Located in the geographical heart of Corrientes Province, Ibera National Park is one of the most impressive, but yet not popularly known, areas to see Argentina’s national flora and fauna.
Iberá, located in the heart of Corrientes, is a destination to visit all year round. It offers options for everyone’s taste and possibilities, for the naturalist observer, for the adventurer, or for anyone seeking to relax in comfortable accommodation.
WHAT MAKES IBERA NATIONAL PARK SO IMPRESSIVE?
Ibera National Park represents a unique site for wildlife in Argentina. Its large extensions of wild environments, such as lakes, rivers, wetlands, marshlands, grasslands, savannahs, forests, gallery forests, palm groves and submerged meadows, alternate in different proportions and surprise with amazing different landscapes. The area is a meeting point of different ecosystems which enables the development of a wide variety of flora and fauna with more than 4.000 species.
The best thing about Ibera National Park is that seeing the fauna on its natural habitat is ensured. This Park works in the reintroduction of endangered indigenous species. All the conservation and reintroduction policies paid off. They brought back the Anteater, the Pampa deer is only growing in numbers and they are getting ready for the reintroduction of the Yaguareté, America´s tiger. The conservation programs made other species grow in number, such is the case of the swamp deer, the Carpincho or Capybara, and Americas Caiman, the Yacarés. All these beautiful animals and more than 350 species of birds make Ibera Park compete with Africa and the Great Swamp, Brasil.
HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE TO STAY
There are different ways to visit Ibera Park and many ways to get there. The area is a combination of national, provincial and private reserves with areas that are open to visitors, and areas that are colsed. There are 8 gates to the national park, all of them with different services. Just to spend the day, Portal Cambyretá and Portal Nacional Mburucuya have a recreational area, with tables to have lunch and toilets. Another basic area is Portal San Nicolas has a camping area. More prepared areas, with more variety of places to spend the night, are Portales Carambola, Galarza, Uguay and Rio Corrientes.
We recommend two areas to stay and enjoy the park: Colonia Carlos Pellegrini and Puerto Valle.
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is a town of about 1200 habitants, near Portal Laguna Ibera. It is well prepared for tourism and it has quality and quantity of accommodations. Also, they have a great diversity of excursions and tours to enjoy the park. The town began to grow after the private and public lands of the area became reservation areas. People in Carlos Pellegrini is warm and well prepared, almost 90% of their economy depends, directly or indirectly, on ecotourism. You can go to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini by private car, by bus or by light aircraft.
sources: https://latam.beyondba.com/esteros-del-ibera-national-park/ http://www.proyectoibera.org/en/english/destinoibera.htm