The Iberá Marshes
& Iguazú Falls EcoTour
(6 days / 5 nights)
After seeing Buenos Aires and/or ending your South American Cruise, travel to the Iberá Marshes, Jesuit Missions and Iguazú /Iguassu Falls Tour to see these Marshlands bigger than the Everglades!
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Easy overland to Iguazú rainforest: palmettoes, amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfalls; the Jesuit Mission ruins and the Ibera marshes: the second largest marshland in South America. An unforgettable experience to listen to mysterious stories about this magical and fascinating land.
- Iguassu Falls
- Jesuit Mission Ruins
- Iberá Wetlands
- visit brazilian falls
- visit Iguassu National Park
- excursion to San Ignacio Miní ruins
- safaries in Ibera marshes by boat
- horseback riding or carriage excurion
- visit to Interpretation Center
- all tranfers
- entrances fees
- all breakfast
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 just a short flight away from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The waterfalls flow over the Iguazu River in the Misiones Forest, 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 5* Hotel International Sheraton 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 the Hotel Sheraton, 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
Enjoy another excellent breakfast at the Hotel Sheraton, 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 before having dinner. All meals are included at the lodge.
Day 4 Ibera Lodge
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.
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