Top Ten Argentina Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Explore a Remote Wetland

Brazil's Pantanal gets all the press, but if you want to see subtropical wildlife without the crowds, Esteros del Ibera is the place to go. No single subtropical wetland can surpass this sea of aquatic grasslands, floating islands, and gallery forests with wildlife so tame that photographers feel like they're shooting in a taxidermist's shop. Because of its remote location in the province of Corrientes, the handful of visitors who view its caimans, monkeys, otters, capybaras, marsh deer, and some 300 species of birds comprise only a small fraction of the numbers who swarm the Pantanal. It's also affordable, with rustically stylish accommodations in the village of Colonia Pellegrini, one and a half hours from the city of Mercedes and reasonably priced guides. This makes a good combination with the more conventional destination of Cataratas del Iguazu, but true wildlife enthusiasts will find plenty to keep themselves occupied for several days at Ibera.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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