Iguassu Falls & Ibera Marshes Eco Tour

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Iguassu Falls & Ibera Marshes Eco Tour

The Ibera Marshes & Iguazu Falls Eco-Tour

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6 Days / 5 Nights

The Ibera Marshes & Iguazu Falls Eco-Tour

The Iguassu Falls - one of the most impressive natural sights in all of South America - is nestled in a lush subtropical rainforest in southern Brazil, on the border next to Argentina. Nearby, the Ibera Marshlands are one of the best places for sighting birds and wildlife, and exploring the Iguazu region. Stay at the Aguape Eco-Lodge, and relax on the verandas overlooking the tranquil Ibera lagoons. Also visit the Iguassu Falls, and see the ruins of the Jesuit Missions, which were 17th-century missions built in the midst of this thick jungle.

Please note: this lodge does not accommodate children under 6 years old.

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This tour includes:
  • All Hotel Nights
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Meals at the Lodge
  • All Transfers and Entrance fees
  • Visit Iguassu National Park
  • Excursion to San Ignacio Miní Ruins
  • Safaries into the Ibera Marshes
  • Horseback riding tour through the Marshes
  • English-speaking guides

  • Iguassu Falls Tour
  • Jesuit Mission Ruins Tour
  • Iberá Wetlands Tour & Eco-Lodge
Day 1

Arrival in Puerto Iguazu & Iguazu Falls Tour

The Iguazu Waterfalls, also called the Foz do Iguaçú in Portuguese or the Iguassu Falls, are located on the border of Northern Argentina and Southern Brazil, and very close to Paraguay. Once you arrive in the Puerto Iguazu airport, a guide will greet you and take you to your hotel in the small city of Puerto Iguazu. This city is very close to the waterfalls, and has some shops, restaurants, and hotels for travelers eager to see the natural world wonder known as the Iguazu Falls.

Once you've checked in to your hotel, your guide will escort you to the Iguazu Waterfalls for an afternoon on a guided tour. First explore the Iguazu National Park, a huge forest with many walking trails and an ecological train that whisks travelers through the park to the waterfalls. You may spot birds, butterflies, and animals while walking through the park. And once you reach the edge of the forest, where you can see the mighty waterfalls, you are sure to be amazed at the sight. The Devil's Throat is the largest of the waterfalls, and it is best seen from this vantage point on the Argentine side.

The next part of the tour takes you across the border into Brazil, where there is another national park that offers other spectactular views of the waterfalls. There are also walkways above the water so that visitors can take photos of the waterfalls from multiple angles. Then return to the Argentine side and your driver will take you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Day 2

Free Day at the Iguazu National Park

After breakfast in your hotel, return to the Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side for another day of exploration. The Iguazu National Park is extensive, and you can explore them on your own and look for flora and fauna. You also might want to take the Great Adventure Safari, a boat ride that goes very close to the falls - prepare to get wet! Or there are a variety of adventure activities, such as white water rafting on nearby rivers, rappelling, nature hikes, and more. Return to the hotel in the evening and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3

San Ignacio Ruins, Wanda Gem Mines, & Transfer to Ibera

Enjoy another excellent breakfast at your hotel, and then begin a tour of the San Ignacio Ruins and the Wanda Gem Mines.

Just outside of Puerto Iguazu are the Wanda Mines, a deposit of semiprecious stones such as quartz crystal, amethyst, topaz, and agate. Explore the quarry and the mines before continuing on through the Misiones Forest to the San Ignacio Ruins. In the 17th century, Jesuit Missionaries built missions and communities with the local Guarani people. The Jesuits and Guarani lived in these communities until the Spanish Catholic Church ousted the Jesuits. Today, the grand missions, build of red sandstone in the baroque style of 17th century Europe, are decaying as the thick jungle slowly takes over. The San Ignacio Mini mission is the most remarkable of the missions in the region, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Aguape Lodge on the Iberá Lagoon. The eco-lodge is built in the local "correntino" style, with spacious verandas overlooking the waters of Iberá, one of the world's largest wetlands. You might want to spend the evening relaxing at the calm outdoor swimming pool, walking out onto the private pier, or taking a bicycle ride through the local village, before having dinner. All meals are included at the lodge.

Day 4

Horseback Riding Day through the Ibera Lagoon

Have an early breakfast at the lodge so that you can get an early start on wildlife watching and outdoor activities today. The Iberá wetlands are home to hundreds of waterfowl and wildlife including alligators, marsh deer, monkeys, and capybaras. During a guided horseback ride through the wetlands and palm forests, enjoy the sights and sounds of this amazing ecosystem. On the full day horseback ride, a barbeque lunch and time for walking and birdwatching are included.

Another option is trekking with the guidance of an expert naturalist guide, who can point out howler monkey packs, orchids and various bromeliads, and other flora and fauna. In the marshes, you may see spoonbills, jabirus, other storks, egrets, and ibis. In the late afternoon, watch the splendid sunset over the marshland. A third option is kayaking, which allows paddlers to enjoy birdwatching and the scenery in tranquil lagoons. You may see river otters, caracaras, kingfishers, wood rails, herons, owls, and so much more. In the evening, return to the lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Day 6

Puerto Iguazu

This morning, have breakfast and pack up for your journey back to Puerto Iguazu. From there, fly to your next destination. This Iguassu Falls & Ibera Marshes Eco Tour is easily customizable - you can add or subtract days from this itinerary, or combine this itinerary with another.

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