I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. After staying in Buenos Aires for a few weeks, it was nice to get out into the jungle and take a breather from all of the city life. The rooms are big and very rustic with a log-cabin feel. If this isn't your cup of tea and if you'd rather have a traditional western-style hotel, then do not stay here. But, you're in the jungle! Why not enjoy being IN THE JUNGLE? Request a room with a hammock on the balcony if you can (all rooms have balconies) and just enjoy being away from it all. You will be touring the falls during the day all day and will be at dinner at night, so you will only be in your room to sleep and get ready in the morning, so for two nights - three at most (most people don't stay in Iguazu more than two nights) - this is perfect.
Some things to note- it's rustic, so things creek at night and there are noises from the jungle like birds and insects. I found it blissful and peaceful, but my friend who stayed in another room did not. But, I guess if you don't enjoy those sounds, then you must be a pretty stressed-out person because what is more calming than sounds of nature?! I did have some little insects in my room, but nothing gross like cockroaches or anything... but who cares -- again, you're literally IN the jungle, so you are outnumbered my billions of bugs and surely some will get in your room. Get over it and enjoy your experience and write home and tell your friends you slept under the canopy in the jungle and relaxed on your hammock. I found it to be paradise.
The hotel also has a jungle walking path that's fun to explore when you're done seeing the falls. They have this one rope ladder that is probably three stories high that goes up to a tree top. I climbed it and have to say, it was one of the coolest and scariest things I've ever done -- especially because no one knew I was up there and I made it successfully, so I felt like I could conquer the world after that! :) ha!
Request a driver to the falls so you don't have to deal with the bus and they will likely give you the same driver every day - which is great.
When you go to the falls, wear flip flops because it's so misty your feet get wet, carry a cloth to dry the lens of your camera so you can take pictures without misty dots all over the lens and bring a change of clothes so you can do the Grand Adventure boat tour (you get DRENCHED -- but they give you a strong waterproof bag to keep all your clothing in to be sure it stays dry).
Downside- you can hear some noise from your neighbors, but it didn't bother me at all. Again, if you're a finicky traveler who likes to travel the world staying in Sheratons and Marriotts and you always have the same hotel experience everywhere, then well, this isn't for you. This is a unique experience and one that I completely enjoyed and recommend to everyone who is planning a trip to Iguazu.
Book early though - they do fill up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the middle of the Selva Paranaense, La Aldea de la Selva Lodge combines nature and comfort through our rooms that enhance the rustic and autochthonous of our missionary land, with furniture made by local artists. The perfect blend of rusticity and luxury. We are a pioneer hotel-tourism company in giving value to the natural and cultural resources of the area of Iguazu, at the same time that we offer a unique lodging experience, committed with a distinguished service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Aldea De La Selva Hotel Puerto Iguazu
- La Aldea De La Selva Lodge And Spa