Puerto Iguazu - Website: http://laaldeadelaselva.com/

Day 7. Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

PRICES AND INCLUSIONS

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS FROM £1,835 per person + international flights

based on 2 people travelling together till September 2018.

£2,015 per person from October to December 2018.

Please note that some elements of this tour include shared services!

Upgrade to fully private experiences possible on request.

The price includes:

All mentioned activities with guide services

All taxes 

Meals as mentioned in the programme without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

The price does not include:

 

Return flights from the UK. Request a quote from us.

Anything not specifically mentioned above.

Optional tours, camera fees.

Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.

Travel insurance.

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

Peak season surcharges

Private transfer surcharges if required

National Park tickets, museums or Natural reserves entrance fees

Airport arrival/departure taxes (if any)

Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary

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