Ibera Wetlands, Argentina
Estancia Rincon del Socorro is one of our favourite properties in all of Argentina. A former 12,000 hectare cattle ranch, the property was bought by the Conservation Land Trust and transformed into a vast private protected area on the eastern side of wildlife-rich Ibera Wetlands. One of Argentina’s hidden gems it is very much off the tourist trail, only those in the know send their clients to this superb estancia.
All of the rooms are beautifully decorated and very comfortable, the emphasis is on luxury alongside period antiques, maps and excellent wildlife photographs. Six rooms are set in the main house and three standalone bungalows are nearby, very comfortable bases to explore this fascinating region. There are large living rooms and verandas to read a book or watch the wildlife with a glass of wine. The food served is very tasty, based on locally produced ingredients. Typical Argentina asados or barbecues are a must!
The Ibera Wetlands offer a fantastic wildlife experience for birders and all-round enthusiasts thanks to an abundance of fauna including monkeys, caiman crocodiles, deer and some 350 bird species. A wide range of activities such as horse riding, boating, safaris, cattle round up among others are included and tailored to each guest. It is also worth noting some of the wildlife projects the estancia is involved in; with the help of CLT they have reintroduced Giant Anteaters to the area, whilst the first jaguars will be reintroduced soon, the first project of its kind.
Fly in by light aircraft, a short hop versus a bumpy five hour 4×4 drive from the nearest airport, this also offers an amazing birds eye views of the Ibera scenery. The estancia also combines superbly with Iguazu Falls, it is even possible to fly by light aircraft direct from the lodge. Those seeking a unique experience should venture to Estancia San Alonso, Rincon’s sister property reached by boat and plane only. It is a simple and remote lodge surrounded by water, offering some of Argentina’s finest Golden Dorado fly-fishing as well as bird watching and horse riding.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Iguazu Falls into a greater Argentina & Latin America holiday. Take a look at Classic Argentina as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Estancia Rincon del Socorro Information
- Location & Getting There
Rincon del Socorro lies on the eastern side of wildlife-rich Ibera Wetlands, one of Argentina’s hidden gems that is very much off the tourist trail, a 5-hour ride from Posadas Airport.
The property consists of a main house with 6 warmly decorated rooms and 3 nearby bungalows. These rooms are all uniquely designed, with no two alike. They are beautifully furnished with antique historical maps, collections of stuffed animals and unique wildlife paintings. There are also large living rooms and verandas to read a book or watch the surrounding wildlife.
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Lounge area
- Quincho (outdoor BBQ)
- Barn & tack room
- Reading room
- Games room
- Dining: Indoor dining room
The surrounding sanctuary and wetlands offer a fantastic wildlife experience. Expert gaucho guides can take guests out by 4WD, boat, on horseback and on foot to see howler monkeys, anteaters, caimans, colourful flocks of birds and much more. Guests can also take part in the seasonal cattle round-ups or visit a sister property, Estancia San Alonso, in the further reaches of the reserve for fly-fishing.
Children are very much welcomed at Rincón del Socorro, where child-friendly activities can be devised so that the whole family can get the most out of their stay.