Guiraga Nature Reserve

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Flag of Argentina  , Litoral,
Saturday, February 12, 2011


Everyone was excited to get to Iguazu Falls as it was one of the things we had all really wanted to do.... After the bus ride we got a taxi to a hostel we had been told about called Hostel Inn... this was a massive hostel that had a big swimmingpool and looked more like a hotel than a hostel... Like most times after a long journey we all felt like having a few drinks and chilling out, we decided we would go to Iguazu Falls in the morning... this time a few drinks ended up with a big party and everyone getting in the pool!! Probably not the best idea missing a load of people with cheap cocktails and a pool.... The next thing I remember is Tom shouting me from the side of the pool and saying ´look no hands´ and he jumped head first into the pool!! Knowing unlucky Alf´s string of luck I expected the worst... Tom surfaced with a big split on his head with blood everywhere... oh dear!!

The next morning Tom was not feeling too good from his head injury so we decided not to go to Iguazu Falls til the day after... Tom was nursing his injury in bed so me and Ash decided to visit a nature reserve about 15 minute walk up the road...

The reserve was only small and after a short truck ride we began the trip.... we were the only engilsh people there but the guide was really nice and would explain as best she could in english after every explanation she gave about the animals...

The trail went through the forrest but seemed strange seeing the cages everywhere as we had done the real jungle adventure in Peru. The good thing was almost all the animals had been rescued and the reserve seemed like they had the best interest for the animals and not the tourist...

We saw a number of animals, birds and reptiles including:

Spot Billed Toucans

The worlds largest Partridge

Red and Yellow Macaws

Monk Parakeet
(the guide told us how they are caught in the wild and painted to make them look rare and sell for more money!! the one we saw had been painted, so sad)

Yacupoi
(very rare birds - breeding pair that produced 12 chicks in their first year which the reserve were really proud of)

Black Vulture
(this was one of the most bizarre stories we had heard - this particular vulture had actually been arrested by the police and had spent three nights in jail. The bird had was being a menace in the local village and kept destroying clothes from peoples washing lines!! - the reserve had heard about this on the local news and bailed him out of jail and now he lives there)

Crab Catching Racoon
(This was someones pet but when the owner had a baby the racoon became aggressive towards the baby so they called the reserve - as name suggest it only eats crabs, and is nocternal)

Brown Cappuchin Monkies

Howler Monkey

Plubeous Kite

White nosed Coati

Maraguay Cat

Collered Forest Falcon
(this bird had the bottom part of its jaw/beak missing as it had been shot off by a hunte - it had to be hand fed everyday as it could not feed itself)

Snapping Turtle

Black Hawk Eagles

Pereguine Falcon
(my favourite)

Barn Owls

Burrowing Owl
(we had seen one of these in the wild - quite rare)

Cayman

Rocket Deer

Anteater
(It was in a tree when we approached and then climbed down to greet us - probably thought we had food)
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