Two National Parks – one in Brazil, one in Argentina – created to protect an astonishing 3km-wide waterfalls in a vast area of protected rainforest. One of the world’s great natural wonders.
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Loi Suites Iguazu
Puerto Iguazu, Misiones Province, Argentina|
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On the edge of the River Iguazu and hidden within the rainforest canopy, this modish, boutiquey hotel has a wonderful jungle vibe, with wooden balconies and dangling suspension bridges connecting its separate buildings.
Rooms on the top or middle floor have more expansive views over the forest. The suites have private hot tubs on their balconies; or pick one of the eight private villas, which come with romantic four-poster beds, outdoor showers and a tub big enough for two.
Misiones province is known for its production of yerba mate, used to make Argentina’s traditional tea. The hotel spa offers a yerba-infused treatment with clay wrap and massage.
The hotel is surrounded by gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for butterflies, toucans, coatimundis and capuchin monkeys. An in-house guide can take you on a nature tour around the property. The hotel also offers trekking and horse-riding excursions in the national park.
This is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area, and feels like a destination in itself. It’s close to the falls but far enough from the tourist hubbub. You’ll sleep peacefully to the sound of cicadas and frog song, knowing you are just an easy 15-minute (taxi) hop from the Falls.
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