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Iberá Wetlands

If you want to include great wildlife spotting in your Argentina holiday, the Iberá wetlands are one of the best spots in the country, especially if you are an avid bird watcher. The full name is Esteros de Iberá and is located in the sub-tropical north of Argentina in the Corrientes Province. It is the most important and biodiverse wetland area in the country and a sanctuary for wildlife and plants. Here you can see cayman, capybaras, and hundreds of species of birds. The relative remoteness of the location has enabled it to remain another of Argentina´s hidden gems.

Although it can be visited all year round, it is best to avoid the summer months – Jan, Feb and March in Argentina – as it will be very hot making it a bit too uncomfortable to visit. The autumn months of April and May have lower temperatures and it is dry. The spring time – Sept to Nov – has heavier rains but the wetlands are very colourful at this time of year.  Winter, June to August, is when the region is much cooler. It is a good time to travel especially if you want less crowds and prices are cheaper, as this is the lowest season. For avid bird watchers, we suggest Sept to April as this is the migratory season.

There are several excellent all-inclusive lodges near Carlos Pellegrini, which can be reached overland or by private plane, or for those looking for luxury we have excellent rates at the wonderful Puerto Valle, just 45 minutes from Posadas airport on the northern edges of the Esteros. We can arrange specialist bird watching packages and also fantastic riding trips through the wetlands.


The massive expanse of Patagonia is also a wonderful place to see wildlife. Chances are that if you are going to Argentina for the first time, you will include either the Lake district, El Calafate or Ushuaia. You can enjoy wildlife encounters here but if you want to maximise your chances we suggest including a specialist tour with a skilled guide.

The Valdes Peninsula in particular, is a haven for marine wildlife. From August to mid-December, it is home to an important breeding population of the endangered southern right whales as well as elephant seals and sea lions. The orcas in this area (from February to March) have developed a unique hunting strategy to adapt to local coastal conditions. A few hours south is Punta Tombo, a 3 kilometre-long peninsula that  between September and April is home to a vast number of Magellanic penguins that come to this site to incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration. It is the largest such colony in South America. The area was settled by Welsh colonists in the late 19th Century, and the small town of Gaiman is well worth visiting for the excellent cream teas!

Peninsula Valdes wildlife calendar

Peninsula Valdes wildlife calendar

Bahia Bustamante

This place deserves a special mention. It is a family owned project aimed at protecting wildlife and sustainable tourism, and it is a lodge in remote Patagonia by the sea.

Historically, Bahia Bustamante was a tiny town established by pioneer Don Lorenzo Soriano to harvest seaweed and his grandson Matias now runs it as a hotel – the old workers’ houses converted into 11 guest cabins – and it’s still simple and austere, with limited electricity and cosy blankets woven from their wool. The focus is entirely on the vast empty surroundings, which you can explore on foot, by 4×4, by bike or on horseback. Bahia Bustamante is also home to a pioneering wine project with experimental vines grown directly on the beach!

Nowadays it simply is a haven of wildlife and a unique ecosystem. A stay here is as far off the beaten track as you can get and we cannot recommend it enough!

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Buenos Aires
In Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital, you'll find graceful plazas, tango shows, melancholic melodies, historic buildings reflecting European grandeur, trendy bars, nightlife every night of the week, steak dinners, an emerging art scene and a Latin flair.
There is so much to do and see that you could spend weeks in "the Paris of South America" but to catch the highlights, we recommend at least 3 days in this exciting city.
Las Cataratas de Iguazú
The spectacular Iguazu Falls are located within the Iguazu Falls National Park on the Northern border of the Province of Misiones. This series of 275 waterfalls is at the heart of the Paranaense Rainforest, where the Argentine, Brazil and Paraguay borders meet, and where the cities of Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) face each other.
We recommend at least 2 nights in Puerto Iguazu so you can visit both sides of the falls. They are very different and both are jaw-dropping.
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno is one of the highlights of Argentina. This vast glacier is located in the Parque Nacional Las Glaciares, close to the town of El Calafate. Whether you watch its huge ice blocks collapsing into the lake from the viewing platform or take a hiking tour on the glacier itself finishing at the only bar in the world where the ice is older than the whiskey, the glacier's scale and shades of white and blue will leave you speechless.
We recommend at least 2-3 nights in El Calafate, the gateway to the National Park.
Mendoza is famous for its Malbec wine and vineyards in a spectacular setting, but there is so much more to enjoy. From white water rafting, fly fishing for trout, horseback riding in the Andes at sunrise, biking through the vineyards, to climbing Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, there are plenty of ways to experience this region. We recommend at least 3 nights in Mendoza.
Salta "La Linda"
Set at the foothills of the Andes mountain range, Salta is at an elevation of 1,152m. The city's architecture is spectacular and you can see the influences from bordering Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile. While it's worth spending at least one or two nights in Salta, build in time for the surrounding area. Take a day tour to El Cafayate and marvel at the unique mountain formations and desert colours on the way, or an overnight tour to Cachi in the Calchaquí Valley, known for its adobe houses and white colonial buildings, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
Peninsula de Valdes
The Peninsula de Valdes, a nature reserve in Northern Patagonia, is best known for whales, sea lions and elephant seals. Probably the largest draw are the Southern Right Whales (Ballena Austral) that come to take shelter in the natural bays of the peninsula between June and November. We recommend spending at least two to three nights in Puerto Madryn, the gateway to the peninsula.
Bariloche and the Lake District
San Carlos de Bariloche, simply known as Bariloche, is situated in the foothills of the Andes and is Argentina's most popular destination for skiing and hiking. Its ever-present views of the glacial lake Nahuel Huapi are spectacular, but the area is also a foodie hub, well known for its traditional asados (BBQs), choloatiers and micro breweries.
Ushuaia is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego area in the southernmost tip of South America, often nicknamed the “End of the World.” Nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains and the shores of the Beagle Channel, it is an adventure hub where guests can visit national parks, kayak and hike, crab fish, visit penguins or explore old shipwrecks. In the winter, you'll find the world's southernmost ski resort, Cerro Castor.

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