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Tara Inti Island: the wild life of hot springs in its purest form

The Tara Inti Nature Recreation Reserve is a stronghold where nature finds a refuge for human beings.

Santiago del Estero
Isla Tara Inti

Accessing along the waterfront that borders the Rio Dulce from the thermal town to the dam Rio Hondo del Dique Frontal, we arrive at the Tara Inti Nature Recreation Reserve. This place is a stronghold where nature finds a refuge from human beings. Wildlife can be observed, photographed and listened to as in few places in the province of Santiago del Estero.

From the waterfront we easily cross the Rio Dulce by a modern bridge that gives access to the wooden walkways that mark the circuit where we will walk without contaminating the soil. The harmony of the place is something that invites silence, walking. And discover the diversity of birds and trees that inhabit the island.

Tara Inti means “Sun Island” in Quichua Aymara language. Walking around its 24 hectares is a simple task for travelers of all ages. The catwalks guide us through signs that tell us where to go, what to see and what we are seeing.


These walkways connect 4 viewpoints from where you can appreciate the nature that surrounds us more closely. They allow a good panoramic space to photograph or rest a few minutes.

Each meter that we advance inside the reserve takes us into a green space. With silences that are only interrupted by squawking, fluttering or the dance of the branches of trees to the wind.

The circuit in total covers 600 meters on boardwalks made of quebracho colorado santiagueño wood and the entire reserve preserves a space in the wetlands of the Parque Chaco Seco.


With a total of 100 species that visit it annually, the Tara Inti Nature Reserve is an ideal tour for birdwatching or birdwatching.

On the side of the avifauna the species of the place are classified into Canoras, Raptors and Waterfowl.

Among the species of waterfowl are the Maicero Duck, Garza Mora, Garza Blanca, Garcita Blanca, Stork American, Tero, Cuervillo Cañada, Cuervillo de Cañada, Spatula Rosada, Flamenco Austral, Bandurria Mora, Chajá, Garza Bruja and many more.

Of the songbirds we can mention the Common Calacante, Parakeet, Talker Parrot, Crespin, Owl Oejudo, Ñacurutú, Black Wing Atajacaminos, Martin Pescador Chico, Carpintero Campestre, Monjita Blanca, Colorado Thrush, Goldfinch, Brasita de Fuego, etc.

In addition, in the wetland there are amphibious animals and reptiles such as Frogs, Toads, Viboras, Lizards, Rodents and Sierra Morena, among others.


On the side of flora Tara Inti has among its species Tusca, Algarrobo, Quebracho Colorado, Mistol, Chañar, Ule, Vinal, Sauce Creollo, Totoras, Camalotes and more.

You can also see paleontological remains found on the island with their proper descriptions. These remains correspond to the Quaternary era. They allow to travel millions of years in the natural past of Termas de Río Hondo.

In turn, from the last viewpoint you get a great panoramic view of the River Dulce Dam and the Frontal Dam ideal for photographing.

For all this we recommend you visit the Tara Inti Nature Reserve. Know the nature of the area and respect an ecological paradise preserved for everyone.

Source: Ministry of Tourism Santiago del Estero

Publication Date: 05/09/2019

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