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Deep into the Misiones Jungle

This month come and join us to penetrate deep into the Misiones Jungle and stay at the Moconá Lodge where peace is in perfect harmony with nature.


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The access route into the Saltos de Moconá was still a dirt road. To get to this place was a big challenge that not many people dared to face, but the Moconá Refuge was already a witness to many feats and adventures. This was one of the first undertakings in the Moconá region. Adventurers ,naturalists,guests,neighbours,friends and friends of those friends have dared into this area, who were looking for unforgettable experiences in a unique environment such as the Misiones Jungle.

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Moconá Lodge is in the Moconá Refuge, a private reserve with an area of 8000 hectares dedicated to the conservation of the jungle, where 60 hectares are used for touristic purposes. This lodge is located in the heart of the Yabotí Biosphere within a subtropical ecosystem. The days at the Moconá Lodge go by among pathways,waterfalls, indigenous forests,the chirping of birds,natural lookouts,activities full of adventure,old legends that beat to the rhythm of the ripples of the Uruguay River where nature reigns supreme.

The lodge has 14 bedrooms with 28 square meters each with a view to the jungle and to the Yabotí Stream. The rooms are comfortable and integrated,where nature and resting become one.

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Every room has a 15 squere meters deck where you can appreciate the flora,the fauna and the Yabotí Stream. Although we disconnect ourselves at the Moconá  Lodge we can get connected to internet. You also have air-condioning,safety box,big sommires and excellent amenities.

As well as the lodging, you´ll also enjoy a good gastronomy with different regional dishes cooked by our Chef using fresh ingredients from our organic orchard.

The breakfast is a buffet with many different freshly squeezed juices,fruits,cereals,dairy products,coffe,tea,breads and all kinds of home-made jellies.

Other good dishes are the activities you can make with an additional cost from the Lodge such as:

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Water excursion: you´ll ride on rubber-boats from the Moconá Refuge pier located on the Yabotí Stream.

deep-into-the-misiones-jungleZip-line and rappel: this circuit combines zip-line high up in the trees,dry rappel,rappel over the Horacio Waterfall and zip-line in the middle of the jungle. We´ll penetrate deep into the jungle in a different way. We´ll live the experience of zip-linig above the tree tops along 250 meters going through the Oveja Negra riberbed and over the famous Horacio Waterfall. We also tested our adrenaline rappeling over the  Horacio Waterfall canyon next to the 20 meters high crystal clear waterfall.

Water trips to the Moconá Waterfalls: we´ll sail along 10kms on the Yabotí Stream and the Uruguay River where you´ll get to experience the jungle in its wildest state,the quietness of the Yabotí Stream and the Moconá Waterfalls.

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Interpretive Pathways tours: we´ll disclose the secrets of the jungle along water- rutted pathways spanned by a hanging bridge and the Horacio waterfall. The Oveja Negra(black sheep) pathway in the Moconá Refuge is 2000 meters long and of low impact. During our trips we have been discovering the secrets of the jungle that make it easier to understand the dynamics and the interactions that coexist among the different flora and fauna especies in this kind of ecosystem.

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The walking tour takes one and a half hour and is a good way of relaxing and connecting with nature.

High performance trekking: the most demanding people like us challenge tracks longer than 5kms in the jungle.,where we´ll find the vantage point over the “Arroyo Yabotí”(Yabotí Stream). This challenge has as location the Bella Vista pathway which is 5000 meters long and of medium and high impact.

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Kayak: The best way of experiencing this special connection with the Arroyo Yabotí is riding the “sit on the top kayaks” sailing the waters up to the mouth of the Uruguay River.

During this trip we´ll make a stop for pictures at the Tripartito lookout. The Arroyo Yabotí is one of the most impressive waterways in the Biosphere Reserve.

The water is calm and shallow. This trip lasts around 2 hours.

Excursions on 4WD: To come to a close we visited the Yabotí Biosphere on 4WD vehicles. We rode along roads sprinkled with old saw-mills and timber-yards where the views are strikingly beautiful. All along the way our local tour guides will be with us. We ride through unexplored streams and hills


 FACT SHEET

ACCOMMODATION INCLUDES:

*Breakfast.

