Iberá Wetlands

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Some lakes in the Iberá Wetlands, reflecting sunlight. Photographed from the International Space Station.

The Iberá Wetlands (Spanish: Esteros del Iberá, from Guaraní ý berá: "bright water") are a mix of swamps, bogs, stagnant lakes, lagoons, natural slough and courses of water in the center and center-north of the province of Corrientes, Argentina.

Iberá is one of the most important fresh water reservoirs in the continent and the second-largest wetland in the world after Pantanal in Brazil. It is of pluvial origin, with a total area of 15,000–20,000 km2 (5,800–7,700 sq mi).

Since 1982, part of the wetland is included within a provincial protected area, the Iberá Provincial Reserve, which comprises about 13,000 km2 (5,000 sq mi), the largest of such areas in Argentina. There are ongoing plans to further up its protection status to national park.

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  • Irupe Lodge is an upper class eco lodge at the Ibera lakeside right in the heart of the Ibera Wetlands. It´s modern but rustic design offers comfort and direct contact to the nature paradise, rooms and restaurant with panoramic view to the lake Ibera. Exceptional excursions by boat or on horse back bring you into the Wetlands and face to face with wildlife and hundreds of birds.
  • Rincón del Socorro is a 12,000-hectare (29,700 acres) former cattle ranch on the edge of the Iberá wetlands in Northeastern Argentina that has been made into a nature reserve. Our orientation is to give guests and visitors a good understanding of the local ecosystem and an appreciation for the importance of wetlands and savanna landscapes.
  • Casa Santa Ana del Iberá is a Bed & Breakfast located right across from Ibera Lagoon and offers bright rooms and apartments surrounded by nature in Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. A continental breakfast with homemade cheese bread and fruits is served daily. Casa Santa Ana del Iberá has private access to the Iberá Lagoon and comfortable rooms with lagoon views in an eco house, and fully furnished apartment with country-style décor. Mercedes bus station is a 2-hour drive and Posadas International Airport is 200 km away. Route 40 is 300 metres away and private parking is free.

Coordinates: 28°36′00″S 57°49′01″W / 28.600°S 57.817°W / -28.600; -57.817