Enjoy some up-close experiences with wildlife on this stay at the restored cattle ranch, Hosteria del Socorro in the Ibera wetlands of north-eastern Argentina. The ranch and 70,000-acre reserve is a labour of love for conservation philanthropist Douglas Tomkins whose team has been working since 2001 to re-wild this landscape after unregulated hunting caused species decline. Today, guest can enjoy the many years of conservation effort in Argentina’s largest nature reserve that has seen the resurgence of caimans, otters, swamp deer, capybaras, howler monkeys and over 400 species of birds in the reserve. Look forward to a comfortable ranch stay, with a lovely pool, full-board service and many activities included with your stay – safe in the knowledge that all revenue from your stay is reinvested into Ibera’s conservation and restoration efforts. The lengthy journey to reach this incredible reserve and the wildlife you’ll see justified the effort to get here, we promise!
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Today you will land at Posadas’s airport where you will be met and be driven to your lodge in Ibera. The journey takes around 4-6 hours, depending on the road conditions.
Hosteria Ricon del Socorro is in the middle of Argentina’s largest nature reserve, a special area that’s been pro-actively managed to create the largest re-wilding project in the Americas. The original cattle ranch that was built in 1896 has been lovingly restored by the owner and expanded for guests with all modern comforts. All revenue raised is reinvested in protecting the local wildlife, including tapirs, giant anteaters, pampas deer and collared peccaries – all of which have been successfully reintroduced to the cattle-free wild of the reserve.
Once you arrive, you will check in into your accommodation and you’ll have a briefing on the different tours and activities that you can participate in before dinner in the lodge’s restaurant.
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the wetland with some of the activities that are included by the lodge. With just 9 rooms and a full board service, you can relax with plenty of space and enough time to explore.
Today you can get involved with various different activities; bird and wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, culture tours and boat tours. You can listen to talks from the lodge’s team who will explain the successes of the rewilding project, before heading out to the lagoon by boat. On the water, you’ll see an incredible array of wildlife from caiman to marsh deer and many different birds. Explore the grasslands by horseback or cycle beside the wetlands – however you choose to explore, you’ll encounter plenty of wildlife.
In the evening, you can relax by the beautiful pool and enjoy the stunning sunset. At night, the heavens come alive and with so little light from the reserve, you’ll be able to see the Milky Way clearly, twinkling in the night skies.
This morning you will have breakfast, and then you’ll be driven to Puerto Iguazu. The drive is around 7 hours with plenty of stops for you to stretch your legs.
The Ibera Wetlands can be visited all year round, and the weather generally remains warm and humid.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
3 nights in 4* standard accommodation.
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