Introducing Parque Nacional Mburucuyá
Well off the beaten track, this national park (
The land was donated by Danish botanist Troels Pedersen, whose work in the area identified around 1300 species of plants, including some previously undiscovered. The park holds three natural regions: the Chaco, characterized by palm, carob and quebracho forests, pastures and riverine estuaries; the Paraná Forest, with magote islands, pindó palms and tacuarazú cane; and the Spinal Zone, with its xeróphilo forests, yatay palms and grasslands. There is an abundance of fauna: 150 species of birds have been spotted, as well as capybaras, caimans, foxes, swamp deer and the near-extinct maned wolf.
At present there are only two walking trails within the park. The Sendero Yatay passes through 2.5km of forests and grassland dotted with yatay palms to a lookout point on the Estero Santa Lucía. The Sendero Aguará Popé has explanatory signs along its 1.2km length as it winds through a variety of environments and crosses a small creek where caimans are often spotted.
The visitor center (