Tag Archives: Iguazu

BEYOND THE WATERFALLS IN IGUAZÚ

We found the ideal place for nature lovers, birdwatchers, photographers and anyone willing to isolate from everyday life: La Lorenza.


Emilio and Picu, a couple passionate about nature, share their private reserve with those who are willing to discover a different Iguazú. They define it as a secret spot beyond the famous waterfalls and off the beaten track.

La Lorenza is 45 minutes away from the city of Iguazú, immersed in a forest rich in biodiversity, medicinal plants, orchids, bromeliads, butterflies, and birds many of them endemic to the ecoregion. Located on the Paraná River, the reservation is also a rural area where local families live off the land.

Among other activities that provide a close encounter with nature within the reserve, we would like to recommend specially two of them.

The first one, a 2.5 miles kayaking adventure. Paddling the serene waters of the Urugua-í river will allow you to contemplate nature from a different perspective and to move silently along the forest. Then, a 45 minutes walk through the forest will take you to a very special spot to finish the day.  

The other recommendation is a fun interpretative walk across the jungle. An expert guide will conduct this multi-sensory experience, providing information on the several natural environments, their flora and fauna. The soft hike also includes a visit to a typical little house with its vegetable garden, to capture the atmosphere of the local life in intimate contact with nature.  

Both the walk and the kayak tour end at a deck with an open view to Paraguay and the Paraná River; a unique place across borders, sharing a mate/tereré and interesting facts and stories about the area.

If you would like to take part on any of these options at La Lorenza, please contact us to provide you more information.

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Guided walk through the forest:

  • INCLUDES: Transfers to and from the hotel (Iguazú) + A bilingual guide English/Spanish + Mate and tereré drink.
  • AVAILABILITY: Monday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Min. 2 Groups of up to 10 pax.
  • LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Low. Please let us know in advance if you have any health problems or suffer from allergies.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS: Bring closed tip shoes, as well as long leg pants and long sleeve shirts, even in the summer.

Kayak:

  • INCLUDES:Transfers to and from the hotel (Iguazú) + A bilingual guide English/Spanish + Mate and tereré drink + Sit on top kayaks with life jacket.
  • LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Low. The walk includes climbing a pronounced 150 meter slope (approximately 500 feet).
  • RECOMMENDATIONS Bring closed tip shoes, as well as long leg pants, bathing suit and a change of clothes (you may get wet!).
  • AVAILABILITY: Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Min. 2 Groups of up to 10 pax. This excursion is suitable for beginners.

 

Comfort & Relax in the Rainforest

Travelling is all about experiences, and when accommodation services meet or go beyond our expectations, the journey’s memories enrich. Such was the case with the Yvy Jungle Hotel, where our stay was very enjoyable. That’s why we want to share it’s story with you.


The Yvy Jungle Hotel is located in a beautiful and natural environment in the region of the Iguazu Falls: the Iryapú Jungle Reserve, an outstanding natural site that comprises 3 acres of lush greenery. An ideal place for nature lovers, since it is shared with many Guarani villages and countless species of native flora and fauna, like the Caraguatá, the Pink Lapacho and the Harpy Eagle among others. The route to the Hotel is a highlight itself.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly staff member who took us to our rooms on a small cart. In the room we were surprised with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and some petit fours, which we thought was a nice gesture included with all Deluxe Room Reservations. Standard Rooms come with complimentary bottles of water and petit fours.

A close encounter with nature, 24 nicely decorated beautiful rooms and the comfort of privacy get together to create a wonderful experience. We liked the bungalow style rooms in the jungle setting and it only took an easy walk getting to the main area of the hotel for meals. The rooms are very spacious and the jungle views through the windows are great. The bathrooms are small but adequate. The rooms have air-conditioning, a safety box, a TV and free Wifi.

This hotel is a couple of kilometres away from the downtown area, that’s why both nights we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. The on-site Mua Restaurant offers regional and international delicious dishes and we were able taste some of the best national and international wines at the Itakua Cava. The restaurant’s service was very good and the waiters were very helpful.

Yvy Hotel de Selva also features an outdoor swimming pool, which is a bonus for guests when they come back from excursions. It was awesome to dive in the water and watch Mother Nature all around us.

Event facilities are available and there is a 24-hour front desk assistance. The hotel is located only a 10-minute walk from the city centre and 3,6 km from the bus station. Puerto Iguazú airport is 20 km away and Iguazu National Park is at 17.9 km.

If you like walking, you should go to the City Centre and visit the Three Borders Boundary Post, which is one of the few places in the world where you can watch three countries at the same time.

We invite you to ask your Kallpa Account Executive about this and other experiences in accommodation to enlighten your traveler’s experience.

 


 

Living in the Jungle in Misiones

Living in the jungle provides unexpected and unique experiences. Animals wandering free in the wild, picking up groceries and medicines from diverse plants and trees, coexisting with a humid climate all year round. Life in the rainforest is lively, colorful and tough.

Yerba Mate plantation trip_Yacutinga Origins

Yacutinga was the first jungle lodge in Argentina, created almost 20 years ago as a project for biodiversity conservation and protection in the northeast of Misiones province, one of the richest natural regions in the country.

Today it has become an ecotourism attraction itself for anyone who enjoys raw nature and who is willing to take part on this environmental and sustainable project. At Yacutinga, guests discover not only the unique curiosities of these magical and vast surroundings but also the deep bond between man and nature. Whilst visiting Yacutinga, guests contribute to a new conservation and sustainability concept in Argentina.

Medicinal plants
Medicinal plants

The Origins program, besides providing a complete jungle interpretation and understanding, promises an unexpected journey to find out about the lifestyle and social reality of the Kagui Pora Guarani community. The idea is to complement this experience reaching native flora and fauna and also getting to know day by day life in the jungle.

This is a 4 days / 3 nights program, starting at the Raices Argentinas inn (only minutes away from the Puerto Iguazú airport) where a special truck picks you up and gets into the subtropical rainforest to take you to the Yacutinga protected area.

Guarani Children Choir
Guarani Children Choir

On the way, the red dirt soil combines with many shades of green, diverse and lush vegetation and jungle noises and aromas that awaken your senses. Signs by the road warn about the presence of many wildlife species that may come your way.

After a few hours, you will finally reach Yacutinga Lodge and probably be greeted with homemade warm chipa (baked rolls made from manioc flour and cheese) and fresh drinks.

Guarani Handycraft
Guarani Handycraft

During the stay, a set of planned activities provide the opportunity to understand life at the rainforest from an environmental and social point of view.

Kayaking at Yacutinga Nature Reserve
Kayaking at Yacutinga Nature Reserve

Kayaking through the jungle waters and hiking into the forest joined by expert ecologist guides. A tour to the yerba mate plantation including an explanation about the mate ritual. Learning about how locals use medicinal native plants for homeopathic medicine; an ancient tradition that allowed the settling of the pioneer families in this rural environment. And, of course, the visit to the Kagui Pora Guarani community and meet its people and learn about their lifestyle in the jungle; comprehending their nature, traditions, habits, myths and legends.

Guarani people & Handycraft
Guarani people & Handycraft

Yacutinga Origins proffers a unique experience for the adventurous traveller. A close encounter with nature and local people at a place where past and future meet to create a curious present. An eye-opening experience for any visitor.

Please contact us for more information about this special program.

Guarani child smile
Guarani child smile