A well-kept secret, the Ibera wetlands covers an expanse that is larger than Wales.

Remote lagoons, tropical corridors, swampland and winding rivers are an ideal habitat for capybara, two types of caiman, neotropical otters, pampas and marsh deer, the highly elusive maned wolf and hundreds of bird species. Second only in size to the Pantanal of Brazil, this is a nature-lovers paradise with a total area of over 5,000 square miles. For a luxury holiday with a difference, stay at one of the isolated and idyllic estancias and enjoy a relaxing few days exploring this huge wetland by horseback or in a canoe. This non-invasive method of watching the wildlife is peaceful and enchanting, particularly for couples or families. A project to re-introduce the red and green macaw is taking place here, which may interest birdwatchers who come to see the 350 other bird species which call Ibera home.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Rincon del Socorro Iberá Wetlands

Rincon del Socorro

A luxury, boutique estancia located in the beautiful Ibera Wetlands. Formerly a cattle ranch, it is now owned by the Conservation Land Trust who work to preserve the surrounding ecosystem. Built in 1896, the building still retains its original architecture and many original features. Each room is decorated in a unique style and stone floors, polished wood, exposed beams and neutral colours. Guests take part in a variety of activities during their stay here, departing early in the morning on foot or horseback to visit the reserve.

Puerto Valle Argentina Humboldt Travel

Puerto Valle Hotel

Puerto Valle Hotel offers its guests exclusive access to the rich biodiversity of the Iberá Natural Reserve. Located in a unique geographical location, this remote estancia is surrounded by wetlands and thick forests home to numerous species of bird and animal. The heart of the hotel is a traditional manor of Corrientes built in 1868. It offers 13 exclusive rooms, each enjoying views of the Paraná River and combining traditional architecture, decoration and attention to detail. A magnificent park of 14 hectares is home to native and exotic species where guests can relax and enjoy the quiet and connection with nature.