The Iberá Lake and marshlands are among the last natural paradises on earth. This nature reserve was founded in the year 1983 and it’s located 800 kilometers north of Buenos Aires. The wetlands cover over 13,000 km² of marsh with over 60 lakes. In Ibera, visitors come face to face with more than 60 types of mammals including caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anacondas, greater rheas and over 350 species of birds that can be easily spotted.
Ibera used to be a hunting town, and due to the habitat destruction and the overpopulation of hunters, some species of native animals disappeared entirely. Some of these species were the jaguar, the tapir, the anteater and the collared peccary. In the present day, the Ibera reserve is reintroducing these species in an ambitious project, which also includes the conversion of the reserve into a National Park. More than 150 thousand hectares which belong to the Conservation Land Trust ( Created by Douglas Tompkins ) will form part of a protected 700,000 hectares , including the provincial park and Ibera Provincial Reserve Foundation. The legislature of the province of Corrientes approved the transfer of jurisdiction of the formerly private Ibera lands to the state.
But why should visitors include this destination on their bucket list for 2017? Because it’s isolated and unexplored, but this paradise for wildlife lovers won’t stay like this much longer. 2017 is a perfect year to experience one of the most representative moments in the history of Ibera. Becoming a provincial protected area, Ibera will receive national support for its promotion, what will bring more visitors. Hurry up!