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The Wetlands

​Why visit the Wetlands

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:

  • Cruise on the Parana River by motorboat as you spot monkeys and birds along the shore and caiman in the water
  • Join a guide for a forest walk admiring the different plants and trees, listening to howler monkeys and spotting capybara and armadillo
  • Explore the waterways by kayak keeping an eye out for animals and birds
  • Saddle up and enjoy the varied scenery from horseback, available for experienced riders and beginners
  • Capture photos of wildlife during a special photographic safari
  • See how many species of birds you can spot, with macaws, woodpeckers, egrets, kingfishers, ibis, flycatchers, owls and toucans often viewed
  • Go fly fishing for dorado, boga, armado and surubi on the Parana River with a expert guide  
  • Visit a yerba mate establishment to witness the production process of this popular tea and sample the finished product, something, it must be said, of an acquired taste
  • Join a guided tour of Yacyreta hydroelectric plant and dam, the largest in the country 

When to visit the Wetlands

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. 

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Time: GMT – 3 hours

Flight time:

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:

Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days

Health:

No vaccinations are compulsory but due to a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in 2017 country certificate requirements may change at short notice   

 

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