Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site Visitor Center






Americas flyway


WLI Americas


Name of organisation

Municipality of Avellaneda

Funding support

Municipality of Avellaneda. Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Nation. Secretariat of Tourism of the Province of Santa Fe.

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year

Since its inauguration on 2 February 2015, around 600 people have been received, of which four hundred correspond to school groups.

Overall aims of the centre

  • To raise awareness and educate the regional population about the importance of caring for wetlands.
  • To publicise and disseminate the Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site.
  • To become the starting point for tourist visits to the Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site.

Description of the centre

Size: 82 Mts2 room.
Types of habitats:
. Representation of a typical natural space of the Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site, with palm groves, marshes, marshes and gallery forest.
. Handmade replicas of representative animals of the site.
. Replica of a typical dwelling of the site's inhabitants.
. Aboriginal pottery of the first settlers.
. Paneling.
. Model with gigantography.
. Photographic exhibitions.
Organised activities: Reception of school groups, where an interpretative circuit is carried out, audiovisual material is reproduced, drawings are made on the subject, and interactive games are played.
Location of the Centre: Estación de Colectivos Ciudad de Avellaneda, Province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Brief description of the Wetland: The Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site is 492 thousand hectares, located in the General Obligado Department, in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, one of the largest Ramsar sites in Argentina. The site is located between several biogeographical areas of the Americas: these include the representative habitats of the Chaco, with its red quebracho forests and caranday palm groves; the Paranaense Region, with its gallery forests and riverine forests; and the Pampean Region with savannahs and grasslands dominated by various grasses. In addition to this great variety of flora, there is also a great variety of fauna. There are 699 detected species of vertebrates, and invertebrates are abundant. Of the former, there are 240 fish, 36 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 300 birds and 68 mammals. The carayá monkey, the black caiman and plants such as the ambay and the palo jabón show that the area constitutes the southern distribution limit of several tropical species.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Interpretive visits, talks, stakeholder meetings.

Top three successes

  • School visits have been very successful, because there is no similar centre in the whole region.
  • The regional population has received important information about Jaaukanigás and the care of the wetlands through the opening of the centre.
  • Several tourist contingents have been received, who have been able to visit Jaaukangiás with prior knowledge, to enjoy more of the benefits of nature and culture of the site, and to make an environmentally correct visit.

Top three challenges

  • To ensure that all schools in the region can visit the centre, in order to generate awareness and self-esteem in the youngest children.
  • To welcome all groups and individuals who come to the region for tourist activities. To educate them about Jaaukanigas and urge them to make environmentally correct visits, without damaging the nature and culture of the region.
  • To encourage the development of ecotourism in the region.


Interpretation techniques

Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools


Amilcar Vallejos
Address: Calle 22 Nº 936 (National Route Nº 11). Avellaneda, Santa Fe. Argentina
E-mail: turismoavellaneda@hotmail.com
Telephone Number: 03482 481079

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