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The Ibera and Iguassu Falls Eco Tour (IIF)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 29 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Rainforest  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5240 US Dollar (USD)

Easy overland to Iguassu rainforest: palmettos, amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, the Jessuit Mission ruins and the Ibera marshes: the second largest marshland in South America. An unforgettable experience to listen to mysterious stories about this magical and fascinating land.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Iguassu Falls. Transfer from International airport to the hotel. Today visit the Brazilian Falls. The Park is located in the westernmost region of the state of Paran, in the Iguassu river basin, 17 km from downtown Foz do Iguassu. It borders Argentina, where the Iguassu National Park, which was implemented in 1934, is located. The border between the two countries and their national parks is made by the Iguassu river, whose source is near the Serra (mountain range) do Mar near Curitiba and runs for 18 km throughout the state of Paraná.

The most spectacular sightseeing of the park is the Iguassu Falls, which form a 2,700 meters wide semi-circle, while the waterfalls filled visitors with awe as they watch the water foam that plunges down from a height of 72 meters. Visit the park's visitor's center with its exhibition of the local eco-system. Continue down the Cataratas Highway through the rainforest of the park to the falls. Descending a walkway, you can contemplate the lovely waterfalls in all of nature's exuberance, with panoramic views of both sides of the falls - Brazil and Argentina. Reaching the elevator, you can ascend to have a bird's eye view over the falls from the lookout.

Overnight in the Hotel International Sheraton. The hotel was built in 1978 and remodeled in 2000. It has a spectacular location inside the Iguassu National Park and falls view rooms are available. Rooms are fully equipped with ensuite bathroom, direct dial telephone, a/c, cable TV and balcony. Hotel facilities include disabled access, outdoor swimming pool with solarium, illuminated tennis court, games room, gym with sauna, gift and souvenir shop, business center with photocopier and internet access. Restaurant "Garganta del Diablo" (Devil's Throat) offers international cuisine and buffet service with local specialties in an elegant setting.

Day 2: Iguassu Falls. After breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Iguassu National Park, located at eighteen kilometers from Puerto Iguassu, was declared Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The famous falls are inside this Park. The Iguassu Falls on the border with Brazil are one of the world's natural wonders. Lined with dense forests, the Iguassu river flows into 275 waterfalls, plunging more than 70 meters with a deafening noise. As this huge volume of water reaches the bottom, spray rises, and lots of rainbows are formed in the sky.

An incredible variety of fauna and flora completes the perfect setting for the waterfalls within the protection of the Iguassu National Park. Start this tour following a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguassu Park. Visit starts with ample time to visit the upper falls on the Argentinian side, including the San Martin Falls and the Devil's Throat. Then transfer to Posadas and accommodation in the Irupe Lodge.

Day 3: Jesuit Missions Ruins. Breakfast in the Lodge and excursion to San Ignacio Jesuit missions ruins. San Ignacio Miní was one of the many missions founded in 1632 by the Jesuits in the Americas during the Spanish colonial period near present day San Ignacio valley, some 60 km south of Posadas. The ruins are one of the best preserved among the several build in a territory today belonging to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, and one of the most visited due to its accessibility.

Lost in dense vegetation, the remains of the "Guaraní baroque" stile constructions were found in 1897, and gained the interest of the population after the 1903 expedition by poet Leopoldo Lugones, but its restoration didn't begin until 1940. In 1984 the ruins were declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and currently hold the Museo Jesuâtico de San Ignacio Miní museum. Transfer back to the Irupe Lodge and dinner.

Days 4-5: Iberá Wetlands. The Iberá Wetlands (in Spanish, Esteros del Ibera, from Guaraní ý berá "bright water") are a mix of swamps, bogs, stagnant lakes, lagoons, natural slough and courses of water in the center and center-north of the province of Corrientes, Argentina. The Esteros are the second-largest wetlands in world after Pantanal in Brazil. They are of pluvial origin, with a total area 15,000 to 20,000 square kilometers. Since 1982, the wetlands are part of a protected area (the Iberá Natural Reserve), which comprises 13,000 square kilometers (14 per cent of the surface area of Corrientes, the largest protected area in Argentina).

Iberá is also one of the most important fresh water reservoirs in the continent. The Natural Reserve is known for its biodiversity, including four species that have been declared "provincial natural monuments": the neotropical river otter, the maned wolf, the pampas deer, and the marsh deer. It is also home to the two Argentine species of alligator, the Yacare caiman (yacaré negro) and the broad-snouted caiman (yacará overo), as well as the capybara (the world's largest rodent) and about 350 bird species.

Day 6: Iberá Wetlands - Posadas. After breakfast, transfer from Irupe Lodge to Posadas airport to flight back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2011 Prices:
- In double/twin, p/p: $2990
- Single supplement: $1040
- Single traveler: $5240.

Price Includes:
- Visit Brazilian falls
- Visit Iguassu National Park
- Excursion to San Ignacio Miní ruins
- Safaris in Ibera marshes by boat
- Horseback riding or carriage excursion
- Visit to Interpretation Center
- All transfers
- Entrances fees
- All breakfast
- 4 lunches
- 4 afternoon teas
- 4 dinner.