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IGUAZÚ GRAND Resort

Ruta 12 KM 1640 
Puerto Iguazu,  3370
Argentina

Hotel Spotlight: Iguazu Grand Resort

The exquisite resort is located in beautifully landscaped gardens just 15 minutes from Iguazú National Park and the world’s largest waterfall system — Iguazú Falls.

Relax in stylish rooms surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and three outdoor pools, while the kids are kept fully entertained at Club de la Selva with creative workshops, theatrical activities and local culture. The jungle-themed club is staffed by a team of professionals who ensure they are safe, stimulated and always enjoying themselves.

La Terraza restaurant is the place of discerning carnivores who enjoy dishes prepared with typical Argentina’s cooking techniques. All of the delicious dishes served at El Jardín restaurant are locally sourced and organic, with no additives or preservatives. Cocktail service is available at the pools and in the lobby with its outdoor terrace.

The resort’s Natural Care spa offers different spaces to relax, enjoy massage sessions or facials and body care treatments made with natural and regional products. It’s also equipped with a dry sauna, steam bath, heated pool, roman bath and beauty salon.

Four Awesome Adventures at Iguazu

Guests at the Iguazu Grand on the Argentine side can arrange a guided stroll along the boardwalks that overlook the falls, a sure-to-get-wet boat trip, a 4×4 drive through the rainforest that engulfs the falls, and even a panoramic helicopter flight.

Private tour guides who speak fluent English offer insights into Iguazu’s natural and human history far beyond anything you can glean from a guidebook or trekking the boardwalks on your own.

Iguazu National Park on the Argentine side protects 261 square miles (677 sq km) of pristine rainforest inhabited by a wide variety of jungle creatures. While every 4×4 drive may not include jaguar or giant anteater sightings, you’re almost sure to come across toucans and other colorful tropical birds, and ground-dwelling creatures like the coatimundi.

Flightseeing trips that take off from the Brazilian side might be short (around 12 minutes) but they offer an incredible bird’s-eye view of a raging wall of whitewater that stretches 1.7 miles (2.7 km) across.

But the ultimate encounter with Iguazu is getting totally soaked in a small safari boat at the bottom of the falls and how refreshing that feels in the intense jungle heat.

Iguazú Falls — 5 Reasons Why These Falls are Epic

Poised along the Iguazú River on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the incredible cascades are the focus of two Iguazú Grand Resort which offer unsurpassed luxury in the wilderness within easy reach of the falls.

What makes Iguazú Falls so epic? Check out these five facts:

• The falls have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 and just the second one declared in Argentina.

• Comprising 275 separate cascades, Iguazú stretches 1.7 miles (2.7 km) across a basalt escarpment — more than twice as wide as Niagara Falls and around 40 percent wider than Victoria Falls.

• While it doesn’t have a greater mean annual flow than Niagara, Iguazú is easily the winner when it comes to highest recorded flow — an amazing 1.6 million cub feet per second achieved after torrential rains in 2014. That’s roughly 26 times more than the normal amount of water tumbling over the falls.

• Large clouds of spray permanently soak the surrounding subtropical forests, creating an extremely humid micro-climate that nourishes more than 2,000 species of vascular plants.

• Iguazú National Park on the Argentine side is home to an incredible array of animals (many of them endangered or threatened) including jaguars, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, caiman crocodiles and harpy eagles.

Discovering Iguazu Falls

Comprising 250 separate tumbling cascades, Iguazú offers plenty of vantage points to marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The falls are set among the subtropical forests of Parque Nacional Iguazú in Argentina and Parque Nacional do Iguaçu in Brazil, forming part of a natural border between the two countries along the Rio Iguazú.

The main attraction has to be Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge), where an incredible 64,000 cubic feet of water per second charges over a two-mile expanse of rock into a canyon 230 feet below.

Visitors can explore the falls and national parks via various trails and circuits.

For a dramatic first glimpse of the falls, follow the Lower Circuit along around the rim of Devil’s Gorge along walkways that are only a few feet from the edge of the main cascades and feel the mist of spray rising from the curtain of water.

Other great walks include the Devil’s Throat, Macuco and Arrechea Trail, Rainforest Trail and Green Trail.

When visiting the falls, remember to wear rubber-soled shoes, as the walkways are always damp and possibly slippery. Be ready to be doused with spray as you traverse the walkways, bridges and staircases.

