Our accommodation at Posadas de Laguna, Ibera Wetlands.
Arrived in Mercedes at about 7.30am after a very long and uncomfortable bus trip, then got on a 4WD truck for another 3 1/2 hours to our posada in the Ibera wetlands. Arrived at Posadas
de Laguna to welcoming coffee, cake and pastries and were then taken to our absolutely gorgeous rooms - tiled floors, big beds with lovely linen, windows looking out over the lake. Couldn´t ask for more and very surprised to get this on a GAP tour! All meals are included here and are restaurant quality, the owners obviously know what they are doing and the place is fantastic. We were taken on a boat trip onto the lagoon in the afternoon, after a short walk on the Monkey Pathway to see if we could spot howler monkeys.
Heading out exploring onto the lake, Ibera Wetlands.
We did, but apparently they´re not howling at the moment because it´s not mating season. Also say plenty of carpincho (capybara) and vultures. Once we got out on the water, there were caiman in abundance - often hard to spot because they just look like floating logs and don´t move at all (unless the boat got too close and spooked them). The island parts of the lake also allowed us to see deer and various varities of birdlife. Had a siesta in our luxurious bed when we got back in the afternoon, and then went over to dinner at 8pm. Once again, the meal was top quality and presented by uniformed waitresses in a lovely area with an open fire - we feel like we´re on a 5 star trip rather than a backpacker one!
Woke up to thick fog this morning, so our boat trip this morning was slightly amended.
Lots of birdlife, and lucky to see one (can´t remember the name!) with its chicks.
We went to the Wetlands Information Centre first to watch a video about the habitat and wildlife, but as their power had gone out we went looking for howler monkeys again! Didn´t see any, but more vultures and carpincho. The video (in English) was very informative, telling us all about the Wetlands and its inhabitants, showing us a day in the life of the area. Got back into the boat to see what we could find through the fog, a little of which had lifted by now. Saw more caiman, deer etc., but also a river otter and a couple of jabiru - this is the same bird of the same name we have in Australia, although I thought it was an Australian Aboriginal name, apparently not! Got back to another delicious lunch, a siesta, and then a terrific evening with the group talking and drinking wine and gin & tonic - what a life!