Attention wildlife lovers! If it isn’t already on your radar, you need to add Ibera to your travel bucket list. We recently published a blog post detailing why 2017 is the year to visit Ibera (you can check it out here) and the diverse list of wildlife that call the wetlands home was on the top reasons why.
In Ibera, visitors have the opportunity to come face-to-face with more than 60 types of animals including caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anacondas, greater rheas and over 350 species of birds. As you can imagine, Argentina wildlife is bursting at the seams with hundreds of unique species just waiting to be discovered. Take a look below at some our favorite Instagram photos showing the wildlife you will discover in Ibera!
Gator sightings are common in the Ibera Wetlands, so have caution and keep your eyes peeled for these green guys.
Darwin’s rhea, also known as the lesser rhea, is a large flightless bird, but the smaller of the two extant species of rheas and can be found in the Altiplano and Patagonia in South America.
Capybaras are semi-aquatic, which means that while they live on land, they spend a lot of time in the water, hanging out near swamps, rivers, and ponds. They’re also the largest rodents on earth!
Wild horses can also be found throughout the Ibera Wetlands, running free or hanging out with their herd.
The photo above features a Savannah hawk just before taking off. These hawks are just one of the 350 different species flying around Ibera!
Visitors will also grow accustomed to crossing paths with wild deer during their stay.
You can also spot foxes hiding out from the wilderness trying to catch a glimpse of humans as they explore the wetlands.
Prepare to also meet a couple of wildcats during a visit. You can find lots of big cats wandering around Ibera, including jaguars and leopards.
Don’t forget about these fluffy guys! Goats and sheep also roam Ibera as well as being herded in estancias.
Make sure to look up every once and a while…you never know who you may spot up in the trees, swinging from limb to limb!