Ibera Marshland is Argentina’s best-kept secret. A wildlife wonderland second only to the Pantanal in Brazil and a place where you can experience authentic Argentine hospitality. Puerto Valle has just 13 rooms making it an intimate and exclusive base to explore the wetlands beyond. During the day you’ll explore on foot, by boat and on horseback with excellent, eagle-eye guides. You will have the chance to see caiman, capybara, pampa deer, marshland deer, otters and an overwhelming number of bird species. Return to the lodge each evening for delicious home-cooked cuisine. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of malbec as you share the days discoveries with the other guests.
On arrival in Posadas Airport (55km) or Puerto Iguazu (350km) you will be met and transferred to Puerto Valle for check in.
Some of the activities in the Estancia:
The Tree Nursury: The nursery produces more than 4 million seedlings of eucalyptus, Grevillea, kiri and yerba mate per year. These specimens are used for forestry plantation under FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standards, which require adherence to the highest social and environmental practices
The Monkey Trail: The Monkey Trail excursion is an invitation to enter the lavish vegetation in search of the traces of howler monkeys. These monkeys live atop the trees, while the lower strata are populated by birds, capybaras and other mammals. These secluded areas of the Paranaense Forest are vital for the preservation of biodiversity. They have been recognised with IBA (Important Bird Area) status certified by Aves Argentinas and Bird Life International.
Horseback Riding: Starting from the stalls, our experienced guide leads the way along the exclusive trails of the estate. Horseback riding is part of the history and tradition of the place—visitors will enjoy a historical and unforgettable ride, with the chance to get lost in the colourful sunsets of Corrientes while traversing pine and eucalyptus woods.
Activities in the Wetlands:
Discovering Esteros del Iberá, tour to Laguna Valle: The estate on which the Estancia stands reaches inside the Reserve, up to the wetlands border, serving as exceptional gateway to an amazing protected natural environment. Only ten kilometers from the hotel, leaving behind fields, plantations and marshlands, one gets to the wharf, the starting point to engage in a true adventure along a waterway leading to Laguna Valle. Caimans, capybaras, pampa deer, marshland deer and neotropical otters (lobitos de río) are some of the species that can be observed at a close distance along the way. As the solitary boat proceeds along the lake shores, making its way through the exuberant vegetation, travelers will try to identify the sound of some of the countless bird species travelling with them along the way. As the sun sets, the guide will serve some tasty delicatessen from Corrientes, paired with the most traditional local beverage: mate.
Activities in the River:
Navigating the Paraná River: Departing from the pier, it is possible to navigate the Paraná River on an engine boat, and tour the waterways that reach into the Paranaense forest. The forest is home to more than fifty tree species per hectare, resulting in an ecosystem that is ideal for watching birds and howler monkeys.
While the boat proceeds on the calm waters in search of the animals, the guide will treat guests to a tasting of local goodies.
Kayaking: A voyage of the quiet river waters on the comfortable ‘sit-on-top’ kayaks is a silent adventure for sports and nature lovers. The Parana River coast is the ideal setting for excursions and expeditions fit for all guests, with different adventure levels depending on physical demand. Kayaking is great to discover waterways and sections of the forest that remain otherwise hidden.
After breakfast, transfer to Posadas Airport or Puerto Iguazu Airport for your onward flight.