Esteros del Iberá:
The Great Wetlands of Argentina

A wonderland of sky, water, grass, and birdsong, the Iberá marshlands of Corrientes Province is the foremost wildlife habitat in Argentina and one of Earth’s great natural treasures. Among the largest freshwater wetlands in South America, comprising more than one million hectares (2.5 million acres), the Iberá was forged from ancient geological forces and the long-ago wanderings of the mighty Paraná River. Today the landscape is a locus of conservation activity—including a campaign to designate the public and privately owned conservation lands within the Iberá basin as a new national park. Increasingly a destination for nature lovers, birdwatchers from around the globe come to see some 360 avian species that use the marshlands.

Photographer Juan Ramón Díaz Colodrero has spent years documenting the region’s birdlife and other wild creatures. In Esteros del Iberá, his dazzling images put the reader into the heart of the Iberá’s life-affirming beauty. Essays by leading regional conservationists and other experts illuminate the Iberá’s diverse subtropical natural communities and distinctive human culture. While the area is remarkably unspoiled, innovative conservation projects are augmenting wildlife populations and returning missing native species—such as the giant anteater and the jaguar—to their rightful homes in the landscape of shining waters. The Iberá presents a stark contrast to the modern world, a place where the trajectory of land health is moving toward integrity and wildness. Esteros del Iberá, a landmark volume celebrating a peerless place, invites the reader to experience this natural spectacle.

Contributors: Photography by Juan Ramón Díaz Colodrero; essays by Sofía Heinonen, Pedro “Perico” Perea Muñoz, Ignacio Jiménez Pérez, Marcos García Rams, Mauricio Rumboll, and Douglas Tompkins.

Published in English and Spanish editions by the Conservation Land Trust in partnership with Goff Books, © 2014 (