Esteros del Ibera Tours, Argentina

Esteros del Ibera

Tours of Argentina's Wildlife Haven

Holidays in the Esteros del Ibera

Most visitors bypass the humid north of Argentina, flying straight from Buenos Aires to the Iguazu Falls, but they're missing out on one of Argentina's real delights, the fabulous Esteros del Ibera Wetlands.

Because relatively few visitors make the journey, the Esteros del Ibera are blissfully unspoiled and are one of the best places to see wildlife in Argentina, if not the whole of South America. The delicate wetlands ecosystem of lakes and marshes, water meadows and shifting streams is home to a huge variety of wildlife, much of which is endemic to the area.

Esteros del Ibera Tours & Holidays

We can easily extend any of the holidays you see here to include the Esteros del Ibera as well...

  • Tango Classic

    • Length: 10 days
    • From: £1795pp
    • Highlights: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls

    Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls are probably the two places you simply have to include on a tour of Argentina, and this trip includes both...

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  • Encompass Argentina

    • Length: 10 days
    • From: £2195pp
    • Highlights: Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno, Buenos Aires

    This is one of our favourite holidays in Argentina, taking in everything from the sophistication of Buenos Aires to the natural splendour of Iguazu Falls, and right down to the mountains and fjords of Patagonia ...

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  • Tale of Two Cities

    • Length: 10 days
    • From: £1795pp
    • Highlights: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls

    This holiday in Argentina and Brazil takes you to both Buenos Aires and the fabulous Rio de Janeiro, with time to stop and marvel at the majestic Iguazu Falls in-between ...

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  • Great Circle

    • Length: 13 days
    • From: £2950pp
    • Highlights: Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes, El Calafate, Bariloche

    This tour includes whale watching in Peninsula Valdes, as well as a trip to Perito Moreno and time in the Lake District around Bariloche...

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  • Gaucho Grande

    • Length: 16 days
    • From: £3350pp
    • Highlights: Salta, Lake District, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires

    For a 2020/21 holiday to Argentina that has it all, try our Gaucho Grande itinerary for size and enjoy the best of Argentina ...

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  • Brazil Nutshell

    • Length: 12 days
    • From: £2850pp
    • Highlights: Rio, Pantanal, Iguazu Falls

    If you'd like to experience the best Brazil has to offer, but holiday time is limited, our Brazil Nutshell itinerary gives you all the highlights in just two weeks. From Copacabana Beach to Iguazu & the Pantanal: it's Brazil... in a nutshell!

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Wildlife in the Esteros del Ibera

Birders will be in heaven, with over 350 different species resident in the Ibera wetlands, from kingfishers and hummingbirds, to vultures and herons; while if you have a more general interest in wildlife, you'll be able to enjoy seeing rare species such as maned wolves and marsh deer, howler monkeys and giant otters, as well as Argentina's two native species of alligator, the black caiman and the broad-snouted caiman.

Visting the Ibera Wetlands

Undoubtedly one of the reasons the Ibera wetlands aren't visited by more tourists is the lack of infrastructure in the area. Most trips set out from the small village of Colonia Pellegrini, which can be reached by a scheduled flight to the city of Posadas and then either a charter flight or a 4x4 transfer from there.

However, many higher-end lodges prefer to organise tours which include charter flights either to their own private airstrips, or to the airstrip in the small town of Mercedes which is just on the edge of the wetlands.

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