ACTIVITIES

*Activities are subject to climate change and variability in tides of rivers and streams

*Disabled people,pregnant women,people with heart conditions and hypertensive people won´t be able to make activities that require physical demand

*All activities are coordinated by professionals

*Children will pay 100% of the cost of any activity regardless of their age

Bariloche hiking and kayaking Discovery

We invite you to be a part of “Bariloche hiking and kayaking Discovery”. San Carlos de Bariloche is one of our chosen destinations, known  as the Switzerland of South America,for its architectural style.


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To get up and have breakfast in a hotel room that overlooks the mountains in the background and the Nahuel Huapi Lake reflecting the light of the sun as a natural mirror,is an memorable experience for those who love and admire the beauty of nature. This simple but priceless moment is the start to an unforgettable day.

At 09 o´clock in the morning we´ll be picked up at the hotel with a small group that will join us during the excursion. Once onboard the van we´ll drive around the “Short Circuit” along Bustillo Av. Which is the main avenue bordering the Nahuel Huapi Lake from downtown Bariloche to the Llao Llao Hotel. This circuit  goes along mountain roads and lakes very typical in Bariloche that at every turn shows us amazing views.

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We arrive at the meeting point by the Nahuel Huapi Lake where our local tour guides are waiting for us and with the kayaks ready to begin the first leg of our crossing of the Nahuel Huapi and Moreno Lakes, where we´ll get to see their coastlines and hidden bays hardly ever visited by people. This way we´ll find ourselves rowing on crystal-clear,enjoying the sights and taking pictures of the beautiful views surrounding us.

We land on a beach where we leave the kayaks and make a stop to have lunch surrounded by nature while we relax and listen to the tour guides telling stories about Bariloche and the nearby villages.

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Time to get a move on once more and start walking towards the vantage point Tristeza where you´ll get to see the Nahuel Huapi in its full extension,its islands and the surrounding mountains. A little way back you´ll see the Tronador Mount with its glaciers and the” eternal snows” on the Andes peaks.

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On the way back we´ll start an easy descent towards our vehicle and we´ll go on discovering the beauties of Bariloche and the Lakes district. We´ll make our last stop to appreciate once more the Nahuel Huapi, Victoria Island and the Andes mountain range, the true stars of our trip.

We arrive back at the hotel at 05PM.” Discover Bariloche hiking and kayaking” is an experience that every active tourist must take to get to know in depth and through a genuine contact with nature this destination and its secretsbariloche-hiking-and-kayaking-discovery-1


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Departure: Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina
  • Trip length: 9:00 am – 17:00 pm (full day)
  • Available: October to April
  • Activity level: Easy + / Medium
  • Activities: Hiking & kayaking
  • Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 12
  • Dates: Daily From October 15th – April 15th

Included:

  • Certified mountain and kayak guide (English, Spanish) & assistant
  • Private shuttle services from Bariloche
  • All kayak equipment (life vest, spray skirt splash jacket, neoprene gloves & booties)
  • NRS Dry bags & Pelican cases for clothing and personal items (camera, ecc.)
  • Fine lunch by the lake
  • Morning / afternoon energy snacks (Cereal bars, gorp, non alcoholic beverages)
  • First aid kit

Not Included:

  • Everything not mentioned as INCLUDED

Recommended equipment list:

  • Daily backpack or fanny pack
  • Wind jacket
  • Mountain / outdoor pants
  • Fleece & extra
  • Woolen hat / gloves
  • Baseball cap / sun screen & lip balm
  • Hiking boots / training shoes
  • Pair of socks
  • Sandals
  • Small towel
  • Rain gear
  • Optional: hiking poles / camera
  • On request: Vegetarian Menu / other languages guiding.

Trail of the pioneers safari Iguazu

The peculiar sound produced by the giant Tiger ant when it gets angry. Hamadrya butterfly curious camouflage disguises it on the tree bark. The characteristic smell that a herd of peccaries to mark its territory. The softness layer of thick gross on the tree trunk. These are some of the experiences in this adventure trip along the Trail of the Pioneers Safari Iguazu.


