WED, 08 NOV 17 – IBERA MARSHES
We have two full days at Rincon del Socorro to enjoy activities and the countryside. The Estancia Rincon del Socorro, located in a natural paradise, was the headquarters of a former cattle ranch on the edge of the Ibera Marshlands. Through the efforts of American Douglas Thompkins, eco-philanthropist, this nature reserve was bought in 1999 by The Conservation Land Trust (CLT). They have established environmental, sustainable and re-introduction programs that are managed by biologists and veterinarians. Guests and visitors are provided with a good understanding of the local ecosystem and
an appreciation of the importance of the wetlands and savannah landscapes.
Activities include tours of the estancia (walking or horseback), a boat ride through the marshes and a nocturnal safari drive. The birdlife is abundant on the property. We may wake up to a greater rhea munching on grass outside our room or spend time admiring herons, cormorants, egrets, and other birds found a short walk from the main house.
Horseback riding is an integral part of the Rincon’s program, since the chances of seeing wildlife increase immensely on horseback rather than on foot. Your hosts, Leslie and Valeria Cook are horse trainers. The horses are available for all riding abilities and the riding tack and guiding are excellent. Most rides are about 1.5-2 hours but longer rides and night rides can be requested.
The boat tour of Ibera Marshes is a highlight of our time here. Flowering aquatic plants and fauna such as Black Caiman, Roseate Spoonbills; Maguari Storks; Whistling Herons; Anhinga; Marsh Eagles; Painted Turtles; are abundant. If we are lucky, we may see the rare marsh deer which is in danger of extinction. (BLD)