Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls via the Ibera Wetlands
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Duration: 9 days
This 9 day trip combines the impressive cultural sights of Buenos Aires with the abundant wildlife of the Ibera Wetlands and spectacular Iguazu Falls. Located in the province of Corrientes, the Esteros del Ibera is the second largest freshwater wetland on the planet and are home to over 350 different bird species and some of South America’s most iconic wildlife such as the capybara and the caiman. Operated in either direction, this is the perfect way to extend your trip beyond Argentina’s most well-known destinations
Explore Buenos Aires and experience one of Argentina’s best known contributions to culture – the Tango.
Suspend yourself over the highest of Iguazu Falls at the inspiring Devil’s Throat.
The Iberá Wetlands is one of the largest natural reserves in Argentina, with beautiful landscapes and a stunning variety of wildlife.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Buenos Aires arrival
Day 2: Centro, San Telmo & Boca (half day tour) - Evening Tango show.
Day 3: Recoleta & Palermo (half day tour)
Day 4: Buenos Aires day at leisure prior - Overnight bus to Mercedes
Day 5: Transfer from Mercedes to Irupe Lodge (activities included)
Day 6: Irupe Lodge (activities included)
Day 7: Irupe Lodge - Iguazu via Misiones Jesuit Ruins.
Day 8: Argentinean Falls tour.
Day 9: Morning Brazilian falls tour - Departure flight from Iguazu
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary
Add on a few extra days to further explore the Ibera wetlands or even the surrounding countryside with an overnight stop in a traditional estancia or even a side trip into Paraguay to see its Jesuit ruins (Trinidad and Jesus) which are the most spectacular in South America.
Another nice overnight stop between Posadas and Iguazu is the underrated 3km long Mocona Falls that divide the Uruguay River.
Take a day trip or an overnight stay in an estancia in the legendary Pampas region just outside of Buenos Aires .
Extend your trip into Brazil and visit its fantastic beaches, impressive Rio de Janeiro or even the Amazon rainforest.
Day 1: Arrive at Buenos Aires
On arrival at Buenos Aires airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
This evening, you are free to explore. We recommend you try a local parilla (steak house) for dinner.
Day 2: Centro, San Telmo & Boca half day tour - Evening Tango show
This morning's excursion will introduce you to the magic of the Argentine capital. After being picked up from your hotel we start with a visit of 'San Telmo', the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires which is famous for its historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops. We take our time and wander through the cobblestone streets learning about the history of the area and seeing its sights including its impressive old churches and its abundance of colourful street art.
We leave San Telmo and the tour continues past the many architectural highlights of Buenos Aires including the Palace of Justice, the Argentine National Congress building, the 'Cabildo (old town hall) and the presidential palace 'Casa Rosada' (pink house).
Next we visit ‘La Boca’, the most picturesque of all neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. This extravagant zone is completely different to the old and to the modern Buenos Aires and romantic stories tell us that tango was born in this working class area. We wander its famous street “Caminito” where you will have the chance to view the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the chance to buy some local handicrafts.
On our way back to your hotel we pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where you can choose to be dropped off at for a nice meal by the waterfront. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure with the chance to visit some of Buenos Aires’ many great museums or do some shopping.
Tango expresses the heart and spirit of Argentina and no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without it. This evening, you will experience the intimacy of this dance in equally intimate surroundings while you indulge in delicious Argentine cuisine.
*Before the show you have the option of arriving before the others and taking a short tango lesson with a professional dancer or a wine tasting. This comes at an additional cost but if you would like to book either of these please let your consultant know.
Breakfast, Dinner included.
Day 3: Buenos Aires - Recoleta & Palermo half day tour
This morning you will further discover what makes Buenos Aires great as we explore its better known and sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta. We start with a drive through Recoleta with its open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping, cafés, embassies and impressive architecture. We visit such landmarks as the Pilar Church and Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita’s tomb can be found.
We continue on to Palermo which is Buenos Aires’ largest neighbourhood, and also its trendiest. Here you will walk the streets which are full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chic restaurants and bars, and high fashion stores. Throughout the morning your knowledgeable guide will give you an insight into local life and excellent local cuisine and on completion of the tour you will have the option of being dropped off at an excellent restaurant for lunch or being taken back to your hotel.
Day 4: Buenos Aires day at leisure. Evening overnight bus.
