Ibera wetlands are an unsung gem of Argentina’s National Parks.
While Brazil’s Pantanal may be world renowned, Ibera is as wonderful and in many ways more so.
More easily accessible and offering far more value for money, Ibera National Park is a wildlife lovers dream.
Capybara munch on grasses at the road side, caimen skulk in the murky waters of the lagoon and howler monkeys, well howl in the tree tops.
And oh the birds! We’re not talking nondescript little brown birds either. Rufescent tiger herons, 5-foot jabiru storks, crowned eagles and glittering-bellied hummingbirds.
Access to this National Park is completely free and you can even find several free campsites at different entrances around the park.
Ibera wetlands became a National Park at the end of 2018, largely thanks to the efforts of Tompkins Conservation.
As with vast swathes of Chilean Patagonia, like Pumalin Park and others along the Carretera Austral, Kristine Tompkins and her late husband Doug donated land through their foundations Conservation Land Trust (CLT)) and Flora & Fauna Argentina.
If you find yourself anywhere near the north of Argentina, don’t miss visiting the wildlife haven of Ibera National Park.
Argentina’s southernmost National Park, Tierra del Fuego has amazing scenery right at the end of the world.
Explore the park on a guided tour or better still, under your own steam.
There’s over 30 kilometres of hiking trails, unparalleled views over Beagle Channel and free camping in the final frontier before Antarctica!
The deep fjords surrounding the park were formed by retreating glaciers. Bahía Lapataia is one of the highlights of any visit here.
And more than any other National Park we’ve visited in Argentina, visitors learn about the cultural past of the indigenous Yámana people who once lived here.
If you’ve travelled all the way tot Ushuaia and the end of the world, make sure to visit one of Argentina’s most tremendous National Parks.
A guide to Argentina’s National Parks
The Administracion de Parques Nacionales take care and maintain Argentina’s National Parks.
Every park has onsite rangers, knowledgeable about the area and passionate about protecting it for future generations.
For every park we’ve visited in Argentina, our interactions with the rangers and the educational information provided, enhanced our experience. They do such a marvellous job.
Camping in the National Parks of Argentina
It’s possible to camp in many of Argentina’s National Parks, often for free.
Facilities tend to be basic.
Bathrooms and (often cold) showers, fire pits, overnight parking spots, a place to pitch a tent and often covered barbecue areas are all any nature loving camper need though.
Admission to Argentina’s National Parks
Many of Argentina’s National Parks and reserves are completely free to visit.
For the few parks with an entrance fee, they tend to have exceptional value for money, world class facilities and cater for thousands of visitors.
For example, entrance to both the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls and Perito Moreno Glacier is a mere ARG $800 (about US $9 or GBP £8).
On our list of Argentina’s National Parks above, we only paid to enter Iguazu National Park, Los Glaciares (and then only Perito Moreno Glacier – the rest of the park is free) and Tierra del Fuego National Park.