Iguazu Rainforest | Misiones - Argentina
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Nature & Guaraní culture | 3 nights

The ideal itinerary for those travelers willing to discover the “roots” of the Rainforest away from massive tourism .This peculiar eco-tour, unique in Argentina melts the comfortable jungle lodging of Yacutinga with the interpretation of the environment, its fauna and flora, together with the cultural experience of sharing time with the Guaraní Community KaguiPora.This is about discovering an unknown Argentina, set in the extreme northeastern corner of the Misiones province.

Three nights including the paddling through the waters of the Jungle, hikes exploring the wonderful and colorful details of this environment, sharing experiences with representatives of the Guaraní Community, who have decided to share their history and to show the Jungle to us from their cosmovision.

Yacutinga Lodge has been providing interesting ecotourism services while protecting the resources of Fauna and Flora present at our Reserve for many years, and, although our environmentalist guides offer an exceptional level of information, we always thought that we need to emphasize more on the native culture of the area. The Guaraní Culture. Therefore, years ago we decided to start a relationship with our neighbors, the Community Guaraní KaguiPora, several years of getting to know each other, sharing, understanding and helping each other.

The result is a very nice relationship, and, we then decided to integrate this Community more into the eco-touristic concept of Yacutinga, following modern rules of responsible and sustainable tourism. With pride we present you this new itinerary, ideal for all visitors wishing to enjoy the Misiones Jungle in a genuine and comfortable way.

The activities developed to support the Guarani community Kagui porá are entirely performed within the Yacutinga Nature Reserve. The purpose is to respect and not disturb the privacy of the community.

This new Program of 3 nights includes the paddling through the waters of the Jungle, hikes exploring the wonderful and colorful details of this environment, sharing experiences with representatives of the Guaraní Community, who have decided to share their history and to show the Jungle to us from their cosmovision. The best itinerary to enjoy and to be dazzled with the Misiones Rainforest before or after the traditional visit to the Iguassu Falls.

 

Day 1 – Puerto Iguazú – Yacutinga Lodge

14.00 hrs. Encounter at Meeting point in Puerto Iguazu. Luggage dispatch.
14.30 hrs.Departure towards Yacutinga Lodge. During the drive the naturalist guide will give information on the characteristics of this “Misiones” jungle.
17.00 hrs.Arrival at Yacutinga Lodge.Reception and welcome.
Luggage distribution to the assigned rooms.
19.00 hrs – Presentation: The jungle and its conservation state. Through this presentation the guide in charge will explain to the new guests the environmental situation of the ecosystem they are visiting. Questions & answers.
Dinner. Overnight

 

Day 2 – Yacutinga Lodge – Private Nature Reserve

After the breakfast, early in the morning Kayaking along the San Francisco stream, which flows into the Natural Reserve. This is the right moment for a photo-safari and general fauna observation. The Forest water streams are highly important for the Ecosystem: they are true life corridors. Sailing these waters is extremely relaxing and gives us the opportunity to move along the Gallery forests in silence. In this environment, seed dispersal occurs differently. Root systems have adapted to flood Soils.

Salt patches are very common on the shores of these streams, and wild animals often seek these places, therefore it is common to find animal footprints and traces in the muddy shores. The water activity lasts almost 3 hours.

Lunch at the Lodge. Time off for personal activities or self-guided trails close to the Lodge.

Departure before sunset to one of the introductory trails of the Yacutinga Reserve, with the idea of visiting this environment at a time where maximum fauna activity is present.
Return to the Lodge.
Dinner. Overnight.

 

Day 3 – Yacutinga Lodge – Private Nature Reserve

Breakfast and eco-tour “Exploring the Jungle” of the Yacutinga Reserve. The early hours are the best for better registration and observation. Nature is interpreted in its whole. Flora, orchids, bromelias and other epiphytes. Fauna: mainly birds and their behaviors.
Lunch at the Lodge. Time off for personal activities or self-guided trails close to the Lodge.
In the afternoon, start of the “Guaraní afternoon”:

- The representatives of the Guarani community Kagui Pora, will show us how they use the resources the jungle for their own subsistence:  use of medicinal plants and traps.

- At the fire-place the Caburé will be prepared, a typical Guaraní dish based on corn and wild honey. Preparation of the Mate Tea in its traditional form.Time to chat with the Guarani’s about their life, customs and actual social situation.

- Chorus of the Guaraní children. Some ritual songs will be presented. Translation and content.

Return to the Lodge at mid-afternoon.

Dinner. Overnight.

 

Day 4 - Yacutinga Lodge – Private Nature Reserve

Breakfast and free time to explore around or simply enjoy the Lodge area. We invite our guests to participate in our Orchid rescue program.


Check out and return to Iguazú by land at mid-morning. Arrival estimated at 1:00 p.m. at Meeting point in Puerto Iguazu.





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