10 Facts about Esteros del iberá Wetlands

Planning a trip to Esteros del Iberá Wetlands? If you’d like to learn more about the Argentinian Northeast region, here you will find here 10 Interesting Facts you need to know to enjoy a unique experience surrounded by nature and the traditions of Corrientes Province.

Learn interesting information about our stunning Southamerican Wetlands: their meaning, facts and all you need to know before visiting one of Argentina’s top green destinations.

What does “Iberá” Mean in Guaraní language?

The meaning of the Guaraní word “Iberá” is derived from Y-Bera, which means “shining waters”. There are several ponds of stagnant water in the area, which usually are between one and three meters deep. The name Iberá refers to these ponds flora, as they are covered with aquatic plants including aguapé, irupé, water lettuce and duckweed.

And what does “Esteros” mean in English? Esteros is a Spanish word for “estuaries”, so the name “Esteros del Iberá” means “Shining Water Estuaries“.

Preservation of native species is a priority

The Esteros del Iberá Wetlands are home to numerous threatened species. As a matter of fact, many awareness-raising effort were implemented in Corrientes province, setting eco-friendly objectives. Guides in the region have received special training eco-tourism, for the purpose of communicating the importance of environmental care and conservation.

Any impact on the water system will have a ripple effect on the landscape; therefore, the construction of roads or canals, the planting of trees or any work in the fields affects the wetlands. Therefore, before any of these activities are carried out, or before the application of herbicides, pesticides, and even nutrients, an Environmental Impact Assessment is required.

An Internationally recognized wetland

The region of the Esteros del Iberá is vast and houses many species in the process of reintroduction, which makes it an ecosystem of major importance and international prestige. Due to the fundamental role that this reserve of native species plays in preserving the regional ecosystem, it has been designated as a Ramsar Site (a distinction granted under the Ramsar Convention to Wetlands of International Importance).

Officially declared a Provincial Natural Reserve

How big are the Iberá Wetlands? The protected territory in Iberá is as large as Nahuel Huapi, Argentina’s oldest and best-known national park, with 710,000 hectares. To preserve the species and the wildlife genetic diversity of this ecoregion, in 1983, it was declared a Provincial Natural Reserve. The provincial decree was enacted into Law 3771 and authorized by the Government of Corrientes Province.

An interesting and diverse ecosystem

The tropical and subtropical wetland ecosystem is home to a great diversity of animals, plants and flowers. These include swamps, ravines, marshes, lagoons and large bodies of water, interspersed by pastures on sandy hills, and dotted by small humid forests, gallery forests and dry forests on the southeast islets.

Guest from Puerto Valle enjoying in the Esteros del Iberá

one of the top wetland destinations to visit

Another interesting fact you may want to know when visiting Argentina, is that Esteros del Iberá has been recognized as the second major wetland in South America. Additionally, this year the region was acclaimed by one of the most influential American newspapers.

Esteros del Iberá was selected one of the emerging tourist destinations that the New York Times recommended to visit during 2022. The prestigious paper ranked the Iberá Wetlands 6th on the list of the top 10 places to visit.

A rewilding symbol of south america

The Northeast region of Argentina used to be the habitat of native species that unfortunately have become extinct. In 2022, entities engaged in the restoration of the natural ecosystem began a project to reintroduce the jaguar on San Alonso island. This means that species will be part of a larger group of protected animals.

A few years ago, the reintroduction of the scarlet macaw was also successfully carried out in Portal Cambyreta, one of the entryways in the north of the Iberá National Park.

A national jewel, and a prospective world heritage site

Esteros del Iberá was proposed as a world heritage site by the ECOS Foundation at the Wetlands Convention. The Foundation has stated that the process is underway, which means that Esteros del Iberà Wetlands are likely to achieve that status in the near term.

A symbol of Sustainable tourism

The Ministry of Tourism of Argentina promotes tourist activities that are friendly for the future of the region. The area of the Reserve and the Wetlands will be declared an attraction for responsible tourism, thus contributing to the promotion of tourism in general.

Puerto Valle and activities in the wetlands

Guests staying at Hotel Puerto Valle are invited to explore Laguna Valle, one of the lagoons in the Wetlands ecosystem.

We hope you have enjoyed this read and found interesting fast about Esteros del iberá Wetlands in Northeast Argentina. In our blog and in the Experiences section of our website, you will find the details of this exclusive activity for guests. You’ll live unique moments in the first and only luxury and sustainable lodge in the region, Puerto Valle Hotel de Esteros.

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