THE YERBA MATE ROAD
Taste different mate flavors and brands
Two beverages have made Argentina famous to the world: Wine and Mate Tea. The yerba mate is a native tree (ilex paraguariensis) of Northeastern Argentina that only grows on its typical red soil.
It’s a tea tradition that comes from the native Guaraníes and was taken over by the Jesuits in the 17th century.
The yerba mate road connects Corrientes and Misiones – connecting as well its two best known touristic places: Iberá Wetlands and Iguazú Falls.
On your excursion from the Iberá to Iguazú (or vice versa) you will get to know several locations where Yerba Mate is grown, dried, milled, stationed and packaged. You will try different mate flavors and brands and visit plantations and a cooperative.
It’s a full day excursion and the perfect way of connecting the two destinations Iberá and Iguazú.
A great option of this full day excursion is to include one night on a Yerba Mate pioneer Estancia half way where you will feel the spirit of the “green gold” as this plant was called in the 1920.
The ideal starting point for excursions into the Iberá marshlands is the village of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. At the entrance of the village that counts 500 inhabitants, you can easily find Irupé Lodge – named after a rare aquatic plant of the wetlands. The panoramic view of our park and the lake right out front, crowded with colourful birds, invites you to explore Argentina’s nature. The Lodge construction on poles ensures a natural and cosy atmosphere for unforgettably relaxing days. Moreover, the country-style designed and original rooms will help to make your holidays peaceful and exclusive.Let’s discover the Iberá Wetlands and Iguazú Falls with Irupé Lodge & Tours.