Sunday, 19 December 2010

Destinations: Nahuel Huapi National Park - Argentina

This National Park is located in Neuquen Province, Patagonia, Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes. It covers over 7000 km2 of scenic forests, rivers and lakes and is very good walking and hiking country. Much of the park is covered in stands of southern beech (Lenga) which are typically draped in moss. Andean Condors can be seen overhead and a host of birds, including Magellanic Woodpeckers, in the forests. The city of San Carlos de Bariloche is the gateway to the park.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Destinations: Iguazu National Park - Argentina

This National Park is located in the very north-east of Argentina in the province of Misiones which lies right on the border with Brazil. The centre-piece is the series of spectacular waterfalls. These must be seen though in peak times the approaches and board-walk can be crowded with visitors. To see the rich diversity of wildlife, especially birds and butterflies, one should head off to other parts of the park. Parts of the sub-tropical Parana rainforest, often with bamboo, bromelias and ferns, are fairly easy to work via well-marked trails. Mammals include giant river otter, tapir, ant-eaters, aguti, white-faced capuchin monkeys and, though rare and hard to find, jaguar.