Ibera wetlands: And we thought it was all tar on the last stretch…..

The Ibera wetlands

I met this really cool guy at the Sheraton who having learnt that we were heading to Buenos Aires via Corrientes promptly suggested a detour via Esquina to do some world class dorado fishing!!!! Looking into this prospect revealed that this region of Argentina has the best dorado fishing in the world – but the season is over!! Yet another reason to come back!

Not to be beat, we headed off on the dusty track to the Ibera wetlands to see some more wildlife. It was only 130km of sand which took us 2 hours of slithering to negotiate! Not what you would expect on the last leg…..but was it worth it!

On the front of the boat as the official photographer

The official videographer relaxing

We spent today on a morning and afternoon private boat trip through the wetlands. We had close viewing encounters with over 200 camon ranging in size from 15cm to 2 metres, saw 100 or more capybaras, lots of strange birds and indulged on what must surely be our last major Argentinian site-seeing activity!

The eye of the caiman

Cathy: Here is a more info on these wetlands….

The Ibera wetlands are the second largest wetlands in the world, second to the Pantanal in Brazil. They have almost been kept a secret due to the fact that the Pantanal attracts most of the tourists. You access it from the tiny town of Carlos Pellegrini and the best way to explore it (or to see the most animals) is by boat.
It is pretty much an ecological system of swamps, lakes, marshes, lagoons and floating islands. And the animal life is something else!!!!!

Happy capybara with a yellow bird

I have never seen a wild capybara before and here they were on every island. I learnt that they are the biggest rodent in the world. Despite being rodents I thought they were awfully cute.

Baby caiman

I think you look tasty…..

Caimans were everywhere and we got really close to them. I’m guessing that they are not nearly as vicious as crocodiles or maybe there is more than enough food around so they don’t have to look at tourists as a quick meal. It felt as if there were even more caimans here than there are crocodiles in Lake Kariba. Our guide took us really close. We could have pretty much touched them if we wanted to. We even managed to see 2 mommy caiman with their babies.

One of the many birds. Not sure of the name… probably a yellow breasted black eyed something 😉

The redhead

The bird life was spectaular. Every bush seemed to be covered in them. It was so great to see an abundance of life. In Bolivia we kept noticing the lack of wildlife so it was really great to see so much activity.

Marsh deer

We were luckily to see a wild pig and 2 marsh deers. The wild pig was frolicking in the mud and it looked like it was having a lovely time. The two marsh deers were filling their bellies while grazing. So beautiful to watch.
These wetlands are known to have the richest fauna in the whole of Argentina. What a way to be getting to an end of this adventure…

The Ibera Wetlands

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8 thoughts on “Ibera wetlands: And we thought it was all tar on the last stretch…..

  1. Alex Cluver

    I love ibera! We spent three days here in a gorgeous estancia.

  2. David Cluver

    Spectacular!

  3. Trevor

    Hi Andy and Cat

    Once again you have taken us on another South American adventure. Your descriptions makes us as if we are there.I know you are nearing the end but I hope you savor the last bit of this amazing trip.

    All the best

    Trevor, Bron and Kaiden

    • Andrew

      Great to hear from you!
      We are back in Buenos Aires, the bike is packed and wrapped and all 3 of us fly home on Friday!
      Just chilling in BA!

  4. gustavo

    I’M GLAD TO SEE YOU WELL! THE YELLOW BIRD IN THE BIG PHOTO IS CALLED “BENTEVEO” “BICHO FEO” FOR US, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT SEEMS TO REPEAT MANY TIMES IN IT’S SONG, AND YOU CAN FIND IT ALL OVER OUR SUB TROPICAL ZONES. EVEN IN BUENOS AIRES CITY. THE OTHER ONE IS A “CARDENAL” AN IT’S SONG IS VERY SWEET.

  5. Richard

    Hey Andy it sounds fantastic!

    • Andrew

      Hey boet, thanks, we are coming home! Back in cape town end of the month!

  6. Deborah Morrison

    Amazing! What great wild life. Hope you are both well and enjoying BA xoxo

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