An exclusive photo safari of the Iberá wetlands and Iguazú waterfalls, expertly guided by renowned photographer Ossian Lindholm.
Our exclusive wildlife safari and photography tour of Northeast Argentina combines two uniquely precious destinations that are perfect for landscape and wildlife photography—the endless wetlands of Iberá and the stunning waterfalls of Iguazú. Not only will you be exploring and learning about the natural and cultural wonders of these remarkable areas; our travel photography tour gives you a fantastic opportunity to learn tips from the best.
Each day of your tour we’ll provide you with expert workshops in landscape and wildlife photography. These are run by renowned professional photographer and experienced naturalist, Ossian Lindholm. Ossian is a respected documentary filmmaker too, and has created several documentaries exploring the Iguazú Falls and Iberá. On this unique South American photography expedition you’ll be able to tap into his immense knowledge of—and passionate commitment to—these precious environments.
Iberá: Argentina’s “Brilliant Waters”
The first part of the tour is based in the Iberá wetlands, found in the northwestern province of Corrientes. This vast area of some 7,000 square miles was, until quite recently, pretty much unexplored. Now it is recognized as one of South America’s most important freshwater reservoirs. In fact, after Brazil’s vast Pantanal, Iberá is reckoned to be the one of the biggest wetlands in the world. Its myriad rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands are all fed by natural rainfall, and make Iberá a wonderful refuge for a huge diversity of wildlife.
Iberá, or “brilliant waters” in the Guarani language, was in fact once the riverbed of the Parana river. Over the years the river’s flow slowed, and a huge “sponge” of vegetative matter and boggy soils built up. This now has an amazing capacity to absorb water, with scientists reckoning it retains up to 1,500 millimeters of rainfall each year.
Like many environmental oases, Iberá has been at serious risk of degradation, mainly as a result of overhunting and overfishing. These activities were destroying the biodiversity of the region, undermining its crucial ecological role, and ruining the local economy. In 1983 the Iberá Nature Reserve was created to help preserve it, and its innumerable and unique species of fauna and flora, for future generations.
The situation changed for the better some 15 years ago, when gaming, poaching, and fishing were completely forbidden. The environmentalists who have worked so hard to protect it now believe Iberá is one of the most remarkable of Argentina’s ecosystems. Today it is open for careful and sensitive exploration, by photographers and nature-lovers from around the world.
In fact, educational and conservation focused tourism, like our guided Iberá tours, have helped ensure the economic success of the area. This, in turn, has helped to guarantee its environmental future: the people who once hunted wildlife here are now its guides and teachers. And as guests in Ibera, you will be making your own contribution to this inspiring and sustainable conservation model.
One of the last natural paradises on earth, with a mild climate and wonderful isolation, Iberá is an area where wild animals really are the stars of the show! Its marshes offer wildlife-lovers countless close-up encounters. There are caimans, capybaras, and giant otters to be spotted in its waters. The marshlands are home to swamp deer, pampas deer, and anaconda. You can also find howler monkeys and greater rheas here—in fact there are over 300 species of birds in Iberá.
It all helps to make a photo expedition to the Iberá wetlands a wildlife photographer’s dream come true. Our photographic tours, with their emphasis on education and total sensory immersion, will showcase its beauty for you from every angle. And most importantly, your tourism dollars will contribute towards sustaining this paradise for generations to come.
Iguazú: The Great Water of Argentina
For the second part of our Travel Vision Journeys photo tour, we visit the Iguazú Falls, declared one of the seven natural wonders of the world. On this exclusive tour you’ll again be partnered with Ossian, a native Argentinian who knows and loves the area well. You will quickly see why it has captured the attention and hearts of so many visitors to the country.
The Iguazú National Park, with its stupendous complex of stepped waterfalls, is one the world’s most visually stunning phenomenon. It lies in the Misiones Province in the northeastern corner of Argentina, and has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. Over the course of some 2 miles, the Iguazú River drops 250 feet, tumbling over a series of roaring waterfalls.
It is also here that the river—given the name of “great water” by the indigenous peoples—curves in a large horseshoe loop around two national parks, one in Argentina and one in Brazil. In fact, this mighty river forms the international border between these two countries, before it merges with the Parana River.
The special atmosphere of this place is immediately apparent to visitors, with great swirls of spray that drench its network of islands and riverine forests. These moist clouds help sustain an extremely humid microclimate, producing a lush and dense foliage home to some truly unique fauna. The Iguazú National Park is also treasured as one of the few remaining fragments of Atlantic Forest—a biome classified as a threatened ecosystem and a global conservation priority.
This forest once covered large parts of the Brazilian coast, ranging as far as Uruguay, eastern Paraguay, and northern Argentina. What little remains today is known for its incredible species diversity, high degree of endemism, and unique habitat. Scientists have counted 80 varieties of tree, some 2,000 plant species, and four hundred species of bird. Foremost among these is the rare harpy eagle, but there are also beautiful wildcats and the rarely-seen broad-snouted caiman to be tracked and captured on camera.
So, for lovers of nature and wildlife who relish delving into the lesser explored corners of our planet, this is a ready-made photography adventure. Argentina’s most renowned and environmentally precious wetlands and waterfall environments offer unsurpassed and abundant encounters with wildlife. An incredible variety of animals and birds, back-dropped by stunning landscapes, guarantee an unforgettable photo safari. And, thanks to the visual alchemy of the photographic experience, this is one trip that’s sure to inspire you for years to come.
Feel free to reach out to our director, Lauren Hefferon at 617-640-4837, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. A long-time photo tour professional, she has created, scouted, and will be co-guiding all departures for this exclusive photo adventure.
- Daily and abundant close encounters with wildlife
- Expedition to Iberá, one of the most important freshwater reservoirs on the continent and the second-largest wetland in the world
- Tranquil boat rides that glide through pristine wetlands
- Educational talks by local naturalists and conservationists
- Daily photography instruction and one-on-one coaching with Ossian Lindholm, one of Argentina’s most renowned nature photographers
- Boutique accommodation and the savoring of local specialties
- Night photography sessions