Arguably the best location in the Iberá Wetlands for seeing the most and varied wildlife
A very remote lodge at the centre of a conservation project launched by the late eco-philanthropist Doug Tompkins (founder of Northface)
Built around an old cattle ranch the interior is surprisingly modern and comfortable
An impressive array of wildlife can be spotted from your room's doorstep (and swimming pool) without the need for binoculars
Allow the expert guides to help you plan excursions based on your particular interests; walking safaris, horse treks, 4WD tours and boat trips across the lagoon
Enjoy a sunset picnic, watching the sky turn a kaleidoscope of colours, before coming back to a full-on Argentinean barbecue (asado)
The Wetlands are home to astonishing wildlife all year round. Any time of year has its own charms however summer (November-March) can be hot and humid. High season is July, August, September, October and April. Medium season is January, February, March, May and November. Low season is December and June.
Rincón del Socorro is a beautiful estancia set amongst the lily pads and reeds of Argentina's wildlife-rich Iberá Wetlands. There are great opportunities for riding, hiking and boat rides in the surrounding conservation area.
Set on a 12,000 hectare estate, Rincón del Socorro is a former cattle ranch which has been lovingly converted into an eco-hotel and protected nature reserve, restored with the original habitats of marshes, grasslands and gallery forests.
The estancia consists of a characterful main house with six warmly decorated rooms and three small nearby bungalows, all with private bathrooms. The guest rooms are all uniquely designed, with no two alike. There is also a library area and an outdoor pool, perfect for cooling off in the heat of summer.
A welcoming and homely environment is provided for guests and the service is highly personalised. Much attention is given to the cuisine, using purely free range meats, home baked breads and pastries and with the majority of fruits and vegetables coming from the property's own organic gardens. When the weather is fine, meals are served on the terrace and there is also a barbecue hut by Laguna Iberá, where picnics and traditional asados are prepared, great accompanied by a fine Argentinean wine.
The surrounding sanctuary contains Iberá’s amazing untouched flora and fauna, and expert gaucho guides will take you out by 4WD, boat, on horseback and on foot to see howler monkeys, deers, capybara, anteaters, caiman, colourful flocks of birds and much more. There are also opportunities to take part in the seasonal cattle round-ups or simply relax and begin to understand the gaucho lifestyle as you share a mate tea with one of the friendly estate workers. A sister property, Estancia San Alonso, in the further reaches of the reserve, is also an attractive option, particularly for fly-fishing.
Rincón del Socorro has six guest rooms in the main house and three small bungalows set amongst the grounds. All the rooms are individually designed and have private bathrooms.
Children are very much welcomed at Rincón del Socorro and we are sure they will love looking out for the local wildlife and are sure to find the experience both educational and fun.
Rincón del Socorro has a lovely outdoor swimming pool, dining room, library, gardens, quincho (outdoor BBQ), barn and tack room, a cosy reading room and children’s games room.
Many activities are on offer from Rincón del Socorro, including wildlife viewing, bird watching, horse riding, night safaris, swimming, fly fishing, working with the gauchos, cycling and kayaking. Excellent guides are on hand to accompany you and teach you more about the local environment.
A silent man in a pickup drove me north on the corrugated track that was Highway 40. Outback Corrientes was a place of long horizons, tall prairie skies, dirt ranchers and mule wagons. Jowly middle-aged bulls presided over harems of docile cows in fields as big as counties. A river appeared. On the far bank, gauchos pushed a herd of cattle through clouds of dust. In this rugged landscape, the old estancia of Rincon del Socorro is an oasis of elegant civilisation. The drive led past a reed-fringed lagoon where capybaras were basking in the mid-afternoon sun. On manicured lawns, spoonbills strolled like dowagers beneath the jacaranda trees. The ranch house, built more than a hundred years ago, was a long, whitewashed building whose graceful roofs extended over verandas on three sides of the house. Inside was a stylish world of hardwood floors, deep sofas and books.
The wetlands of north-eastern Argentina are wild, undeveloped and strikingly beautiful. Hosteria Rincon del Socorro, part of a conservation project led by philanthropist Doug Tompkins, is an ideal base for exploring this vast region. The main house, built in 1896, is in the classic estancia style, with guest rooms off a covered walkway, and meals served in a quincho (outhouse). The decor is elegantly rustic, and there's a cosy library. You are truly on the edge of the wilderness here: where the perfectly tended lawns end, the wetlands begin.
Apart from the wonderfully abundant wildlife, great guiding, charming rooms and delicious food (with a memorable asado), the two things I loved best here were the ecological project itself - Doug Tompkins has done an incredible job reclaiming cattle pastures into wilderness - and the little touches that justify the long journey here. The gaucho workers here are extremely friendly, and you'll quickly get a real sense of place. There's no doubt that this estancia is the real McCoy, oh, and the swimming pool is great. There's little to beat lazing in a pool while toucans fly overhead, knowing that you've got a great dinner ahead of you and possibly a little night stroll afterwards to look for owls, nightjars and (maybe) an elusive Maned Wolf.
Estancia Rincón del Socorro is located at the heart of the Iberá Wetlands in Northeastern Argentina.
A 1-hour 30-minute flight from Buenos Aires to Posadas, followed either by a 4-hour road transfer or 30-minute flight by light plane.
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