World tourist destinations: Corrientes on the New York Times recommended list

Like every year, the New York Times made its list of “52 places” in the world, ideal to visit. Argentina obtained a place in this list and the chosen destination was the Esteros del Iberá, in the province of Corrientes.

In a pandemic, any selection is difficult and subject to the evolution of the epidemiological situation in each place.

“With the pandemic entering its third calendar year, global travel is more possible, but it remains difficult and fraught with uncertainty,” said the article, published in the Travel section of the newspaper.

But in addition, it is not only about warning about the pandemic, it is also important, on a trip around the world, to talk about climate change and the ravages in some landscapes (fires, storms, water levels, etc). The travel industry is known to be responsible for between 8% and 11% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Optimism

Travel supports depleted economies in places that rely on tourist dollars and opens travelers’ eyes to cultures and customs different from their own. That thought is the animating spirit behind this year’s list,“52 places for a changed world”point out in the article.

That is why this selection focuses on places where there are important changes that can improve the future of the people who live there or the natural environment.

Argentina obtained a place in this list and the chosen destination was the Esteros del Iberá, in the province of Corrientes. It is not the first time that Iberá has obtained this recognition: in 2017 it had already been part of the list.

what stand out

Among the descriptions made by the New York Times to justify the choice of this natural site, characterized by its grasslands and wetlands, is the work of the Rewilding Argentina foundation, which intervened and began to buy and donate land.

“Today, Iberá Park is one of the largest in Argentina…with protected grasslands, lagoons, islands and wetlands, and a sanctuary for large populations of animals. The foundation has saved dozens of species from extinction here, in particular jaguars, giant anteaters and giant river otters, and has become a refuge for marsh deer, the maned wolf, rheas, grassland birds and the collared yetapá”, writes Danielle Pergamento in her article , in relation to the choice of place.

It is worth remembering that in 2018 the Iberá National Park was created, which is made up of four portals with independent income and is part of the Iberá Natural Reserve in the province of Corrientes, created in 1983 and with a total area of ​​1,300,000 hectares.

From the Iberá website, they point out that “years ago Iberá was that unproductive area that divided the province and that it was not very well known what to do with it. Today, it is the heart that unites the people of Corrientes and in this context the Great Park Iberá is positioned as an intelligent territory that contributes to the sustainable progress and economic growth of Corrientes, with the potential to generate more than 20,000 jobs.”

To get to know the region, you have to choose one of the many entry portals – each with a different degree of development of infrastructure and tourist services – and a way to get to know the place. There are navigations, horseback riding, walks and more.

With information from Clarin.

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