If time allows, you can also view Iguazú from the Brazilian side for another classic panoramic view and a visit to the Parque das Aves Bird Park, which harbors more than 1,000 birds including toucans, parakeets, macaws and flamingos, as well as South American butterflies. The privately owned reserve provides birds with ideal breeding conditions in 40 acres of native forest.

One of the most thrilling ways to view (and photograph) the falls is on a scenic helicopter ride, available from the cities of Foz do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina.

Among the area’s other tours and activities are off-road jungle drives, birdwatching tours and waterfall boat rides that nudge right up beneath the falls. For a romantic evening, take a moonlight ride through the national park on the Iguazú Ecological Jungle Train to marvel at a dramatically illuminated Devil’s Throat.

Iguazú Grand is a great option for basing your stay while exploring the Iguazu Falls. The hotel is located in beautifully landscaped gardens only 15 minutes from Iguazú National Park and 20 minutes from Puerto Iguazú Airport.

Doing Iguazú Falls in Style

Tucked into 20 acres of gorgeously landscaped gardens, the hotel is only 15 minutes from Iguazú National Park and the world’s largest waterfall system.

Named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Iguazú comprises around 275 separate cascades (depending on the season), spanning an area nearly 9,000 feet wide. The Devil’s Throat drops by over 262 feet — almost 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls.

The Iguazú Grand is the perfect place to base your exploration of the national park by relaxing in stylish rooms surrounded by lush tropical gardens relishing sustainable haute cuisine while the kids are kept fully entertained at Club de la Selva.

ROOMS

From spacious Junior Suites to the opulent suites of the Diamond Collection, the 134 rooms of Iguazú Grand envelop guests in the elegance of one of the most prestigious hotels in Puerto Iguazú, the city beside the park. Suites are located in a park-like setting, overlooking three outdoor swimming pools or the hotel’s own lake.

GASTRONOMY

Iguazú Grand’s restaurants were created for lovers of haute cuisine. With elegant environments and impeccable service, each offers an unforgettable experience that revolves around delicious meals.

La Terraza is the place for discerning carnivores, offering home-style meat curing and cooking techniques, and incorporating sustainable methods in the preparation of each dish.

All of the delicious dishes served in El Jardin restaurant are organic, with no additives or preservatives, and the ingredients locally source and certified.

Meanwhile, cocktail service is available at the pool and in the lobby with its outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens.

CLUB DE LA SELVA

The younger members of the family will make friends, participate in creative workshops, perform theatrical activities and learn about the local culture at the popular children’s club. The kids will enjoy every moment in this jungle-themed environment while a team of professionals ensure they are safe, stimulated and enjoying themselves.

FITNESS & SPA

It’s all about pampering mind, body and spirit at the Natural Care spa, where guests can enjoy massage sessions, facials and body care treatments made with natural and regional products, or simply relax.

The spa also features dry sauna and steam bath, heated pool, Roman bath and beauty salon.

The adjacent gym is equipped with the latest equipment for cardiovascular, toning and stretching exercises.

Facts About Iguazu Falls

One of the triple crown of epic global waterfalls along with Victoria Falls in Africa and Niagara Falls in North America, Iguazú Falls lies along the border between Argentina and Brazil. But other than that, what do most of us really know about the awesome cascade? Here’s a few facts:

1. The indigenous Guarani people call the falls Chororõ Yguasu or “Big Water”

2. According to Guarani legend, the falls was created when a young woman ran away with her human lover rather than marry a deity. Spotting the lovers fleeing downriver in a canoe, the angry god split the river in half, creating the mighty cascade and cursing the lovers to an eternity of tumbling into the watery abyss.

3. Rather than a single waterfall, Iguazú comprises 275 separate cascades spread across 8,800 feet of basalt rim that began to form when dinosaurs still walked the earth.

4. Despite that tremendous girth, it’s only the third widest waterfall in South American after the Salto Para in Venezuela (18,400 feet) and Guaira Falls in Brazil (15,840 feet).

5. The first European to see Iguazú Falls was 16th-century Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who is more remembered for an eight-year “lost” journey from Florida to the Pacific Coast during which only four of his 600-man expedition survived.

6. Besides its 2016 designation as one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the national parks on either side of the falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Iguazú Falls has appeared in more than two dozen movies and TV shows including Moonraker, Black Panther and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.