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Making a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Despite Mike’s insistence that Iguazu falls resembled Jurassic Park, we didn’t see any dinosaurs. We did, however, see some pretty awesome wild animals just roaming around the park.
We spotted these little rodents sneaking around. They are called “agouti” and they look like a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel. Supposedly, there are also Capybaras in the park, but we weren’t lucky enough to spot one. They are the largest rodents in the world and can grow up to 140 lbs.

There were also coatis, which looked similar to a racoon, but are diurnal.
DSC00086We first saw them poking their little snouts under the leaves and dirt to root around for food. They are also smart enough to hang out around the park benches where the tourists sit.
DSC00121While Mike and I were distracted adjusting his camera, another tourist walked by us with a plastic bag. The coati growled, and jumped for the bag, hungry for food, as the tourist swung his bag towards Mike’s arm. Luckily, no one got bit, but these critters are not to be messed with.

There are also tons of beautiful birds. These blue and cream-yellow birds were not shy, and one jumped and perched itself right on Mike’s shoulder.
DSC00603Needless to say, he was not excited about communing closely with nature after our coati experience.

At the end of our last days, we were relaxing in our hotel room when Mike saw some bright colors flashing from a tree top nearby. There was one toucan, who was soon followed by the rest of his family, and we counted at least six birds in the tree at one point. Later on we spotted this creepy looking vulture just hanging out. Pretty amazing stuff.