Argentina is of course the land of the gauchos, and with the rural feel of this area a trip on horseback is a must. Everyone here prefers horses to cars anyway, and you can see tiny kids riding huge horses at full gallop. They probably learn to ride before they can even walk. On horseback you can go to areas not accessible by boat or car ... seeing...more
The largest deer in South America can be found living on the floating islands in Ibera. In other places they are usually nocturnal, but in Ibera they can be quite readily seen during daylight, grazing on their floating island looking curiously at the human visitors with their huge ears vigilantly pricked.more
Saying I saw an enormous rat is not going to happen anymore after I met the capybaras - giant rodents, the largest in the world. They can weigh up to 60 kg and are quite impressive and fat! They lead a semi-aquatic life and can be seen swimming around, looking for fresh grass to graze on - just like miniature cows. They are very common in the Ibera...more
Birds are literally everywhere here, and one of the major attractions, a paradise for twitchers. They usually allow you to approach relatively close, so they are great for photographing. You can see anything from hummingbirds to caracaras as well as herons and the largest bird in the area - the rare Jabiru.more
If you don't like reptiles, and in particular crocodiles, then a visit to Ibera is not for you. Caimans are just swarming the place and they are literally scattered around everywhere trying to soak up every available ray of sun. What really surprised me is that when I was there - midwinter - it was really cold. I mean cold enough that there is...more
Of course if you have to do just one thing in Ibera - explore the spectacular wetlands and it's inhabitants by boat, preferably with a knowledgeable guide as when you go further afield the place becomes a maze of waterways. You are virtually guaranteed to see caimans, capybaras and birds quite close. Boat tours are organized by all accomodations in...more
You have to pass over the bridge in order to get into Colonia Pellegrini from Mercedes - but there is more to it than that. The locals, not having much places where to hang out (I only saw one bar) use this bridge as a meeting place. The young people use it to meet and go strolling with their dates. Visiting there in the evenings not only gives you...more
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is a small, dusty rural town with friendly people. The roads are full of horses and cows rather than cars. There is not much going on here - this place hasn't really geared up for tourism, but it is best that way to get an insight into rural life in Argentina. People here are still so set in their traditional ways that...more
Getting here is quite tricky ... the first thing you have to do is either get to Posadas or to Mercedes. The cheapest option is from Mercedes where there are mini-buses that will take you to Colonia Carlos pellegrini at around noon every day. Ask around at the bus station for information. If you are at least 4 people and stuck in Mercedes already at 6am after the bus ride from Buenos Aires then ask around at the bus station for anyone willing to take you to Colonia Pellegrini. It is more expensive then the mini bus, but much better than 6 hours stuck with a heavy backpack after a night bus.
There is no reliable transport I heard of that goes from Colonia Pellegrini to Posadas. The only option is private taxi which is quite expensive as the trip can last anything between 2 and 7 hours, but basically there is no choice. Ask the place you are staying to arrange this - and try to find some people heading the same way to share the costs.
Contrary to what information (or lack of it) you may be given in Buenos Aires and on the internet, it is perfectly possible to get a bus in Posadas to continue to Iguazu at any time of the day before 7pm.
We got a tip to visit this cemetary from an Argentinian lady who had just moved to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. Such a place is not usually mentioned in guide books but I believe it is worth a visit if you have enough time. It is one of the quirkiest cemetaries I have ever seen. The first thing that strikes you is that it is so colourful. We learned that the dead are buried in shrines that bear the colour of their political affiliations. The little shrines are also adorned with unique decorations - some even built from what seemed to be bathroom tiles!