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Yacutinga Lodge

Misiones Forest, Iguazu River, Argentina

A jungle lodge immersed in subtropical rainforest near the Iguazú Falls, combining adventure, conservation and insight

Some 30 miles above the spectacular Iguazú Falls, where the river flows lazily through virgin rainforest, Yacutinga Lodge offers a unique experience. Sleep in a cosy, rustic cabin deep in the jungle, and awake to cacophonous birdsong in the canopy high above. Follow spiralling lianas through layers of fecund plant life, spot toucans and orchids in the trees, and walk on red-earth paths strewn with a confetti of blossom. Around you flutters a spectacular array of butterflies, and howler monkeys call overhead.

Excellent bilingual guides and local Guaraní tribesmen help make sense of this magnificent chaos, combining scientific expertise with ancient insights into hunting, fishing and medicinal plants. Take the wondrous boat trip down river: find caimans, plant a tree, and spot birds from the treetop platform. At dusk, sit round the fire with a beer, before tucking into a delicious organic dinner lit by torches. Yacutinga Lodge is a magical complement to the Iguazú Falls.


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Highs

  • This is adventure made comfy: hot showers, "natural" air-con, wood-burning stoves, even a swimming pool
  • Superb food, mostly vegetarian, made using local and organic ingredients
  • A rare chance to see the Guaraní people, whose fragile culture is disappearing; owner Charlie and his wife Micki support local schools and projects
  • The resident biologists have amazing knowledge of the 400 bird, 500 butterfly and 2,000 plant species in Argentina's only subtropical forest
  • Just getting there is an adventure: a 2-hour van ride from Puerto Iguazú into the jungle bordering Paraguay and Brazil, followed by a 4x4 truck for the last 15km (30 minutes) to the lodge

Lows

  • Bear in mind the 3-day package is quite busy, though you can opt out of parts, or stay for longer if you want
  • You can't visit the Iguazú Falls directly from here; allow an additional night or two in Puerto Iguazú or around to visit them
  • It's not a luxury hotel - quite deliberately - so be prepared to get wet and muddy (and then clean and dry afterwards)
  • You need to be mobile and reasonably fit for the walks and boat rides
  • It might look expensive, but it includes all food and drinks, superb guided walks and activities which you just couldn't experience anywhere else in Argentina

This is the ultimate jungle experience...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailYacutinga LodgeSome 30 miles above the spectacular Iguaz˙ Falls, where the river flows lazily through virgin rainforest, Yacutinga Lodge offers a unique experience. Sleep in a cosy, rustic [r:AR027:cabin] deep in the jungle, and awake to cacophonous birdsong in the canopy high above. Follow spiralling lianas through layers of fecund plant life, spot toucans and orchids in the trees, and walk on red-earth paths strewn with a confetti of blossom. Around you flutters a spectacular array of butterflies, and howler monkeys call overhead. Excellent bilingual guides and local GuaranÝ tribesmen help make sense of this magnificent chaos, combining scientific expertise with ancient insights into hunting, fishing and medicinal plants. Take the wondrous boat trip down river: find caimans, plant a tree, and spot birds from the treetop platform. At dusk, sit round the fire with a beer, before tucking into a delicious organic dinner lit by torches. Yacutinga Lodge is a magical complement to the Iguaz˙ Falls.

Book this hotelfrom 510USD

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