Day at leisure in Buenos Aires. If you would like an activity including on this day then another option is to cross the Rio de la Plata into Uruguay
and spend the day in the historic town of Colonia del Sacramento or
visit a traditional estancia in the ‘Pampas’ region.
Later in the evening we transfer you to the bus station for your late evening departure on the luxury overnight bus to Mercedes. We include a 'cama' seat which is a fully reclining seat similar to flying business class.
Day 5: Mercedes to Irupe Lodge
Arrival to Mercedes at 6 am. On arrival you are met and transferred by 4WD Mercedes to the Irupé Lodge located in the heart of the Ibera wetlands. The marshes and lagoons of these relatively unexplored wetlands offer remarkable biodiversity and are one of the most remarkable ecosystems in Argentina.
After check-in at your lodge you will take a short trek to the monkey jungle and visit to the park museum. Later you will take a boat safari into the wetlands to observe wildlife and the sunset over Lake Iberá. Dinner is included at your lodge.
Breakfast, Dinner included.
Day 6: Irupe Lodge
Today you will enjoy a full day of activities exploring the region. In the morning we leave Irupé Lodge by boat, investigating the channels in the south of the wetlands and keeping our eyes peeled for he abundant wildlife. After getting off the boat at a remote wooden bridge you will explore a private nature reserve on horseback. The ride takes you along the lake past Caranday palm tree forests, reeds and natural jungles. After the ride you will enjoy a gourmet picnic at a cattle and buffalo estancia followed by free time. We return back to the lodge by 4WD and dinner is included at your lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 7: Irupe Lodge - Iguazu via Misiones Jesuit Ruins
Transfer from Irupé Lodge to Posadas by 4WD where we meet our connecting transfer with English speaking guide for the trip to Iguazu falls. Along the way we include the option of stops along the way at either the Misiones Jesuit Ruins, a 'yerba mate' plantation or a gemstone mine (entrance fees are payable direct for the option you choose).
After a long journey we arrive into the town of Puerto Iguazu in the evening where the night is spent at your leisure.
Day 8: Argentinean Falls tour
In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Iguazu National Park. From the entrance, a small train will take you on a tour of the park. On the first of two stops, you’ll follow pathways to the top of the Cataratas (“The Falls”) where you’ll find a spectacular view of the falls and their surrounding scenery, including an abundance of orchids, colourful birds and other native wildlife. The second stop occurs at La Garganta del Diablo (“The Devil’s Throat”), the largest fall in the park and also the highlight of the tour. A suspended platform at the brink of the fall allows for a startlingly close view of this breathtaking natural wonder.
Day 9: Brazilian falls tour - Departure flight from Iguazu
This morning you will enjoy a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. Here, you'll watch as 14 separate waterfalls drop with such force that a tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. Great photo opportunities abound, however, raincoats are highly advisable!
Later on our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Iguazu airport for your departure flight.
*For many nationalities, a visa is required to enter Brazil. We can reduce the price if you prefer not to take the Brazil Falls tour.
Departs - Daily
Patios de San Telmo
Jardin del Iguazu
Falls Iguazu Hotel & Spa
Irupé Lodge offers 8 rooms and a family suite. All the rooms provide a unique view to the Iberá Lake. They surprise with large spaces and a combination of modern – rustic architecture.
4 Superior rooms with panoramic windows, integrated living-room, private bathroom with bathtub, individual balcony with view to the lake Iberá. The superior rooms are located in separate cabins and hidden in the natural dense vegetation of our park. Warmly but modern designed spaces, comfort and especially privacy are the basis to make our guests feel like at home.
4 Standard rooms with panoramic windows towards the Lake Iberá, with private bathroom. The standard rooms are located in the main building and have direct access to a large living area, library and open-air veranda – all of it with an impressive view to the lake.
Our family suite in the main building is the perfect solution for families with up to three children. One bedroom with balcony and an enormous bedroom – living room combination with a private bathroom is the ideal place to make you and your children feel at home.
Our swimming pool is nicely fitted into nature at 15m from the lake shore. You will be able to watch numerous birds also enjoying water, fruits and flowers of our park of 15.000 square meters.
20m of wooden bridge connect the main house with the lake Iberá where the capybara families play around and the alligators have their sunbath. This is the place where – day and night – the boat safaris start.
English Speaking Guides
Meals as specified
What's not included
Airport entrance/departure taxes
Any items not mentioned as included
Hotel rates are based on twin share in lead in rooms. Other rooms types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events. Single supplement will be applied if travelling alone or if you wish to have a room to yourself.