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Santa Fe

Jaaukanigás is a huge nature reserve in the northeast of Santa Fe on the banks of the Paraná River, which guards one of the largest wetlands on the Argentine coast. Little by little, it is positioning itself as a “jewel” for lovers of ecotourism and bird and wildlife observers.

The best time to go is from March to November. The fishing season usually begins in February. In August and September, the parks turn vivid pink as a result of the lapacho flowering.

What to see
A paradise of birds and wildlife

Jaaukanigás offers an amazing abundance of wildlife (2 species of alligators, capybaras, black howlers, some of the last deer in the region's swamps and more than 300 species of birds) and landscapes outlined by the Paraná River, streams, creeks, wetlands and islands. 


The most important gateways are Reconquista and Villa Ocampo, as well as other smaller towns such as Avellaneda, Las Toscas or Florencia.


The port of Reconquista is 14 km from the city. You can go on kayak tours and boat trips that depart from there. In the nearby islands, hiking, photo safaris and bird watching are options for you to enjoy.


The Virá - Pitá Provincial Reserve, 14 km away from Reconquista, is characterised by its riparian forests covered by climbing plants and beautiful cane fields. You can take a boat tour (without going ashore) which you must book in advance.


For bird watchers and photography lovers, the Isla la Fuente Provincial Protected Landscape, opposite the port of Reconquista, is a must-see. There is a fishing spot that engulfs you in the culture of the island.

Villa Ocampo

The Jaaukanigás ecotourism route begins in the tourist village of San Vicente. It is a 17 km route that reaches the heart of the wetland. There are biomes of great biodiversity such as gallery forests, palm trees, wetlands, beaches and viewpoints of streams and lagoons. It ends in Puerto Ocampo, with a beautiful view of the Paraná River. 

El Pindó Nature Reserve

Located 12 km east off Villa Ocampo, you can get there by car, bicycle or boat. There are self-guided trails, skywalks and scenic viewpoint decks. You can see emblematic species such as black howlers, yellow anacondas, capybaras, yacare caimans and broad-snouted caimans.

Some 127 species of birds were identified in the reserve.


Some 5 km north of Reconquista, in Avellaneda, the palm groves of Bajo Vénica stand out: one of the largest palm forests in Jaaukanigás where you can see the “palm tree with four segments”.

You can go there by car along a dirt road or cycle through rural roads and go across streams to the palm groves (check the condition of the roads beforehand). Florencia and Las Toscas also offer services and ecotourism activities.

National Wetlands Festival

In February, and with the aim of raising awareness about the sustainable use of wetlands and promoting ecotourism, the National Wetlands Festival offers a variety of sports, music events, contests, exhibitions, ecotourism tours and local cuisine.  

Giant fossils

The Aníbal Gregoret Historical Natural and Paleontological Museum houses pieces found in the Los Amores riverbed, belonging to the Jaaukanigás megafauna: large prehistoric mammals that inhabited this region 100,000 years ago.

How to get there and move around

Reconquista, Villa Ocampo and Avellaneda are the gateways to the wetland and are located on National Route 11.

Reconquista is 325 km north of the city of Santa Fe and can be reached along National Route 11 or Provincial Route 1 (paved), which passes through different towns, picturesque landscapes and places of interest. 


Dirt roads may go into the wetland so it is recommended to check the status before travelling, or book a tour.

Where to stay

The largest offer of lodging and gastronomy is in Reconquista, Villa Ocampo and Avellaneda.
There are also several rural accommodation options along Provincial Route 1.

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