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Esteros del Iberá: The kingdom of water

While entering the heart of Corrientes along the National Route 12, the powerful and potent call of nature will completely flood your senses everywhere you turn. It is in this Place where Esteros Del Iberá acquires importance with dazzling landscapes filled with flora and fauna diversity. This is an exclusive place, ideal for those who enjoy a close contact with nature.

Touring this region:

Iberá LagoonAmong the green, pink and lilac from the vegetation, you will find this natural reserve which is one of the few that has been least modified by the hand of man. This reserve comprises 13 thousand square Kilometres, which represent a quarter of Corrientes province. It is a part of the extensive Paraguay-Paraná swamps system and the South-American marshlands. It is also an immense marsh containing the biggest amount of drinking water in Argentina.

This area is found in a depression starting near Ituzaingó, to the North, and extends for 170 km. in an arched form. To the South-west , the basin is delimited by higher grounds and to the North there is a complex or group of lagoons and marshes interrupted by islets. This reserve, with its seven lagoons covered in vegetation such as Camalotes and Irupés, comprises one of the most tourist places in Mesopotamia. An ideal place to make photographic safaris, walks and strolls and expeditions in which you will presence life sprout and appear in every corner. There are many paths to be walked which will bring you to the most varied natural environments such as the jungles, the riversides and the lagoons. There are also paths made for the vehicles, but only with a few kilometres of extension.

The paths in the reserveThe reserve consists of several lagoons: Paraná, Contte, Carayá, Tigre, Alta, Naranjito, Misteriosa, Sánchez among others. The water and plants accumulated comprise the islets which retain the earth moved by the lagoons’ currents and give birth to floating shores, where even the trees grow. Once the detachment has occurred, the entire structure becomes floating Islands (islets) moved by water and currents.
On the surface, several aquatic species and birds of different kinds can be observed. The amphibians are found near the islets. There are also many kinds of mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes.

It is ideal, when intending a tour through this region, to start from Colonia Carlos Pellegrini where the beautiful inns are always awaiting for passengers. This department grants direct access to the reserve area, thus making it easier to reach the tourist activity centers.

Sunset in the lagoonOnce you have reached this town, where the Iberá lagoon is found and comprises the crux of this provincial reserve, there are many activities to develop such as: horse ridding, sightseeing tours, bird watching and motorboat excursions where you’ll observe all the beauty the thick foliage shows in this place. It is from this point where the excursions begin, sailing through the channels in the lagoons. Another option is doing this little voyage in canoes going through the channels, thus avoiding the noise made by regular motorboats, which is highly recommended for those interested in observing the fauna.

A delicate ecosystem in a natural balance:

YacaréThe Ramsar Convention  has declared this region, during the year 2002, as their tenth “Ramsar Place”. This way, the natural reserve ‘Lagunas y Esteros del Iberá’ is under the protection of this international treaty which grants national and international cooperation thus protecting and preserving this region. This reserve, is a 1.3 million hectares basin accumulating and draining water through the Corrientes river towards the Paraná river. Old river beds from Paraná river are currently the base of this independent and complex system of swamps consisting of several marshes, lagoons and different water courses. This valuable system lodges important biodiversity including several and rare species, vulnerable or in danger of extinction such as: swamp deer, muscovy ducks, cariyú, several kinds of lizards and alligators, among others.
This system, is formed by the great mass of vegetation that has a high capacity to retain water. This layer of vegetation, regulates and retains water from the precipitations so that only the fourth part is delivered to the Parana river; through the only water-drainage the system has on the surface: the Corrientes River. Iberá is, this way, a true and efficient natural water regulating dam.

Sailing through the lagoonsNowadays, a silent threat is raising over this system of swamplands: the excess of water, a maintained flood that generates important changes in the environment. The water level has increased almost a meter during 1989 and 1990, a coincidence with the detour of Paraná river and its partial containment to build Yacyretá. This dam is a few hundreds of meters away from the swamps system.

On the other hand, its proximity to the Iguazú Falls, located in Misiones, makes this place a real North-east Tourist Pole, which includes Corriente´s tidelands, the corridor of the characteristic herb “yerba mate” and it’s major establishment The Marías, among others, the Jesuitical ruins of San Ignacio, and finally the Falls with it’s brilliance of sound and water.

How to get here:

From Buenos Aires, the trip begins along Acceso Norte, then taking National Route 9. When in Zárate, you’ll continue through the National Route 12 and afterwards taking the National Route 14. In Corrientes, right by Curuzú Cuatiá, you will reach Mercedes getting there by National Route 119. Finally, it is necessary to take the Provincial Route 40, and drive 118 km until arriving at Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. The entire trip consists of approximately 857 km.

From Posadas (Misiones) the trip would consist of 651 km through national routes 12, 118, 27, 123 and, finally, the mentioned Provincial Route 40.

The climate

There is a warm climate in this region. The spring and autumn temperatures have a tendency to be moderate; the summer is quite warm and has periods of warm and dry days. Winter is the most popular season by far; it has temperatures reaching 0ºC degrees during the night and 28ºC to 30ºC in the day.

The average temperature from June to September is approximately 20º degrees. It is highly recommended to visit this region during July, August, September, October and April, which constitutes high season. Rains and thunder storms may occur any time of the year, but they are characteristic of autumn and summer. Comfortable clothes are recommended for the excursions. Do not forget to pack a light sweater in summer and a warm one while in winter, raincoat, good shoes or sneakers for the excursions, rubber boots to walk near the swamps, sun screen, insect repellent and a small backpack to have when going through the reserve.

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