Wildlife! This region in the northeast of Argentina covers some 1.3 million hectares and is the second largest wetlands in Latin America. It is made up of marshes, lagoons, rivers, floating islands and forest and is home to a wide range of animals including caiman, turtles, river otter, swamp deer, capybara, monkeys, armadillos, maned wolf and over 350 species of birds. The Ibera Marshes are the most popular destination and wildlife here is relatively easy to see as it has become accustomed to humans. Walking, horse riding, boat trips and kayaking are all enjoyable ways to explore. The Argentinian Wetlands region is often compared to the better known Pantanal region of Brazil. It has the twin advantages of being easier to access, with Posadas, its main gateway, just a 90 minute flight from Buenos Aires and a four hour drive from Iguazu, and having fewer visitors.
Reasons to visit the Wetlands include:
The Wetlands can be visited year-round with wildlife seen all year. There are seasonal variations in the weather. Spring (September – November) has daytime temperatures ranging between 15 and 28 degrees C. Summer (December to February) can be hot and humid. The autumn months of March, April and May are cooler and more comfortable. Winter (June to August) is the driest time of year with pleasantly cool days and chilly nights.
Time: GMT – 3 hours
Flight time approximately 14 hours from London to Buenos Aires on a direct flight, and around 16 hours via Europe.
Language: Spanish is the official language, with English, French and Italian also widely spoken
Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
No vaccinations are compulsory but due to a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in 2017 country certificate requirements may change at short notice