20th Jul 2012
Carlos Pelligrini to Buenos Aires
Hola! The drive to Carlos Pelligrini from San Ignacio was interesting to say the least as the majority was on a dirt road - and the grader was working on it as well. There were a couple of times when I thought we would have to get the shovels out but Martin our driver did a good job as we arrived at the small community of Carlos Pelligrini about 3pm. Our accommodation for two nights was great - a lodge type place with a big open fire we could all sit around and enjoy the ambience!! The area we were in is a large wetland area with a lagoon - The Ibera Wetlands - and we went to the visitor centre and saw a video about the ecological balance it maintains before a short walk to view the animal and bird life. We saw capybara - the largest of the rodent family - a family of howler monkeys in the tree tops, marsh deer, a fox, rheas, caymen, two snakes and numerous bird species. The next morning we went on a boat trip on the lagoon and viewed all of the above wildlife (except the fox) but in greater numbers! It was pretty awesome actually as when the boat had its motor turned off it was very quiet and peaceful. Brian had a bad cough so stayed at the lodge but was OK to come out again in the afternoon in the boat to another area of the lake. More of the same to the point we stopped taking pictures of the caymen and capybara they were so numerous. All our meals were included and were very nice as they were so different from what we had been eating at restaurants along the way. We were treated to a nice lie in the day we left as we didn't leave til after lunch as the drive to Mercedes was only about 3 hours! We visited the site of the memorial to Gauchito Antomio Gil - a famous gaucho in Argentina back in the late 1800's - and Argentinians come and pay homage to him and leave gifts for him as they believe he brings them luck! Had a great steak meal in one of the few restaurants open in Mercedes then off to bed as we had a 7 am departure for Buenos Aires this morning! We arrived at the hotel about 6.15 after a long day but playing cards helps pass the time! Barring anything major happening we will have our last meal together tonight, do a bit of last minute shopping in the morning and head out to the airport for our 6pm flight to Sanitago then on to Auckland and finally HOME after just over three months of travelling! I am looking forward to getting home now and sleeping in my own bed although overall it has been a fantastic experience and one I could thoroughly recommend! This will probably be our last entry so I hope we haven't bored you all senseless - sometimes it was difficult to write an entry after a few days travelling and the wifi coverage was limited and sometimes frustrating but there are still a lot of stories to convey to you all when we get back ..... Thanks for listening amigos!!
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