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goodbye esteros!

Posted by
Ryan (Vancouver, Canada) on 1 February 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Well, we've done our time - boat ride, horse ride, foot ride - and it's time to head out that Paraguay way. It's been great being here, though - the serenity of the place (the town we were in was only 600 people), the plant and animal life, the feeling of something much, much bigger than you surrounding you.

One amazing feature I forgot to mention is the embalsados, or floating islands, found here throughout the marsh. They were formed by water hyacinths growing, then being flipped on to each other by the wind, rotting and forming a base for other things to grow on. They vary from 1-4 metres thick and are home for a lot of animals. There are a couple of species of plants and trees that only grow on the islands. Walking on them is a special feeling - it's like walking on a sponge, and you can feel the ripples if someone jumps.

Oh, and it's entirely rain-fed. I think it's the only one of its size and nature in the world that is like that. That's all!