Diversity is one of the qualities that best describes this South American country. Immense and with a heterogeneity that extends to all its borders: from its landscapes, cuisine, and vegetation to its climates and ecosystems. And of course, the phenomenal wildlife that inhabits the four corners of this country is no exception. Here, we will give you a glimpse of the natural havens that Argentina offers and the surprising animals that live there.
This region, found in the north of the Misiones province, offers a surreal environment to explore and the jewel in its crown is Iguazú National Park. Apart from being home to the famous waterfalls, it houses one of the largest areas of biodiversity in Argentina. The fauna is mostly composed of capuchins, coatis, toucans, butterflies, lizards and animals in danger of extinction like the jaguar, tapir, ocelot, parakeet, anteater, mountain turkeys such as the black-fronted piping guan, wild eagles and the broad-snouted caiman, among many others.
Butterflies can be seen on the trails and equally so can lizards, especially at midday. The large toucan, one of the most famous, measures about 22 inches and can be distinguished by its gigantic orange beak, which stands out against its black and white body. It usually appears late in the day near the park’s walkways (the facilities close at 6pm), much like the coatis. The toucan can usually be seen at any time of the year, being the species that is best adapted to this environment.
In Iguazú National Park you can find, besides the large toucan, four other major bird species: magpies, southern lapwings, parrots and swifts. Although there are generally around 450 species in the park, the emblem bird is the waterfall swift, which is usually seen darting around the rocky walls and impressive waterfalls. One thing to keep in mind is that the five species can only be seen in Misiones.