The word ´Iberá´ means ´bright waters´ in the Guaraní tongue. When watching the moon glowing on the lagoons and the marshlands in these Corrientes lowlands, it is not hard to guess why the old Guaraní Indians chose such a name for this place. The area is one of the largest natural reserves in the country, with sceneries of unique beauty and a huge wildlife variety.
2.000.000 square kilometers of unspoilt nature
Located in the center of the province of Corrientes, the Iberá marshlands and lagoons make up one of the richest and most unspoilt areas in Argentina and the world, which occupies over 2.000.000 square kilometers. This zone is formed by lagoons which, joint to marshlands and swamps, create a wetland that represents the habitat for animal and plant species, as well as countless insects and numerous butterfly varieties. It is possible to visit streams and lagoons by boat. There, you may observe howler monkeys, yacare crocodile, deer, capybaras, caimans and hundreds of birds.
Customs and traditions
The attractiveness of the marshlands and lagoons lies not only in their sceneries, but also in the customs and traditions of its people. The marshlands were declared Natural Reserve in 1983 and International Wetlands in 2002 and many people assure that the largest fresh water reserve for mankind lies under it. It has come to be called: Guaraní aquifer (Guaraní water feeder).