Argentina’s Ibera Wetlands

by Nia Scott

Mar 15, 2019

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The world’s second-largest wetlands in the world is located in Argentina. This massive, nature-rich land, almost the size of Belgium, covers the central northeast part of the country and can be visited year-round. Visitors should take the opportunity to visit the wetlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The wetlands are a mixture of marshlands, lagoons and savannah grasslands. The region includes many diverse species of animals and more than 300 species of bird.

From Buenos Aires, the trip is about 1.5 hours by air and more than 12 hours of travel if visitors arrive by land. The wetlands are a freshwater reservoir of lagoons and swamps. Some are home to dangerous animals, such as cayman. It’s advised to go through a reputable company when deciding to trek to avoid dangerous creatures. The wetlands are also great for bird watchers, and visitors to bound to catch a glimpse of many.


Argentina has done a great job preserving the land and keeping it untouched by urbanization. This land is essential to preserving wildlife and will remain important. Since 1982, part of the wetland, about 5,000 square miles, is protected. There are plans to further the protection to either include the entire wetland or increase the level of protection.


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