Our History | Two years of hard work

On Springtime of 1.996 taking a friendly dinner with my friend Michael and his Family, came up a crazy and remote idea of creating the first eco – Jungle Lodge of Argentina…

The idea began to take shape, after having detected that the Iguazu Falls area, lacked this type of ecotourism proposal. Ideas and dreams were proliferating, to lead to a pioneering project, much more comprehensive and adhered to the concept of sustainability in tourism. This concept at that time was known and respected, in countries that already had successful international tourist market as a different way of hospitality, respectful and protective of the environment which were inserted also characterized by a compelling social spirit.

So it was that, in early 1998 we started building Yacutinga Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Misiones rainforest. We added to this project the need to manage responsibly in private hands, one of the last remaining Misiones rainforest patches.

The idea took a larger scale, when Yacutinga was declared Private Wildlife Refuge as a conservation area, to the provincial and national authorities; thanks to the advice of the Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina. This statement was unprecedented in the our Country and foreshadowing what was later called ecological easements.

We needed two years of hard work to build Yacutinga Lodge. The opening came as planned, the first of January 2000, just for the millennium received our first two guests.

Many interesting and funny memories are part of the construction process. Yacutinga Lodge was built by hand, learning from local people, daily adapting to the characteristics of the Misiones rainforest. I’d say Yacutinga Lodge bears the imprint of the ecosystem that shelters it. The result was a lovely place, very creative… definitely it is not a traditional hotel. Quite the contrary, it blend with the environment. Nest in the lush vegetation, respect the environment. A magic place to enjoy Nature in harmony.

We got to the beginning of the 2.000 and initial ecotourist operations begun.

During the first years of operation we had no electricity, it was candles, burning torches and fireplaces. The murmur of Jungle and our passion to pleased the naturalist and adventurer guests. We learnt a lot from the international ecotourism demand. After 12 years of successful activity, We have achieved a high level of satisfaction in providing ecotourism. We are proud about we did here, in the heart of the Upper Iguazu Rainforest.

Averaging 2014 Yacutinga continues improving. We work hard on optimizing what we do. We make mistakes and amazing things.

Yacutinga Reserve today has a remarkable environmental state, we have planted more than 30,000 native trees. We have built an excellent team, and have positioned the Argentina Rainforest as an ecotourism product in the foreign market.
We opened the path of the Misiones Jungle Lodges.

We were pioneers of the 20th century, developing an unprecedented conservation project for our Country.

Finally, it remains for me to thank all those who in one way or another have had to do with Yacutinga, local knowledge, labor, conservationist spirit of this project that continues to fill me with pride and will do so.

Thanks for reading me.
Carlos Sandoval

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“Hideaway in the Forest!”

The accommodations were excellent. The individual ‘cottages’ are uniquely artistic with a screened porch. All of the expected amenities are available and one could easily forget they are in a forest until they look out the window. I traveled to Yacutinga with OAT (Overland Adventure Trips).

Elaine E.Benicia, California

“Amazing place and awesome food”

We spent three nights in the suite after visiting the Iguazú falls and we highly recommend this experience to every nature lover. The activities like walks or kayak were early in the morning. Durning our excursions we saw monkeys, lizards and many kind of birds. Fortunately not much mosquitos at all!
In the afternoon we had time to rest enjoying the pool, the hammocks in the garden, the huge room and the amazing sound of the forest.

Massimiliano V.USA

“Loved it here”

Really nice place where you have the feeling you are in the middle of nowhere (and you actually are). The little houses in which you sleep are good and has everything you need. Warm water, good beds and enough space. The food is really good, super delicious!

Thysa M.USA

“Charming and Unique!”

A very special place and setting. The hikes and information sessions were extremely interesting and the food was excellent. The staff bent over backwards to ensure that needs were met. Highly recommend Yacutinga Lodge!

Atir R.Washington, USA

“Beautiful place and awesome food!”

Yacutinga is a private lodge in the Misiones rain forest. They have a central house with restaurante and living room area where you have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food is unbelievable, home made and very tasty. Then there are different small houses, very simple style

Caroline B.USA


A phenomenal environmentally friendly lodge. Gourmet food too! Excellent guides, unique trails and an opportunity to be present in the rainforest. Bring bug spray, wear long pants and long sleeves. Be prepared to be dazzled!!

Denise C.Edmonton, Canada

“Paradise in the jungle”

Yacutinga Lodge is a small example of paradise in the jungle. The lodge itself is based on a number of small cottages set in the jungle with a central complex with dining room, lounge and bar &c. The accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable

Simon A.UK

“Ecological Paradise”

I was here for only 2 days and nights, but this place was amazing. The Lodge is an ecological masterpiece, peacefully nestled within the rain forest. The staff was by far, the most friendly we met during our 28-day tour of South America. Wonderful people

Joe M.Houston, Texas

“Jungle Deluxe”

The Yacutinga Lodge sets the tone with the check-in area and lobby with natural wood chairs, desk, stairs and more. Steps away are the well-maintained pool and beautiful party / bar / outdoor kitchen areas. The individual lodges are clean and well protected from marauding mosquitoes.


“A Fun Side Trip”

Staff and guide were great. Accommodations we’re surprisingly good in an out of the way place. Loved the food and the fact that the place was built out of natural products. I was part of a tour heading to Iguazú Falls

Carl P.California