Duration: 4-5 hours
Live a unique experience in the Iberá National Park, an ideal destination for lovers of nature, adventure and beautiful landscapes, and learn about the reintroduction of endangered species in Argentina.
About Iberá National Park
Iberá National Park was created in 2018 with the goals to protect wildlife and boost the local economy through ecotourism. It has an area of 700,000 hectares of nature. A large extension of wetlands, grasslands, spinal forests, wilderness and bushes inhabited by unique species. It is estimated that 4,000 species of flora and fauna, almost 30% of those recognized in Argentina, live within the bounds of this sanctuary.
The park is home to 1,250 species of fish, 350 species of birds, 60 species of mammals, 40 species of amphibians and 25 species of butterflies. In this conservation area, a wide range of fauna is on display, including the red-winged tinamou or ynambú, capybara, black caiman and broad-snouted caiman. Threatened species such as the maned wolf or aguará guazú, the swamp deer, the double-collared seedeater and the capuchin bird can also be sighted.
Reintroduction of locally extinct species
Since 2007, through the REWILDING IBERÁ native species reintroduction program, efforts have been made to reverse the biodiversity crisis in the region. The giant anteater is the first species to be reintroduced as part of this program.
Subsequently, rescue efforts focused on the jaguar, the largest feline in the Americas, which by 2018 was estimated to have a population of about 200 specimens left, making this species one of the most threatened mammals in Argentina. Since the mid-twentieth century, the jaguar had become extinct from Corrientes province due to poaching, changes in the habitat, and the scarcity of its natural prey.
The Yaguareté Reintroduction Center began to operate on the island of San Alonso, located in the heart of the Esteros del Iberá, in 2015. It is a breeding and rehab center for jaguars that can thrive if reintroduced in the wild.
The jaguar is a key species for the health and integrity of the Iberá ecosystem. It also has the potential to become a major attraction for tourists visiting Corrientes.
The reintroduction of species such as the red macaw, the giant otter, the bare-faced curassow or muitú, and the jaguar or yaguareté is the focus of ongoing efforts and collaboration between residents, the provincial government and the entire REWILDING IBERÁ team.
The Iberá Park has all it takes to succeed in the project of reintroducing this species, since it is a large protected area with a suitable habitat, in addition to the support given by the local community to the return of this emblematic feline to Corrientes province.
Landscapes and adventure in Iberá National Park
Live the full Iberá National Park experience, with its beautiful landscapes, its rich fauna and the opportunity to observe the reintroduction of native species. This adventure begins in 4×4 vehicles that take you to the Cambyretá Portal, and continues with a hiking excursion to discover the typical fauna and flora of the Northern Iberá region: birds, capybaras, swamp deer, yacaré or caiman, foxes and mulita armadillos.
The Cambyretá Portal is the northern gateway to the Iberá National Park, where you can discover wetlands, grasslands and rainforests. Designed for lovers of photography and nature, the experience includes a magnificent photo safari to capture the reintroduction of the red macaw, as it is the only place in the Park that has been designated for this activity.