The lazy town of Puerto Iguazu sits in far North Argentina, on the meeting point of the rivers Parana and Iguacu, which separate Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
There’s a point on the edge of town that lets you view all three countries at the same time – a fairly unique experience. But that view is kibbles ‘n bits compared to what lurks just 15 minutes down the road.
You may recognise the name Iguazu, most likely because you’ve seen it followed by the word ‘falls’. The waterfalls that straddle the Argentinian/Brazilian border have to be seen to be believed. One of those things that photos never do justice, Iguazu Falls is a minimum requirement for any traveller spending more than a passing moment in South America.
So it’s official – you’re going to Iguazu, and you’re needing a place to rest your weary head. Luckily for you, I have just the ticket.
Casa Yaguarete is a small bed and breakfast run by Lorena – a super charming and helpful lady who decided to put her caring nature and people skills into action by creating a cute place for waterfall lovers to stay.
Yaguarete, as I understand it, refers to a jungle jaguar native to the region. While we didn’t quite catch a glimpse of the big cat, we certainly weren’t wanting for nature at Lorena’s place.
Casa Yaguarete’s location on the outskirts of town meant that the hustle and bustle of the tourist district downtown was far away, and we felt as though we were essentially on the country-side, with the wildlife to match. The place itself is alive with bird and insect life, and Lorena’s collection of family pets will be a godsend for animal lovers.
It had the feel of walking into the forest, with mango trees spread throughout the property, and plant-lined paths connecting the main house with the rooms. Breakfast is served outside amongst the nature, and is topped up with a huge amount of fresh fruit.
The rooms are spacious yet cosy, with WiFi, air con and private bathrooms. They are finished in a minimalist style, decorated with natural materials which adds nicely to the feel.
The thing that makes Casa Yaguarete, however, is Lorena. From the moment we got there, she made us feel super welcome, and went out of her way to help. Within 30 minutes of arriving, she had whipped up a sightseeing plan for the days we were there, organised for us to exchange money, and given us some great recommendations for eating and drinking in town.
Lorena is excellently bi-lingual (which is nowhere near a guarantee in the north of Argentina) and helped us navigate the town as if we were locals. If nothing else, you need to get to Casa Yaguarete for Lorena’s hospitality.
We had a great time in Puerto Iguazu, and it was in no small part thanks to our stay at Yaguarete. If you’d like to see what we’re on about, drop Lorena a line via her website.