We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at the Don Enrique Lodge. The lodge is across a stream from a nature preserve. They've cut a series of trails through the jungle, and don't let guests wander out alone so nothing bad can happen to us (such as getting lost). They rate the trails based on the level of challenge, and how far you want to go is up to you. We were happy to have our water shoes, because one of the hikes involved a lot of climbing up a stream ankle deep, grabbing onto branches and roots, etc. We were also taken on an inner tube ride down the stream. Our guide held onto ropes through the more dangerous currents, although there was nothing too bad... in fact my rope got untied, which was an occasion for merriment, not terror. At the end of the inner tube ride there was a wide calm pool that was perfect for a swim.
It was a really fun time, but also educational, as the guide and the woman who runs the lodge shared a great deal of information about the jungle plants, birds, and insects, and their diverse techniques for survival. (Note: we were speaking in Spanish; our hostess speaks English, but not perfectly, and the young "gaucho de la selva" not at all).
AND the cuisine was EXCELLENT, including jams at breakfast made from jungle fruits. We felt good that the lodge has given employment to local folks, with the extra bonus that they're top notch and friendly.
The only down side was that we both were unable to avoid getting mosquito bites, I suppose because we were too sparing with the Deet. Next time I'll bring some Asian mosquito coils to burn.
All the guided adventures through the jungle & the inner tube float & swim were included in the price of the lodge. All you have to pay for are alcoholic drinks. So it's a good value considering all the personal attention you get.
We got to the lodge from Santa Cecilia Estancia near Posadas. The driver (Miguel Taszi) picked us up from the estancia. He then took us to Iguazu after our stay at the lodge. On his recommendation we included a side excursion to the fabulous Saltos del Mocona. I'll write about than on the forum... check it out. I mention it here because when you make arrangements with Gustavo (the son of the owner of the lodge who does all the arrangements via internet out of BsAs) he could probably arrange the Saltos del Mocona excursion with the driver as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Don Enrique was inspired by the rainforest surrounding this land. It was built with recycled wood from fallen trees, old constructions and discarded material from forest exploit. Don Enrique is a small hotel hidden within the paranaense jungle, far from any town, urban area or main road. It is a wild and pristine area governed by the jungle and its wildlife. This mountain range is located at about 180 miles from Posadas, 180 miles from Iguazu Falls and 25 miles from El Soberbio. Not far off Saltos del Mocona, Don Enrique was built in a deep jungle ravine, beside the winding Paraiso river, south from Corredor Verde and Reserva de Biosfera Yaboti. The hotel is characterized by the cozy rusticity in its rooms and by its outside areas facing rio Paraiso. Service and attention are carefully personalized, which is why there are only a few rooms available. In 2010, Don Enrique received the "Lugares" Award (La Nacion) as the best boutique hotel in Argentina. The cabins are spread along the riverbank and designed for visitors to become immersed in nature, away from mind-distracting technology. A verandah and a terrace facing the enchanting river can be much more picturesque than an LCD in front of the bed. Our guests know how difficult it is to get here, and it is precisely such difficulty that preserves the magic of this place. Only a 4WD vehicle can threaten the tranquil privacy of this area. Those who seek for adventure, love nature, or simply want to experience being in touch with earth, water and the vibrant natural diversity of Misiones will find their refuge in Don Enrique. Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Don Enrique Hotel
- Don Enrique Lodge Argentina/El Soberbio, Misiones