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Yacutinga Lodge
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

They are doing very good things here. It is privately owned, but set up as a nature reserve. Two resident naturalists will introduce you to the camp and will accompany you on the activities. Any staff I had interaction with were very helpful and friendly. Beware of the “orientation” the first evening. It is a long talk on problems of the rainforest and things that you have been aware of since high school. Come for the last half hour (probably round 7:30 as dinner is usually at 8pm) for information particular to this property and info. on the next days activities.

The rooms are well-designed and architecturally interesting. Each “pod” has four rooms that share a hot water tank. If you are on your own, ask for a pod where just one other room is occupied.

The food is excellent and plentiful. But bring snacks as it is quite a long time in-between lunch (around noon) and dinner (usually 8pm). Each time you return from an activity, you will be offered a very welcome lemonade.

There is limited cell service at the camp, but good wi-fi in the main lodge (not the rooms) which is complimentary.

I stayed two nights in the room called Toucan 8 and it was very comfortable. I visited in late September and there were no problems with mosquitoes. I didn’t do all the hikes, but had a good time sitting and reading in the hammock near the pool. I enjoyed the float trip (very easy) very much.

It is about a 2.5 hour ride from Iguassu in a large vehicle. Roads can be bad, so if you don’t want to be jostled around, sit in the front or the middle of the vehicle.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Highly recommend this place. Extremely accommodating, kind and helpful staff, amazing meals (chipas!), and wonderful surroundings. Our guide, nesto, was fantastic - funny, knowledgeable, and very genuine. A must do if visiting iguazu. Surreal experience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Every moment is a magical adventure at this unique, extremely memorable and surprisingly romantic eco lodge and our 2 nights were not nearly enough. Keep in mind that you're deep in the jungle, which is alive with all manner of creature sounds and sightings, night and day, so urbanites beware. But if you're looking to get your 'Tarzan & Jane' on, there's no better place. Rustic chic, with all the comforts, architectural eye-candy everywhere, and excursions lead by knowledgeable and caring environmentalist-guides that are exciting, engaging and enlightening.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We spent two nights in Yacutinga and were transfixed by the beautiful surroundings. We saw lots of capuchin monkeys, gorgeous hummingbirds, some toucans, a coral snake and more (most of these in the grounds of the lodge itself). I identified many different species of birds.

The food was fantastic and the staff were very kind. My husband wasn't very well while we were there but they were very attentive and understanding.

A few tips. The journey to the lodge is long (about 2.5 hrs) - be aware that there is no scheduled toilet stop. The weather can be fairly torrential rain and waterproof clothes are advisable for the hikes (I was very, very wet at the end of one hike). Don't do this trip if you're not ready for a 'real' jungle experience - a mouse and a frog appeared in our room at one stage! Finally, be prepared to have to be patient and stay quiet in order to see the wildlife - it is not a zoo!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

I was visiting with my husband. We both love the outdoors and have a passion for "nature" photography. We not only were able to have amazing photo opportunities but we learned so much about natural habitats up close by the very passionate and knowledgeable staff. For someone like me, who wants to live as "green" as possible, I believe the lodge is a true testament to sustainability. We truly enjoyed being close to nature as well as comfortable, clean, and secluded accommodations. The staff were friendly and the food was fresh and with wonderful produce that is native to the region (mangos were delicious!). We recommend this oasis to anyone who is passionate about nature and the simple pleasures it has to offer!

Room Tip: All rooms are set in a bungalow style offering a good amount of privacy!
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

We spent two wonderful days and nights at this remote eco lodge (about 2-1/2 hours ride on a mostly rocky dirt road from Puerto Iguazu). The lodge was deep in a lush sub-tropical region filled with exotic birds, butterflies, lizards, and the sound of monkeys high in the trees. A knowledgeable guide and a tribal chieftian made our hike a fascinating experience. There was a kayakying trip down the broad Iguazu River, a remarkable evening of entertainment by children from the local native Guarani, comfortable accommodations, and excellent food. The stay at the lodge was a fine introduction to the region and made our visit to Iguazu Falls all the more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

We had read several reviews on Trip Advisor that had mixed messages but when we arrived we were convinced. This is a unique lodge that provides fun with education.

We boarded the heavy duty bus in Iguazu and during the bumpy ride to the lodge we were entertained by our guide. On arrival we were greeted warmly and given a refreshingly cold drink and our luggage was taken to our lodge. We were handed our keys and headed to our home in the jungle. Don't expect 5 star luxury but do expect a comfortable room and bed with a fan and a functional bathroom where you can drink the water from the taps.

We changed and took a plunge in the refreshing pool, changed and headed to the dining room. The meals that were served were flavorful, filling and wonderfully presented. The staff was very friendly and tried to ensure that everyone was enjoying themselves.

After dinner we headed to the "classroom" for an introduction on the sub-tropical rain forest and conservation. The group we were with entered into a lively discussion on conservation which was great to see in such a mixed group.

The hike and boat trip were fun and we saw plenty of different species of birds and butterflies as well as monkeys.

The whole complex is an oasis of rest where you can spend your afternoon reading and relaxing in one of the many hammocks and be treated to a myriad of butterflies landing on you and hummingbirds feeding from the flowers.

Don't forget your insect repellent and camera.

Room Tip: All the bungalows are comfortable and whatever you get will be perfect
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Yacutinga Lodge

Address: Calle Yacutinga | Upper Iguazu River - Misiones, Puerto Iguazu N3370HSA, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Puerto Iguazu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Iguazu
Price Range: $156 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Yacutinga Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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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