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Puerto Valle

Argentina

4 days

Summary

Estancia Puerto Valle was established in 1868, when Italian sailor Bernadino Valle bought the land from the provincial government to develop his cattle-raising and merchandise transportation business. 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. The hotel’s 13 exclusive rooms have views of the Paraná River and are the result of an exquisite combination of architecture, decoration and attention to detail. Guests will feel pampered with Egyptian cotton sheets, a pillow menu, and L’Occitane amenities. Only ten kilometres 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.

Highlights

  • Ibera is home to 85 species of mammal, 35 reptiles and over 40 amphibian animals. There are around 360 species of birds, 90 are native of the region
  • Yacare, South American River Otter, Broad-snout Cayman, Capybaras (the world’s largest rodent), 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
  • Water lilies, water hyacinths, Papyrus and Cattails host an extraordinary variety of birds, including Jabirus, Herons, Jacanas, Screamers and numerous passerines.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Ibera Marshlands

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.

Day 2 Ibera Marshlands

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.

Day 3 Ibera Marshlands

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.

Day 4 Ibera Marshlands

After breakfast, transfer to Posadas Airport or Puerto Iguazu Airport for your onward flight.

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