– Eco-tourism in the Argentine Mesopotamia –
Natural wonders surrounded by rivers
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Located in the northeast of the country on the border with Brazil, the Argentine Mesopotamia is formed by the provinces of Misiones, Corrientes and Entre Ríos. Its name comes from the fact that it is completely surrounded by the rivers Iguazu, San Antonio, Pepiri Guazú, Paraná and Uruguay.
This area of great fluvial reserves also contains lowlands which are easily flooded and some hills of low slope. The climate tends to be hot and humid in the north and mild in the south. There are some industries and mining activities, but farming predominates with a large fruit production.
In terms of ecotourism, the Argentine Mesopotamia has some of the biggest attractions in the nation:
- The Iguazu Falls: Considered as one of the natural wonders of the world, its name comes from the Guarani and means “big water”. They are an impressive set of 275 waterfalls located in the north of the Misiones province and are shared with the Brazilian state of Paraná. These waterfalls receive millions of tourists from around the world every year. On the Argentine side they are within the Iguazu National Park.
His most impressive fall is called the Devil’s Throat with 80 meters high to which can be arrived through the Rainforest Ecological Train to be contemplated from walkways. Also, there are boat rides under the waterfalls and hiking trails where it can be appreciated some of the subtropical jungle animals.
- Los Esteros de Iberá: Its name comes from the Guarani and means “sparkling water”, are located in the Corrientes province, and are one of the most important water reserves in Argentina and the world.
They provide a habitat to hundreds of species such as deers and yacarás. The Eco-tourism options in the Argentine Mesopotamia, tend to focus in the fauna observation that along with its landscapes constitute a perfect location for photography safaris.
- Beaches and Thermal Waters of Entre Rios: This province offers plenty of beaches in the rivers Parana in the west and Uruguay in the east, where tourists can practice water sports and fishing, as well as excursions on their islands and visit the Pre-Delta National Park in northern Paraná river. In Addition, the thermal waters are a great opportunity for health tourism in this region.