The Ibera Wetlands

Rincón del Socorro

Overview

Rewilding in action

Rincón del Socorro is a historic estancia that was acquired by philanthropic conservationists Doug Kris Tompkins.

They went on to transform the area into a natural reserve to be run by the Conservation Land Trust (CLT) with the aim was to reintroduce locally extinct fauna to the wetlands and help establish ecotourism in the region. Today, it is one of South America's most important wildlife lodges, in its own reserve on the edge of Argentina's largest national park, Iberá, founded in 2018 thanks to 1,380km² of restored land donated by the Tompkins.

And its not just the landscape which has been restored. The 19th century ranch buildings too have been brought back to their former glory with period antiques. Hearty cuisine also celebrates the local heritage and the personal hospitality makes it feel very much like a home.

Safari activities are planned around you, be it game drives, horse rides or boating excursions exploring the tapestry of lagoons, marshes, plains and forests home to an astonishing array of wildlife such as capybaras, marsh deer, black howler monkeys, rheas, maned wolf and amazing birdwatching. Thanks to the work of CLT at Socorro, locally extinct giant anteaters, pampas deer, collared peccaries and, most recently, jaguar have been reintroduced.

Facts

At a glance

  • Six guest rooms and three bungalows

  • Swimming pool

  • Farm to fork dining

  • Beautiful gardens

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Experiences

  • Cerrado Pousada Trijancou Brazil Maned Wolf

    Wildlife viewing

    Head out into the Iberá Wetlands area to marvel at the local wildlife. Night safaris offer you the opportunity to spot some of the elusive nocturnal species that don’t venture out during the day. Some of these creatures include viscachas, eagle owls and you may even spot a fancy maned wolf.

  • Horse riding Rincon del Socorro

    Horse riding

    Mount up and explore the Iberá Wetlands coast and ride through the high grasslands. This is a wonderful way to discover the diverse landscapes and the fascinating wildlife of the region.

  • Ibera Wetlands Puerto Valle Argentina Capybara

    Rewilding project

    Socorro is the main operating centre of the Iberá Project. You can learn more about the reintroduction strategy by watching videos and attending talks by biologists and technicians on the CLT team.

Community & Culture

Conservation

Set in the Iberá National Park, Rincon del Socorro is surrounded by diverse natural ecosystems including temporarily flooded grasslands (maleales), palm groves, savannas, woodlands and gallery forests. The careful reintroduction of various fauna through the rewilding project has brought with it growing populations of giant anteaters, Pampas deer and collared peccaries. In fact, it’s the only place in Argentina where these three species can be found. The area is also home to healthy numbers of marsh deer, capybaras, brocket deer, foxes, black howlers, viscachas and rheas.

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