We continue organizing the blog articles by region, so that it is easier for you to navigate, research and plan a trip to Argentina. Today we focus on the Litoral region, located in the northeast of Argentina and includes the Entre Rios, Corrientes, Misiones, Santa Fe, Chaco and Formosa provinces.
This region is home to large rivers, tropical humidity, red earth, and virgin jungles full of gigantic trees and extraordinary flora and fauna. The system that forms the river basin of the region is the third largest in the world and the second largest in the Americas after the Amazon. The fish in this region face many challenges but the “dorado fish”, also known as the tiger of the rivers, stands out.
The star of the Litoral region is the Iguazú Falls located less than two hours from Buenos Aires by plane. The sight of seeing tons of water plunging just a few feet from the walking bridges suspended in the air takes everyone’s breath away.
Another less known destination located far from the massive influx of tourism of the Iguazú Falls is the Selva Misionera, which conserves its richness in bio-diversity. It is possible to stay in a lodge inside the jungle and participate in different nature activities: educational walks, planting native trees, observing fauna and interpreting natural processes.
The Iberá Marshlands in Corrientes has an extremely unique water ecosystem where you will find thousands of animal and plant species. There are several inns that can be used as a base for all of the tourist activities offered: boat tours through the marshlands, visits to the Interpretation Center, daytime and nighttime treks through the forests, photo safaris and canoeing.
Los Saltos del Moconá, the Río Pilcomayo National Park, the El Palmar National Park and the Chaqueña Plain are less known tourists places but also offer extremely beautiful natural scenery.
From a cultural perspective the Jesuit missionary ruins, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, truly stand out. The original inhabitants of this region were the Guarani indigenous people who were later joined by the Jesuits. Towards the end of the 18th century both the Guarani and Jesuits were driven out, leaving behind their missions which were lost in the jungle. Today, it is possible to see these missions in person. If you are unable to go, we recommend you watch the film “La Misión” by Roland Joffré which narrates the incredible Jesuit experience in Iguazú and offers spectacular scenes of the Falls.
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