Corrientes province (The Iberá Marshlands, Argentina)
A wonderful estancia 3˝ hours south of Posadas on the edge of the Ibera Wetlands. The former cattle ranch set in 12,000 hectares was recently purchased by the ecologist Douglas Tomkins along with 2 other estancias in the area (Batel and San Alonso) and converted into a private nature reserve. The main building has been stylishly refurbished and features a comfortable lounge, with plenty of information on the surrounding wildlife and environmental issues, a well stocked bar and dining room. Outside there is small pool and separate building where they cook the evening meals. Food is excellent, all organic and homegrown in the impressive gardens that have been built towards the staff quarters. Access to the estancia is via a very bumpy road (especially in the rainy season) from either Posadas or Mercedes or by private plane.
Activities range from guided walks and boat trips through the channels to riding and biking within the grounds. If the plane is at the estancia, visits to Estancia San Alonso, on its own island deep within the wetlands, or to the working Estancia Batel can also be arranged.
There are 6 immaculate en suite rooms in the main building and 3 cabins within the grounds.
A wonderful estancia that really stands out in terms of quality and wildlife (over 300 species of birds alone!)
“Rincon del Socorro lovely, the staff were all very helpful although it was difficult to get a pre-dinner drink as only the guide and one other girl knew how to pour anything! Good variety of food and Rosetta our guide was great, loved the lagoon and had several good horse-rides. Luis looks after his horses very well. Super spot and maybe we should have gone over to other ranch but we enjoyed everything so did not seem any point.” - MC, March 2008