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Esteros de Ibera

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After having followed the gringo route for a while we decided to go off the beaten path to a animal reserve called Esteros de Ibera. Basically its a water reserve in the middle of nowhere. The extra cool thing is that you stay in a little village which is actually on an peninsula in the middle of the reserve.
Unfortunately every time you leave the beaten path everything becomes very difficult. To get there was a mess, we had to take three busses. Actually the first bus was a VIP cama bus and we got champane and a hot meal etc. which was pretty classy. However, the last 80km was on a dirtroad so bad that it took 4 hours and the bus had to stop and see if any pieces of the bus had fallen off once in a while. Also, our creditcard did not work in the machine in the village before Esteros, and the banks close at midday (must be pretty good to work in a bank there). Since we did not want to wait one more day (only one bus per day), we decided to take a risk and leave with way too little money in hope that we would be able to hitch hike north later on.

It also meant that we had to bargain on everything. Laura managed to bargain down the room price, which in this place is pretty much unheard of. We also managed to bargain down a boattrip in the reserve. However, we also had to make it out of the wilderness going north somehow where we could reach a city with a bank and take out money. We quickly found out that hitchhiking was out of the question. Only special 4x4 jeeps could drive the so called road going north and traffic other than these special jeeps used to sometimes transport tourist, was none existing. We spent the evening trying to find someone who would drive us north cheap and we managed to gather a group of backpackers and managed to get a quite low price, however, we were missing 40 Argentinos or 8 Euro to be able to make it. Extremly frustrating as we now had to go back the whole way that we came from.

Anyway even though all trouble we were happy that we went here. The boat trip was amazing. We were hoping to get a glimpse of the caimans, but in the end we were nearly touching them. Our guide managed to simply turn the engine off and slide up really close. We even got to see a bunch of baby caimans. In addition to the boat trip we rushed off to walk some of the trails in the area. We got to see some howler monkeys close up. And we also run into some gigant hamsters that were grazing peacefully on a garden...untill Laura came and chased them that is.

A calf stood outside our room when we got up in the morning...so cute

A calf stood outside our room when we got up in the morning...so cute

View from our room....

View from our room....

Caiman island

Caiman island

I played arga leken with this one

I played arga leken with this one

We could easily have touched the caimans...not sure if it would have been a good idea, but...

We could easily have touched the caimans...not sure if it would have been a good idea, but...

This was way close then it looks...

This was way close then it looks...

Baby caiman going for a swim

Baby caiman going for a swim

Some baby caimans basking in the sun

Some baby caimans basking in the sun


Henrik chilling with the worlds largest rodent

Henrik chilling with the worlds largest rodent

Laura chasing another poor animal...in the end she got told off by someone...apparently they bite

Laura chasing another poor animal...in the end she got told off by someone...apparently they bite

Monkey silhouette

Monkey silhouette

We saw some wild howler monkeys...

We saw some wild howler monkeys...

Posted by hmontonen 20:35 Archived in Argentina

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