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We ride towards the waterfalls through the jungle in a 4 x4 vehicle. Differently to other excursions, this one has a special and theme characteristic, where you enter the Argentine Waterfalls Area by an ancient dirt road (today closed to the access of private vehicles). This trip recreates the experiences that the first visitors had been through at that time, when there was no paved road but only the one “carved” on the hill.

It is interesting to know that until 1974, that road connecting the Iguazú Port to the waterfalls was a dirt road. In spite of this, tourists from all over the world walked along this trail to delight themselves with the new Wonder of the World, the Iguazú Falls.

This trail is closed to private vehicles due to safety reasons. Therefore we had the possibility of travelling through it all in absolute solitude. The old “Forest Rangers Station” is still present among the lianas, surrounded by citrus and banana trees. This station is a mute witness of a past surely filled with adventures that the forest is trying to throw a blanket of silence on. Right there our 4×4 truck stops and walking starts.

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A few steps ahead we see a wild old “Yerba Mate” tree where the Tiger ant amazes us with its colossal size. Afterwards, some miles ahead we will recognize, due to its color contrast with the characteristic red soil of the region, the “Ñahú”, a clay used by the native guaraní tribe to model jars. The tree ferns accompany us all along the journey with exuberant leaves that continue vigorous in spite of their own age.

In our journey we come closer to our final destination. An old sign hidden in the jungle of plants indicates the proximity of the Iguazú Falls, transporting us to the past in our mind, imagining the natural beauty of this destination before the man.

This is a different way of visiting the Iguazú Falls, away from crowds, in the intimacy of the jungle and the nature. When entering the Iguazú National Park, you can combine this tour with the regular excursion to the argentinian side of the falls.


FACT SHEET

Regular tours every day in Spanish and English (subject to previous confirmation and a minimum of 2 pax).

NOTE: the tour provides mineral water, insect repellent, binoculars, birds guide, mammals guide and footprint guide, rain poncho, etc.

Departure time from Iguazú Port Hotels: 07:30 am.

Arrival to the Yacaratiá trail: 08:00 a.m.

Arrival to the Access Entry to the Waterfalls: 09:30 a.m.

Seats per vehicle: 8 passengers.

Duration: Two hours

There is no guide in the park. If you want to request for it, there is an extra cost.

The tour finishes at the entrance of the National Park. Is to be combined with the regular FD Argentina Iguazu Falls or with the Jungle Safari which includes the transfer Out.

 

A new experience in whale watching

We invite you to a new experience in whale watching. Our adventure starts really early when we are picked up at the hotel to get to “Puerto Pirámides”. We had heard about this new way of whale watching and we were very excited about the trip.

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We decided to embark at 11:30 in the morning, from the Southern Spirit’s office at “Puerto Pirámides” where we had to show up one hour before leaving. Besides, there is another departure time at 13:30 in the afternoon which is ideal for those who find difficult waking up and getting up early. During September, October and November there is a schedule of two departures a day and in December there is only one at 11:30 am.

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The boat –we are embarking- is yellow which reminds us of one of the most emblematic Beatles’ songs. It is the first semi-submersible model specially designed for watching the Southern Right Whales and Sea Lions. It offers the possibility of having an underwater view since the hull is designed with windows which enable you to watch the whale in a unique way. This possibility is not offered by the rest of the traditional whale watching trips at “Puerto Pirámides”. At the under the water level, passengers have 40 windows for submarine watching, each one with his/her own seat.

new-experience-whale-watching-5You also have the possibility of watching the natural spectacle from the boat deck which also offers a more panoramic and not less attractive view.

The combination of submarine whale watching together with panoramic view from the deck has really been an unforgettable experience!

The trip took us through “Golfo Nuevo” [New Gulf], within 10 miles from the starting point, depending on the location of the animals, for an hour-fifty minutes.

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After having sailed for some minutes we reached the whale area and we started the whale watching. During the whole journey the guide explained the behaviour and uses of the animals, he was interpreting the whale activity at that time and responded each of our questions very professionally.

Our experience was incredible therefore we share it with you. In addition, we also want to profit this opportunity to remind you ok the Kayak Whale Watching, an experience suitable for those who love to be more adventurous.


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