The reviews on here are either all for this place or all against it. My partner and i had read most of them before arriving so we came with an open mind.
First of all, i realise that nature doesnt appear on order and perhaps the time of year we were there didnt help matters but we only saw a couple of monkeys as the highlight of our trip. Not really the wildlife experience we'd hoped for. We'd seen so much more in and around Iguazu Falls.
The 3 day 2 nights isnt really what you get- you get a bus ride on the first day and arrive at dusk. Day 2 we had 2 activities. Day 3 you leave at about 11.
The rooms are nice and we enjoyed the food. It was quite cold so sitting around the fire with some nice Malbec was great! They provide some nice snacks after coming back wet from the walks.
Our guide was nice but strangley enough got up us for sitting at the table as a group after having breakfast rather than coming downstairs to see him.
Our two activities - a morning walk and then an afternoon paddle down the river (followed by a 2 hour hike back to the lodge) were pretty boring really. I guess if you are into bird watching or spotting it may have been interesting but really even the bird life was few and far between.
It rained a lot. And I'm pretty sure that being a rain forest its always going to. My partner and I decided against lugging around a wet weather "jungle" kit during our trip around Argentina and really thought that perhaps the lodge could or should provide some sort of wet weather gear. ie gumboots and poncho's- after all this place isnt exactly cheap. They had nothing and as it turned out, neither did anyone else who we arrived at the lodge with- so we all ended up with trainers and pants covered in red mud and pretty wet through.
We were there in the middle of winter. On the way back to Iguazu the bus ride was absolutely freezing. Apparently in the summer the bus ride is the opposite, so dress appropriately for the time of year you are there.
Anyway- all in all we did have fun at the Yacutinga but really it was only the fun that we made ourselves and the fact that we were lucky enough to be in a small group of interesting people.
- Also Known As:
- Yacutinga Hotel
- Yacutinga Hotel Puerto Iguazu
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nested in the Interior Atlantic Rainforest this is the first and unique jungle lodge of Argentina. Sustainable tourism. Eco oriented tours within the exclusive Yacutinga's Private Nature Reserve. 80 kilometres away from the fantastic Iguazu Falls and its massive tourism. This Lodge has been built JUST FOR NATURE LOVERS. Native meals, ecotours conducted by ecologist & biologist, 20 rooms and 1 suite with a very intense contact with the Jungle atmosphere. A list of over 570 species of diurnal butterflies, more than 320 species of bird listed. Do not expect to observe plenty of mammals, our ecosystem doesn't allow this kind of gift. Expect for capuchin monkeys, coaties, hundred of butterflies , over 40 to 60 bird species in two days of ecoactivities. There other mammals that sometimes show up. Remember this is not a Zoo, everybody is free here... Including us. We do not offer a luxury accommodation. We offer equilibrium. Thank you for your attention. Carlos Sandoval Owner. ... more less
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