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Ibera Natural Reserve

Iberá Natural Reserve

The reserve is located in the center of the province of Corrientes, 2 km (1.2mi) from Colonia Pellegrini, in the area of Esteros del Iberá (Estuaries of Ibera), which in the Guaraní language means "brilliant water." Covering an area of approximately 1,200,000 hectares (2,965,000 acres), with the objective of protecting the immense system of estuaries, swamps, marshes, and lagoons of the Ibera basin. As one of the major natural areas of the country, it contains amazing wildlife and flora. There is enormous interest in this humid region because it represents an exceptional ecosystem at its latitude; it has the benefit of being a purely scientific paradise as its waters depend exclusively on the rain. Since 1939, efforts have been made to declare the Estuaries of Ibera as a National Park, having presented three plans to Congress, the fruit of numerous negotiations between the Administration of National Parks and the government of the Corrientes Province. Because this initiative did not succeed its main goal, the Correntino government decided to declare the area the Ibera National Reserve through Law 3771 on April 15, 1983, with the intention of saving at least part of this natural heritage (Patriomonio Natural). With scarce resources, they intend to control poaching, at least in the southern region. 
The reserve protects four species declared Natural Provincial Monuments: the giant river otter, the maned wolf, the venison from the grasslands, and the deer from the marsh area. The area also possesses two species of Argentine alligators: the Black Yacaré, and the broad-snouted caimen.  
The area is also excellent for studying ornithology and bird watching as there are some 350 different species of birds represented here. 
The Ibera Lagoon constitutes the epicenter of the reserve, where you can find incomparable sightings of animal wildlife and one of the most important wildlife refuges in the world.  

Province of Corrientes. The reserve is located 192 km (120mi) to the northeast of Mercedes and 870 km (540mi) to the northeast of Buenos Aires. 
When to go
All year long. 
Ibera Lagoon, Luna Lagoon, Fernandez Lagoon, Trim Lagoon, Party of Lana Correntina. 
How to get there
You can get there by taking route N°40, 118Km from Mercedes. 
Walking, hiking, nature observing, bird watching, excursions around more than 60 lagoons that make up the reserve. 
Accommodations, transportation.
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Mercedes, Ituzaingó, Itá Pacú, Corrientes.
The average annual temperature is 21 °C (70°F), and the mean annual precipitation fluctuates between 1,200-1,500mm (47-60inches). 


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