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Up The Río Paraná

For centuries the Río Paraná was the main highway from Buenos Aires to Misiones and the Gran Chaco. During the Spanish colonial era, some were settled, like the major port Corrientes. Other cities, such as Rosario, just sprouted out of the landscape to handle the export of cattle. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this river was the route of European immigrants who arrived directly to their new homes in the northern territories of Gran Chaco and Misiones.

The Río Paraná forms the border between the northeast provinces, with Santa Fe and Chaco on the west bank, and Entre Ríos and Corrientes on the eastern. Further north, it defines Argentina from Paraguay. Feeding the great waterway are the Paraguay and Iguazú Rivers. Within the Paraná watershed are the Esteros del Iberá, a marshland full of birds, yacaré caimans and the world’s largest rodent, the capybara. Northeast Argentina is also home to another of South America’s wetlands, Bañado La Estrella in Formosa Province. Río Pilcomayo and Chaco are just two of the national parks also worth visiting.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

06 Jul 2010

Things to do in Up The Río Paraná


139954Another popular way to explore the Estero del Iberá is by hiking. Near the Reserva Provincial Iberá’s Centro de Visitantes Agua Brillante are three trails. Behind it are the Sendero del Cerrito, ...
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Boat Tours

139953The hottest ticket in town is the boat tour of Laguna Iberá. Most trips leave 6-11 a.m. or 4-6 p.m., avoiding the heat of day. Night excursions are also available. Outings are usually canceled if ...
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Monumento Nacional de La Bandera & Landmark Walk

118929The first thing to check out the Monumento Nacional de la Bandera, which is an impressive sight and offers plenty to do. The massive 70-meter (230-ft) tall monument commemorates General Manuel ...
City Walk
Rosario, Argentina

Parque De La Independencia

139880Every major city in the world has one. New York has Central Park and Mexico City, Chapultepec. A place where you can paddleboat across the park’s mini-lake, have your photo taken with a pony (or a ...
City Park
Rosario, Argentina

Museo Del Paraná Y Las Islas

139881Museo del Paraná y las Islas was established by local artist Raúl Domínguez, who lived on one of the Alto Delta islands for several decades. His son Mario Domínguez Teixeira carries on the ...
Rosario, Argentina

Alto Delta Islands

139890The chain of bridges that connects Rosario with Victoria drapes across 60 kilometers (37 mi) of islands, sandbars and marshes that make up the Islas Alto Delta which spans 45 kilometers (28 mi) of ...
Other Activity
Rosario, Argentina

Museo Regional Y Jará

139949A half-block from the pastoral Plaza San Martín is Museo Regional y Jará, whose name in Guaraní means “spirit protector of the water.” This simple museum has four rooms. The first explains the ...
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Horseback Riding

Another way to explore the Esteros del Iberá near Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is on horseback. Two-hour cabalgatas traverse the marshy shores of Laguna Iberá, where you can catch the lagoon’s ...
Horseback Riding
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Estancia San Antonio

Estancia San Antonio invites travelers to come experience the payé del Iberá, the charm of Iberá. This private wildlife reserve is located between Esteros del Miriñay and Esteros de la Cañada ...
Other Activity
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Museo Provincial De Ciencias Naturales Y Antropológicas

141276Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Antropológicas Professor Antonio Serrano covers the entire scope of natural sciences. Individual galleries are dedicated to the geology, flora and fauna of ...
Paraná, Argentina

Parque Urquiza

141277Paranense life focuses on the river. For several kilometers along the Río Paraná\'s towering left bank bluffs stretches the terraced Parque Urquiza. This greenspace begins in the Puerto Nuevo where ...
City Park
Paraná, Argentina
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