The highly anticipated Awasi Iguazú will open its doors in December on the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls. Awasi’s flagship properties in Chilean Patagonia and the Atacama Desert offer possibly the most sybaritic hotel experiences in South America – needless to say we are extremely excited for their Argentine venture.
Just 15 minutes from the world’s largest waterfalls on the banks of the River Iguazú.
Villas on stilts:
Awasi’s new 14-room lodge is built for minimal environmental impact. Beautiful wooden villas are tucked away in the forest promising peace and privacy, and raised on stilts to engage you with the sounds and scenes of the forest all around through oversized windows. Each villa has a private plunge pool, outdoor shower and spacious living area to relax in after a day exploring the rainforest. The design is simple and comfortable; light wood furniture, gentle lighting and the finest quality linens and amenities make each villa an inviting little home.
Back at the ranch:
After a day of adventure taking in the impressive natural scenery in and around Iguazú Falls, you will be utterly spoilt on your return to Awasi. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the plunge pool, indulge in a cocktail at the bar in the main lodge and relax over a delicious dinner in the restaurant.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt – ‘Poor Niagara’:
Iguazú Falls, said to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world, are Argentina’s showstopper. Hearing the thunderous roar of cascading waters and feeling the falls’ spray as you approach by boat is incredible. We recommend allowing a full day to explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, wandering the walkways in the morning to take in spectacular views, and then in the afternoon, enjoying a boat trip, or even a helicopter ride, to observe Iguazú’s sheer enormity and the beauty of mother nature at her most powerful.
A little privacy:
Each villa is assigned a private guide and 4WD for the duration of the stay, allowing you to explore completely at your own pace – a classic Awasi touch that makes all the difference. For those with deep pockets and who don’t mind an early morning, we can organise a private viewing of the Falls.
It’s a jungle out there:
Renowned Misiones biologist and photographer, Emilio White, has created original, authentic and unique excursions for Awasi’s guests: “The wealth of these grounds goes far beyond the famous waterfalls,” says Emilio, “an unknown world awaits.” Emilio’s excursions take in Iguazú Falls and its surrounding Atlantic Rainforest, as well as introducing guests to the thousands of endemic plants and animals of one of Argentina’s most diverse and unexplored regions.
Handcrafted and personalised excursions range from half-days (4-6 hrs. – returning for lunch at Awasi), to full-days (6 – 10 hrs. with a picnic lunch to keep energy levels high). You’ll explore the aspects of the region that interest you the most with Awasi’s professionally trained guides in archaeology, history, flora and fauna. You can learn about the region’s landscape, culture and history, visiting archaeological sites such as 18th Century Jesuit ruins, trekking through the jungle to meet with local Guarani tribes to learn about their ancient artisan crafts, and bird watching on a beautiful boat ride to a sunset picnic.
A passionate team awaits:
Paula Bertotto, Awasi Iguazú’s Head Guide, is a bird and nature enthusiast who spent her childhood exploring the forests and rivers of Misiones. She has travelled and worked in various areas of Argentina, but none with the diversity of species that Iguazú boasts. She loves that each day brings the chance of bumping into a new bird, a new call, a new insect, flowers or fruit to share with guests. “For me guiding is not only about knowing the area, but also being able to link our natural and cultural heritage with individual interests. I want the experience to be moving and unforgettable.”
When can we visit!:
Awasi Iguazú opens it’s doors in December, so we would recommend booking now to avoid disappointment – pack your bags!