We spent 2 1/2 days camped in the Esteros del Ibera. I am ashamed to admit that the Ibera, as I will call it for short, is the 2nd largest wetland in the world, with an area larger than New Jersey. And I had never heard of it.
While Ibera is listed in the Lonely Planet guide, it is not exactly highlighted. And, it is somewhat challenging to get to. But, for those planning a trip to Argentina, I would highly recommend it. The Ibera is gorgeous and parts of it are easily accessible, the town (the only town really) next to it, Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, is very quaint, and the campground is a little jewel.
We took a 2 hour boat trip on Tuesday morning, Oct 18th, and hiked the well done trails on Wednesday. The boat ride took place is a small motorboat containing 2 Argentinians, 2 Germans, 1 Norwegian and his US girl friend, 1 Dutch, and then Karen and I.
Our guide spoke no English, but did an excellent job of motoring out to the floating vegetation islands, and then quietly paddling the boat around while pointing out wild life.
And birds all over the place. And capybaras all over the place.
And often, the animals posed just as if they were in a Disney movie.
And pajaros – birds – of so many different species.
We ended up the day by having a dinner party with our new friends Carsten and Bettina from Germany, and Frans from Holland. Meat was sauted. Veggies and potatoes were cooked. Quilmes cerveza and Argentinian wine were consumed. Hardly a gourmet meal, but what a great dinner.
PS. For those who are paying attention, the word naps appears in the title. While I, Henrik, have always been a lover of naps, Karen traditionally viewed naps with a certain disdain. Pero. Now that we are in Argentina, and in the northern parts, the weather is warm, and everything truly does shut down between noon and 4.00 pm; meaning there is little else to do during the afternoon than nap. And while Karen is not yet in Katrine’s league – 3.5 hr power naps – she’s getting there…