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With its somewhat convenient location providing private access to the Wetlands, Hotel Puerto Valle offers the best wildlife fix in Argentina, combined with a good dose of luxury.
Perched on the banks of the Parana River, as of November 2014 this renovated estancia now boasts 13 lovely guest rooms - the original five that open out onto a veranda offering beautiful views across to Paraguay; and eight new freestanding casitas separate from the main estancia.
Thanks to its exclusive access to the Ibera Wetlands, Puerto Valle is the perfect base for anyone looking to combine outdoor activities with the comfort of a boutique hotel. The service is excellent and the staff are charming, making this feel more like a home than a hotel. The on-site restaurant serves delicious regional dishes, with many of the ingredients grown on their organic farm.
The focus here is on wildlife and activities, which include walks, bird watching, fishing, horse riding and visits to the Wetlands. That said, you may prefer to spend the day relaxing by the lovely pool with a caipirinha in hand!
Its proximity to the state of Misiones makes Puerto Valle a great place to combine with the Iguazu Falls.
Why we love it
A boat trip at sunset is simply wonderful here, where you can spot caimans, capybaras and all sorts of wonderful birds settling down for the night.
Saskia, Original Traveller