Province of Corrientes
This national parks has its origin in
a donation by Dr. Troels M. Pedersen who gave his estancia to the National
Parks Administration. The 15,060 ha are in the NW of the province of Corrientes,
on the northern shores of the system of marshes of the Iberá system.
The park is large enough to
contain representative samples of the major habitats of that part of the
province, all in an exceptionally good state of conservation, providing
thus habitat for the varied fauna of the area. Here there is a remarkably
varied Biodiversity due to the fact that three major biomes are present:
the chaco, espinal and paranaense rainforests.
The eastern reaches of the chaco are here represented by a mosaic of forest
patches, palm groves, grassland and marshes. The two most characteristic
trees are the two quebrachos (red and white), urunday and viraró.
In the lower land Prosopis alagarrobo trees grow with Celtis and Copernicia,
The paranaense rainforest here is represented by patches of alecrín,
pindó palms, the giant cane (Guadua angustifolia) and laurels.
The espinal is represented by dry woods, Syagrus Yatay palm groves, grassland
steppe and shallow marsh.
Amongst the endangered fauna one can find the manned wolf, the paraná
otter and the two species of cayman - latirostris and yacare. Howler monkeys
are common in the forests and even around the headquarters - the old estancia
In the Santa Lucía marshes on the southern border of the park there
is a varied fauna of fish species with the dorado, giant surubí
catfish, Loricaria armoured catfish and others.
HOW TO GET
The road through
the park is the east-west route 84 which joins the localities of Palma
Grande and Mburucuyá. The park is some 150 km from the city of
Corrientes and access from here is along routes 12, 17 and 13 to Mburucuyá.
TO THE VISITOR
There is an area
for rough camping. A nature trail leaves from nearby, the Yatay trail
through different habitats in the park - woods, palm groves, grassland
Thanks to APN - Administración
de Parques Nacionales