Antarctic Adventure #19 -BA to Iguassu, Falls, 31 Dec 2019
Woke to a beautiful sunny day in Buenos Aires. Another early morning, we had to have our luggage out of the room by 8:20am, but we elected to leave our bags at the hotel & just take some carry on for our 2 nights in Iguassu Falls.
We drove straight across the border into Brazil so we could explore that side before dinner tonight. It's a short trip, only 2 nights here. Can't waste anytime! Took a while to get through immigration to leave Argentina & then to pass into Brazil. We never even had to get out of the bus - Romera did it all for us. We were grabbing a snack at the Brazilian Iguassu Falls National Park Visitor's center by 4pm! I immediately got to start my Iguassu bird list with this pretty guy. Still trying to ID him. Ruth, one of the group sent me an email after we got back that identified him as a Cattle Tyrant, apparently a common bird in the area.
We immediately saw a troop of monkeys showing off their skills in the trees above us. Such an awesome backdrop!!!
My personal favorite bird guide pointed out a Plush Crested Jay and a Chestnut-eared Aracari (type of Toucan). I loaded my pictures & then so that you can really see how beautiful the birds are, I loaded pictures form Wikipedia!!!!
Continuing along the boardwalk, we saw more monkeys, a White Tailed Kite, and Michele picked up a dead tarantula!!! The views of the falls were a continuous backdrop.
There were Turkey Vultures circling overhead & the vegetation was lush with all sorts of unusual blooms & leaves. The Argentine Tegu Lizard was also on the path with us. Various sizes, most at least a foot long.
We started to see the Coatimundis (they are curious creatures & caused quite a stir when they started investigating a young Asian girl's backpack!!)
After a rather rushed visit to the Brazilian side of the falls, we were bussed back to Argentina & delivered to the Panoramic Grand Hotel in Misiones. It was a beautiful hotel & our room was very nice. We had a lovely dinner & then a New Year's Eve Cocktail party with the hotel guests & our OAT staff.