Misiones has a million and a half hectares under Sustainable Management, divided into more than 70 protected areas that seek to conserve the fifth most endangered forest in the world: The Missionary Forest. The Ruta de la Selva (the road of the Jungle) invites visitors to walk through the heart of the most bio diverse ecoregion of Argentina and experience the natural and cultural heritage of this province. During the tour, you can live the experience of: - Enjoy full contact with mystical Forest Guarani Missions in various protected areas. - Visit numerous waterfalls and waterfalls, living with the rich diversity that encloses the Missionary Forest. - Interact with indigenous cultures appreciating their construction techniques, hunting and fishing, as well as their own identity crafts. - Knowing the cultural diversity colonizing currents generated by different immigrant and taste authentic flavors missionaries. - Rest in ecotourism lodges with expertly guided activities. - Engage in cycling, photography walks, bird watching and interpretation of ancient native species, among others. The Ruta de la Selva is a region which offers the most magnificent attractions such as Iguazu Falls (declared Natural Wonder of the World), the Jesuit Reductions, Moconá Cruz and Santa Ana; many natural attractions with unique landscapes imprint, runs protected areas offers ecotourism activities, adventure sports, nature interpretation and watching wildlife.
Day 1: Puerto Iguazu
Arrive at Airport and pickup hire car.
Drive to and checkin to the Boutique hotel de la Fonte
Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the pool.
Day 2: Iguazu Falls
We drive for 20 minutes out of to arrive at Iguazu National Park.
Having recently been listed as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature, Iguazu Falls is one of the most breathtaking sites to behold. With countless waterfalls surrounded by the tropical jungle of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, one’s breath will be taken away by your proximity to nature.
The vast majority of the Iguazu Falls lie on the Argentine side of the border, within the National Park Iguazu. This side offers the most extensive experience of the Falls thanks to its extensive system of trails and walkways that enable you to go both below and under the falls – most notably the Devils Throat. The surrounding forest also offers excellent opportunities to discover the regions wildlife. To complete your trip to Iguazu, it is necessary to visit the Brazilian side. Though it offers a more passive experience, the view is more panoramic and provides unforgettable photography opportunities.
Day 3: Brazilian Iguazu Falls
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken across the Argentine –Brazilian border and enter the Iguazu National Park on the Brazil side. Here you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Falls during a walking tour through the passages that connect the different observation points.
Similar to football, the Brazilians and Argentines argue which side has the best view of the Falls. What is clear is that both sides are different and spectacular in their own unique way. You can decide for yourself, which side you are most impressed with.
Day 4: Saltos del Mocona
Breakfast & Dinner
Today we drive south along ruta 12 where we pass Wanda where we can stop for lunch and visit the Mines of Wanda. This is an open mine of semi-precious stones where we can observe the extraction and elaboration process.
Continuing on ruta 12, we reach ruta 11which we take for before connecting on to ruta 13 that will take us to the Saltos del Moconas, where we will check-in to our Jungle lodge for the next 2 nites, La Mision Mocana. (www.lodgelamision.com.ar). Dinner included.
At the banks of the Uruguay River and near the Moconá Falls, you can find La Misión Moconá on 30 hectares of land; it is a unique place to experience nature with all its magic and splendor.
It is possible to sunbathe and admire the landscape from the viewing points at the banks of the Uruguay River.
The resort has three pools with different levels in order to enjoy the landscapes, sun and nature. At our bank, you can embark on a craft to directly visit the Moconá Falls (Prior reservation required).
At the House you can take pleasure in a magical and warm place, where we provide food service and board games to entertain yourselves, and in winter you can delight in the warmth of a hearth.
Activities included in the stay:
- Guided horseback riding: Through different paths within the resort, you will be able to observe nature and reach the highest point of our estate where you will find a mirador and a panoramic spot.
- Oxcart rides: Typical carts used by the region’s people.
- Free use of kayaks and bicycles.
- Free use of binoculars for birdwatching.
Day 5: Saltos de Mocona
Breakfast & Dinner
Today we visit the Mocona Provincial park.
The Moconá is one of the great sights of the province of Misiones. It is a geological flaw one of its kind in the world, where Yabotí, Pepirí Guazii, Uruguay, Serapio and Calixto rivers meet. The Moconá, meaning "He who swallows everything" in Guarani, make a cannon 3 km long with transverse parallel drops to normal water, unlike a waterfall or a waterfall. These falls can reach 25 meters high and a depth of 115 meters. The whole area of Moconá is categorized as Provincial Park and includes the so-called Biosphere Yabotí. It is ideal for an experience of contact with nature at its finest place: trekking, animal sightings and boat rides and kayaking in the jungle of Misiones.
Day 6: San Ignacio
We head south along ruta 2 and ruta 4 to the town of San Ignacio where we check into La Toscana hotel.
From here we can visit the famous Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio, (declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1984) are the silent witness of the work of the Jesuits in these lands, back in the seventeenth century, these ruins are the ultimate form of the architecture known as "Guarani Baroque". These impressive Ruins (former Reductions - Jesuit Guarani Missions) and its history will be familiar to those who have seen the movie "The Mission" with the eminent actor Robert De Niro.
The mission gave testimony to the work performed by the Jesuits, where the native culture once mingled with the European heritage without any kind of violence. Today, only vestiges remain of a settlement where science and art were part of the union between the white man and the Guaraní people. It was one of the few cases in which colonists did not suppress the native culture but contributed to the primitive habits by teaching the Gospels, new customs and ways of work and social organization.
Today San Ignacio is the best preserved of the Jesuit missions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Argentine territory. Around a central square distributed church, Casa de los Padres, the cemetery, the houses and the town hall.
Day 7: San Ignacio to Puerto Iguazu
Today we complete our round trip and drive north via ruta 12 for 3 hours to Puerto Iguazu where we return our hire car and take flight to either Salta or Buenos Aires.
- Meals were indicated
- Transfers as listed
- Tours & activities as listed
- Car Hire
- Internal Flights.
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Access to National Parks
Net cost per Person for 7 Day Tour: US$1175 on a double basis