THE SUBTROPICAL DOMAIN

THE SUBTROPICAL DOMAIN

TROPICAL RAINFORESTS, WATERFALLS, MARSHES AND JESUIT TRAILS

THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST REACHES NORTHEASTERN ARGENTINA ALONG THE BANKS OF THE MAJOR RIVERS PARANA, URUGUAY AND PARAGUAY

The Atlantic Forest or Mata Atlântica stretches along Brazil's Atlantic coast, from the northern state of Rio Grande do Norte south to Rio Grande do Sul. It extends inland to eastern Paraguay and the province of Misiones in northeastern Argentina, and narrowly along the coast into Uruguay. Long isolated from other major rainforest blocks in South America, the Atlantic Forest has an extremely diverse and unique mix of vegetation and forest types. It boasts 20,000 plant species, 40 percent of which are endemic. Yet, less than 10 percent of the forest remains.

This true tropical rainforest extends to latitudes as high as 24°S, due to the trade winds that produce precipitation throughout the southern winter

GO FOR!

  • The unforgettable experience of visiting Iguazu waterfalls. Be amazed by the imposing energy of millions of liters of water thunderously falling amidst the rainforest.
  • The spectacular fauna at Ibera marshes.
  • Th espectacular sunsets in Corrientes at the Ibera Marshes.
  • A morning breakfast in the jungle followed by a quiet canoeing.

DO!

  • Follow the “Ruta de los pioneros”, the Pioneers road, for the best introduction to the area.
  • Share the lifestyle of the local Estancias and savor the laid back atmosphere.
  • Experience a spectacular sunset contemplating the falls, while you watch the grey-rumpled swifts darting in and out of their nests “behind” the water.
  • Go bird watching in the National Park with one of our experts. Get your field guide ready!

EAT!

  • Try the “Surubi”, the “Pacu” or the “Dorado”, the local freshwater fish delicacies.
  • Get acquainted with “Mate” hot drink, complemented with tasty “chipa” buns.
  • Discover unusual tropical fruits and juices.
  • Try the “Correntino” version or the Argentine “Asado”, the barbecue, in the marshland area.

STAY!

  • Choose Sheraton Hotel for the best perspective of the Iguazu falls.
  • Iguazu Grand Hotel for the classy service, lively ambiance and outstanding food.
  • Puerto Bemberg for a boutique retreat in the forest.
  • Get out of the beaten path to reach Rincon del Socorro in Ibera marshlands, one of the first eco lodges in Argentina. Set in an historic Estancia, affording great opportunities to watch wildlife and providing outstanding service despite its remoteness.
  • Posada de la Laguna for a relaxed stay in the small village of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, located inside the Natural Reserve of Iberá.
  • At classy Puerto Valle, the deluxe access to the Northern rim of the Ibera Marshes; a hotel which stands out for its service and superb gastronomy!

DO NOT MISS!

  • A full exploration of the Iguazu falls, hiking the upper and lower trails.
  • An exciting boat ride upstream the Iguazu River to approach some of the bigger falls like Devil’s throat.
  • A detour to visit the ruins of the Jesuit Missions of San Ignacio Mini and Santa Ana and the magnificent façade of San Ignacio church.
  • A navigation in the calm waters of the Ibera marshes to sight the most spectacular fauna: black Caymans, marsh deer, howler monkeys and lots of birds!
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