Ecotourism in the Ibera Marshes

Ibera Flora and Fauna


Yacare: The Yacare is a reptile which belongs to caimans’ family, different from crocodiles’ family for having the fourth lower tooth hidden under the upper jaw; for wider skull and nasal openings separated by a partition (in the crocodile are merged).

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Carpincho: Also named Capivara (from Guarani language). It is the large strodent of the world, it can exceed 70 kgs.

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Marsh Deer: Is the largest anima in Ibera, exceeding 100 kilograms. It was named Provincial Natural Monument of Corrientes dueto its delicate conservation situation at national and international level as a result of the conversión or destruction of hábitat and sport hunting for antlers.

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Howler Monkey: Also called Caraya in Guarani language. Its name comes from the strong roar that they make aerly in the morning and at dusk in order to mark territory and it can be Heard several kilometers away. There is a clear difference between males (black and big) and females/youngs (yellow).

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Boa: Better known by the name of  Yellow Anaconda. It is the largest snake in Argentina, with a record of 7 meters. But due to intense hunting, it is difficult to find specimens exceeding 3 meters.

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Ibera Flora

Water Poppy (Hydrocleys nymphoides): Aquatic plant that grows in shallow coasts nears wamps, taking part of thefirst line of advance of vegetationonthewatersurface. It has a roundedleaf of 15-20 cms in diameter, and rootstothebottom of up to 1,2 mtrapprox. Itsbrightyellowflower opens at mid-morning, followingthesununtiltheevening, whenitcloses again.

Waterhyancinth (Eichhornia spp): Aquatic plant that floats free lyon the water because it has a kind of air sacs. It grows quickly, so in some places it has become invasive. Its flower, a very pretty violet colour, make sit a ornamental plant in garden pools. It roots are the basis of what will be embalsados (floating island) later.

White Orchid (Brassavola tuberculata): Epifit plant, it means that lives on other plants without being a parasit. That helps it to get more sunlight (essencial for photosynthesis) in the forest where solar rays are scarse and plants compite for them. Like many orchids , its flowers are very beautiful and last for many weeks in january and febrary. Unfortunately this causes that people take away the orchids from their natural habitat to cultivating in gardens

Caraguatá (Bromelia balansae): Ground plant, pine apple family (Bromeliaceae). Usually found growing in group in we tareas of the forest, makin git very difficult o walk because their leaves haves harp points and hooks. When blooming time aproaches in late spring and early summer, its leaves in the center turn in to a deep red color, and it gets a beautiful white and pink flower, which lasts a few days, but it attracts a large number of butterflies. Its fruits are edible.