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“Luxury, great food and fun in the heart of the jungle”
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Don Enrique Lodge
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in El Soberbio
Olympia, Washington
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“Luxury, great food and fun in the heart of the jungle”
Reviewed January 20, 2007

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.

Stayed December 2006
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New York
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Reviewed January 11, 2007

Don Enrique is family-run and takes clear pride in providing a highly memorable experience for its guests. Its three guest cabins and main lodge were designed and built with a tuned eye for detail, and great effort is put into maintaining a pleasing aesthetic, relaxing time, and flawless service.

The family took us (a couple of New Yorkers) in as their own and made sure we were well taken care of. The food was delicious and the excursions, which included several hiking options as well as river-based options, conveyed a sense of adventure and unique experience. After four nights we did not want to leave, and as frequent travelers we can attest that that is most often not the case. Don Enrique seemed like both a remote vacation away from the everyday of our lives as well as like being at home, in the best sense.

We highly recommend the trip, despite its logistical requirements (flight to Iguazu or Posadas out of BA followed by a five hour drive through the country into the jungle). We'd recommend seeing Iguazu Falls either before or afterwards, as it is a unique spectacle itself. Be mindful of the fact that you will be in the rain forest, so pack plenty of insect repellent. Mosquitos and other bugs are part of the environment (as are toucans, monkeys, all kinds of birds, and if you're (un)lucky, a panther -- but spotting animals in the dense jungle isn't easy, since they know you're around and will hide). Also be aware that Don Enrique is effectively cut off from outside communication apart from a radio link to BA. That means there shouldn't be a problem if someone gets ill and has to be taken to a city, but checking in with your office telephonically or over email is not possible.

Without reserve, one of the best vacations we've ever taken.

  • Liked — The location and the owners
  • Disliked — Getting there
  • Tips/Secrets — Fly into Iguazu, not Posadas (more flights, less delays)
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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New Jersy
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Reviewed December 30, 2006

Dec. 2006
When we arrived at the lodge, the electricity was out due to bad weather. It was so romantic to see everything lit by candlelight in the middle of rainforest. That set the tone of our time there. We totally relaxed, read and had massages(awesome and cheap). The food was delicious. The power did come on the next day when it cleared up. We went for a hike before it rained(poured)again. I actually thought it was very cozy sitting on the porch reading and just taking in the feeling of the place. It was rustic with the luxury of having a great bathroom and excellent food. I highly recommend the lodge if only for 2 days or so.

  • Liked — The location,hospitality and atmoshphere is what I like best.
  • Disliked — There were mosquitoes, but that goes with the environment.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2006

Don Enrique is a small lodge (only 3 cabins) in the Monte misionero (that's the Argentine Rain forest). It's literally in the middle of nowhere. There are no roads, no TV, no internet, no telephone, you cannot even use your cellphone, as the signal does not get there. That being said, it's not very complicated to get there from Buenos Aires (1 hour flight plus 3 hours by car). In order to get from the main route to the House (less than 5 miles) they will take you with a 4X4 -quite a fun adventure if it rains! And that's because you really are far away from the world there.

The lodge is over a small river and surrounded by trees, trees and more trees. Although it is not easy to see wild animals, they are there (you will see a few of them of course). Now, if you are interested in macro photography, you will have your hands full, believe me!

The cabins are quite austere but everything has been done with a lot of love and taste. The cabins are all wooden and beautifully designed.

The idea of the owners is to give you their full attention (which depending on your personality could be a bit overwhelming) and therefore why it is such a small place. Everybody has all meals together, including them and somehow it feels like you are visiting distant relatives. You might like, or not, sharing your time with people you don't know and you might, or not, be lucky with who the fellow guests are.

Talking about the food, it's simple, regional and excellent -the 4 meals are included in the price paid for the room. Regardless of whether you think Don Enrique is expensive or cheap (they are in the middle of the pack in terms of prices for comparable places), once you are there there's nothing where to spend money but in alcoholic beverages...which are indeed cheap.

I would highly recommend to go to the Mocona Falls, and do some of the activities listed in Don Enrique's website. The Mocona falls are different from anything else because the fall runs parallel to the river, as opposed to perpendicular (like in any fall you can think of). To get to the falls you will be taken with a small boat river up for two hours. If you can believe it, we saw basically NO sign of human beings in those two hours, not in the river, not in the shore, and even more surprisingly maybe, not in the falls. We were absolutely alone there.

Although it is quite an adventurous trip, you will do nothing there, read, swim in the transparent waters of the "arroyo", walk and discover small falls behind unwalked paths and spend your time with the people running the place, other visitors, etc. I would say 3 days is the ideal time to spend there; you will leave wishing to come back!

If you don't live nearby, you would maximize the experience by visiting in the same trip a couple of places nearby:
- Iguazu Falls
- Jesuitic Missions (especially the ones near Posadas, but the best ones are in Paraguay -which is quite close there)
- los Esteros del Ibera (Ibera Marshes) - you will see a LOT of animals here.

Some of the pics that we took can be seen at pbase.com/ml744/misiones


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Property: Don Enrique Lodge
Address: Colonia la Flor | Saltos del Moconá, El Soberbio 3364, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > El Soberbio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in El Soberbio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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