We spent two nights in early January wishing to spend some time at Iguazu Falls. The location of the lodge is in a small plot of secondary forest which is reaching some maturity. There are no walking trails on the property except for one very small loop. The check-in office is small, but adequate. It is staffed by one person usually, but often two. There seem to be two different locations for guests to stay. We stayed amongst the trees in a 4-suite unit located in a single building reached by boardwalks. There were a number of these. There were also some new cabins that had little natural plantings around them and would not at all have been acceptable. If you book with them, insist that you have your room in buildings truly surrounded by natural vegetation or go somewhere else. Other reviews mentioned lots of bird singing. In actuality, these are insects which can be quite loud.We are birdwatchers and the number of birds was actually quite small. Our room had a screened-in porch which was nice. They have a very nice swimming pool. However, there is no railing to hold when walking in and the bottom of the pool was slippery and I fell and hurt my back. Fortunately there was no real harm done. Just be careful.
The only real problem was the food. The restaurant does not seat all guests so one must make reservation for one of three sittings: 7:00, 8:30, and 10:00 in the evening. It appears that you do not have the option of ordering off a menu for these meals but rather a standard meal is served. The night we ate there it was a Bar-B-Que. There were a number of salads buffet-style. Then a device was brought to the table with steak, what we think was chicken, some pork, beef rib, a pork sausage and what looked like blood sausage. This meal mimics the churruscaria (sp?). Nearly finished with the meal they brought some french fries, which came too late. The flan for dessert really needs work. The previous night they had steak. The night we were there they had music: a base player who did back-up for an electronic mandolin. They were talented but very LOUD such that a normal conversation was not possible.
By the pool there is a snack area where you can get a hamburger or a ham sandwich with fries. Salads are also available as are soft-drinks and beer.
The biggest problem is that of water. When asked at the desk, we were told that the tap water is not for drinking but to use the water in the mini-bar. In my opinion there should have been at least two 500 ml bottles free per day. Cost for these is 20 pesos (about $3 US) whereas you can get it much cheaper in a grocery store. But there is none in any walking area.
For a little taste in staying at a jungle lodge, this one works OK. I rated this three dots because of limited food options and safety issues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Cantera Jungle Lodge was carefully built preserving the environment and having the least impact possible. In the 3 hectares of the facilities there are trees of over 400 years old (Purging cassia tree) and others which are protected because they are endangered species (Rosewood). Our Lodge is featured to be an innovating, exclusive proposal and to provide first class services bringing us closer to each passenger. Ideal for vacations, romantic trips, honeymoons, corporate resting, incentive trips, family reunions, relax and adventure in Misiones Jungle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Cantera Jungle Hotel Puerto Iguazu