Navigation on the Paraná River

Duration 2 hours

Live a unique voyage starting at the private pier of our lodge. With the assistance of our guide, enjoy the scenes of the Paraná River, watch its fauna and flora, and venture in the scenic channels…

  • Live a unique voyage starting at the private pier of our lodge. With the assistance of our guide, enjoy the scenes of the Paraná River, watch its fauna and flora, and venture in the scenic channels that penetrate part of the Paranaense Jungle.

The Paranaense Jungle is located between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It is one of the most biodiverse forests on the continent after the Amazon. It is a natural shelter for large predators such as the jaguar and the harpy eagle.

Paranaense Jungle ecoregion: flora and fauna

The Paranaense Jungle ecoregion is one of the world’s richest sanctuaries for wild species. It is home to more than 1500 species of mammals, more than 500 species of birds, more than 300 species of fish, and a wide variety of aquatic animals. Iguazú National Park boasts approximately 250 species of trees and 85 varieties of fascinating orchids.

Bird species include the bare-throated bellbird, the harpy eagle and the vinaceous parrot, parrots and toucans.

Mammals include the largest and most spectacular mammals on the continent, with felines including the jaguar, the puma and the ocelot.

Other mammals include the tapir, three species of deer of the mazama genus, two species of peccaries, the coati, the vinegar fox, anteaters and armadillos. Bats, river wolves and several species of monkeys, such as the red carayá or howler monkey and the monkey caí also find shelter in the region.

Reptiles include the green anaconda, the yacaré overo or broad-snouted caiman, the yarará viper and the rattlesnake. The ecoregion also boasts more than 50 species of amphibians.

As for the flora that is present in this ecosystem, the following species stand out: black lapacho, a tropical and subtropical tree that reaches up to 30 m high and a maximum diameter of 1.5 m, and the Paraná pine, the largest tree in the Paranaense Jungle, reaching up to 40 m high and 1.5 m in diameter, and declared a provincial natural asset in 1986, whose extraction is prohibited in the province of Misiones. Additionally, the palo rosa tree is worthy of mention: its presence has been reduced due to indiscriminate logging, and is currently a protected species.

Currently the Paranaense Jungle only has 7.8% of the 47,000,000 hectares of forest that it originally comprised, and it does so in a very fragmented landscape. The province of Misiones, Argentina, has the largest block of continuous forest that still stands, occupying about 50% of the provincial territory. There, 1,128,343 hectares of forest make up what is known as the Green Corridor.

Tour on the Paraná River

This expedition takes 2 hours. It is an activity recommended for nature lovers who want to unplug from urban life surrounded by exquisite scenery, in search of the best photographs, watching with binoculars to spot howler monkeys, orchids and numerous species of splendid birds, including eagles, parakeets, parrots and toucans.

If you prefer an adventure that will bring you to a close encounter with the Paraná River, take the guided kayak tour and revel in the waters of the region.

Kayaking on the Paraná River

Take a kayaking trip on the Paraná River with an approximate duration of 2 hours and get to know the flora and fauna of the Corrientes region up close. We invite you to tour the Paraná River by Kayak…

  • an ideal experience for nature and adventure lovers. Enjoy the channels of the Paranaense Jungle with our expert guides, on a journey suitable for all guests.

Paraná River, an unforgettable experience

The Paraná, a Guaraní term that means relative of the sea or water that mixes with the sea, is a large river that flows in the southeast and southwest directions through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is 4,880 km long, the second longest river in South America. Its main tributaries are the Tieté, Paranapanema, Iguazú, Paraguay, Negro and Salado rivers.

The mouth of the Paraná River forms an incessantly growing freshwater delta. This unique characteristic sets it apart from other great deltas in the world, which are formed in sea waters.

Constantly in motion, the Paraná River has shaped the eight islands that today make up the protected area. Typical delta islands change their outline and size continually. The same goes for its environment, which evolves, in large part, due to the transforming force of the Paraná River.

Streams, lagoons and the river dominate the landscape between the islands. Among the species found in its flora, there are trees such as the ceibo, river alder, hawthorn, coronillo, willow, laurel and curupí. There is also a wide variety of bushes, grasslands, canutillos and ligneous species, such as river alders.

Paraná River biomes and segments

The Paraná River comprises three segments with different biomes. The first 1500 km of the river, or upper Paraná, has subtropical vegetation.

In its middle course, the Paraná stretches for 722 km from the confluence with the Paraguay River; it is a section of plains with plenty of meanders, river islands and sandbanks.

The lower course of the Paraná extends from Diamante city to the confluence with the Uruguay River, and features a jungle biome with abundant fauna and flora.

In the places that are most detached from human presence, its rich fauna can be observed: the swamp deer, an autochthonous species, is a brown deer with black legs and white circles around the eyes. It coexists in this region with carpinchos and river otters.

Bird species include the purple gallinule, wattled jacana, common gallinule, and crested screamer or chaja.

The reptiles that are more prevalent within this biome are lagoon turtles and painted turtles. Fish include tarpon, catfish, bonnetmouth or boga, and wolf fish or tararira.

EXPERIENCE THE PARANÁ RIVER BY KAYAK

Kayaking on the Paraná River is a highly recommended activity. With the help of our bilingual guides, you will engage in a one-of-a-kind exploration journey. Glide on the river waters on comfortable sit-on-top kayaks and delight in the deep green of the vegetation and the extraordinary silence of the region.

Discover the waterways of the Paranaense Jungle with their lavish flora and fauna: over 1500 species of mammals, 500 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 250 species of trees, and 85 fascinating species of orchids. This activity is an exciting adventure for sports and nature lovers.

The coast of the Paraná River is an ideal setting for excursions, fishing and voyages suitable for all guests. Activities are adapted to different levels of physical demand, and have occasional stops for eating and resting.