If interested in nature, animals, walking or camping in Argentina, a visit to the Parque Nacional El Palmar is definitely worth considering.
The park is basically an 8,500 hectare national park. Before the advent of agriculture, ranching and farming much of this area of Argentina was covered by the yatay palm. The Parque Nacional El Palmar gives us a glimpse of this time as it is covered by the yatay palm. The development of the yatay has greatly improved since the national park was established in 1966.
Located some 360 km north of Buenos Aires and halfway between the cities of Colón and Concordia, the park offers visitors access to some fantastic natural wildlife. Visitors can watch the animals, walk the water courses and hear the croaks of the massive toads while camping at night at Arroyo Los Loros.
What to do at the Parque Nacional El Palmar?
Animal wise, there are lots to see. Perhaps the most well know is the carpincho, the world’s largest rodent, weighing up to 60 kg! The vizcacha (a relative of the chinchilla) are the most conspicuous mammals. As well as bora, foxes, raccoons, cormorants, egrets, herons, storks, caracaras, kingfishers, parakeets, and woodpeckers there is also the highly venomous yarará to watch out for! It is a pit viper that reaches up to two metre in length.
If it is swimming you are after then ear the Los Loros campground the beaches along the Río Uruguay are popular with bathers and boaters. If you fancy a hike or cycle then head for the Paseo Arroyo los Loros.
The park’s Centro de Interpretacion near the camping ground has an evening slide show and also has a small reptile house.
Getting to the Parque Nacional El Palmar?
To get to the Parque Nacional El Palmar take any northward bound bus out of Buenos Aires to Concordia which will drop you off at the entrance of the national park.