With seven rooms and three bungalows, Rincon del Socorro is the ideal base to explore the Esteros de Iberá wetlands. Having opted for the small plane transfer from Posadas (highly recommended not only for the comfort but also for the excellent bird's eye view of the wetlands), we landed on a grass strip a few steps away from the Estancia's main building, dodging capybaras and rheas -- really a fantastic way to arrive.
The room was spacious, lovingly decorated with local antiques and antique maps and prints. We had a bedroom, spacious bathroom, and a little study/nap room with an extra bed. There was no airconditioning, but the large ceiling fan was more than sufficient to keep the temperature pleasant at all times.
The common areas included a large, pleasant lounge with a library and games area, a covered veranda, a dining room, and a separate gazebo for al fresco dining. The feel of the place was more like being at a wealthy friend's place than at a hotel.
Food ranged from very good to excellent. With a lot of the ingredients from the Estancia's own organic garden, everything was fresh, tasty and local. All meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner) are all included in the price of the stay, with only wines and drinks extra. While Argentinian cuisine is heavy on meats, the Estancia can cater to vegetarians, as well.
The activities are varied and include nature walks, horseback rides, bicycle rides, jeep rides, boat rides, and canoeing. Day trips to the neighboring Estancia San Alonso are also arranged (San Alonso is deep inside the wetlands) but we could not do this trip because the Estancia's plane had some mechanical trouble (flying is the only really practical option of getting to San Alonso) -- therefore no fly-fishing for us.
We stayed at the lodge for seven days, which is usually considered a fairly long stay. We saw people staying from two to four nights. Three nights is probably a reasonable minimum to experience the wetlands and the various activities, but if you have the time and are interested in the wetlands nature, a week does not get boring, at all.
We stayed at the Estancia at the very beginning of March. Daytime temperatures were around 25 - 30 °C with nights at a pleasantly cool 20 °C or so. In the middle of the summer the temps can be upwards of 40 °C with hot nights which can be a bit too much for many. We felt late summer/early autumn is definitely a good time to visit the Estancia.
The star attraction of the Estancia is the wetlands and its varied wildlife. With over 40 mammal species and over 300 bird species, the place offers an almost Africa-like safari feel. Capybaras, vizcachas, caymans, deer, and foxes were abundant and easily seen.
While the activities were varied, the Estancia could do still a somewhat better job of acquainting the visitors with the wetlands ecosystem and the conservation work done there -- now these facets of the place were not explored much at all. Something that would also be interesting -- don't know about the practicalitity thereof, though -- would be trips to deeper into the wetlands and possibly even spending a night fly-camping in the wetlands.
Our main guide -- Mingo -- was knowledgeable, friendly, and very easy to communicate with. His English was not very good but as we knew a little Spanish, there were no problems. While not knowing any Spanish is not a big problem, at least understanding a little helps here. The horses were marvellous and the terrain for riding was excellent.
For the afternoon or day off, the Estancia has a very nice swimming pool with a lounging area. Also, if you are lucky, the visiting fencing teacher from Buenos Aires, Tommy, might be around and give you a fencing lesson.
Overall, Estancia Rincon del Socorro was a very good experience and it gave some great insights into an ecologically unique and very important area, while surrounding one with nicely understated luxury and very friendly people.
While Rincon del Socorro is not cheap by Argentinian standards, it is still relatively affordable and significantly less expensive than lodges of similar level in most places in e.g. Africa. The Estancia is easily accessible from Buenos Aires (90 minute commercial flight plus 70 minute small plane ride) and easily combinable to a trip to Iguazu, for instance.
Don't forget your sunscreen and mosquito repellent, though. The sub-tropical sun is fierce and the mosquitos around the wetter parts of the wetlands (not the actual Estancia, though) are big and hungry.
Overall, Estancia Rincon Del Socorro is highly recommended as a great place to see an unusual and important part of Argentina in very pleasant surroundings.
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