Iguazu Falls are the massive waterfalls of the Iguazu River that separate Argentine and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are one of the 7 World Wonders so when I say it is an amazing place to visit, believe me it is! Now, when planning a trip to see such an amazing place it only seems right to stay in an equally fabulous place such as Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which is the only hotel located within the Iguassu National Park. The biggest perk to staying at Hotel Cataratas is being able to enjoy the magnificent waterfalls in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors.Situated in the midst of the beautiful forrest and falls this is truly a luxury hotel experience. The rooms are very nice, comfortable queen beds, tv and the jr suites have a private backyard area with table and chairs. The large swimming pool is stunning, open 24 hours and it is heated during the winter months (mid May-mid August) (something you don’t normally find in Brazil). There is a nice gym, tennis courts and a beautiful spa with steam and sauna rooms. Outside there is a game area with ping pong and foosball tables (below) and inside is a cozy living room with fire place.
There are 3 restaurants on the property: 1.Ipê Grill which is located adjacent to the pool, serves a delicious buffet breakfast from 630am-10am and an unbelievable buffet with special ‘gaucho’ style barbecue section in the evenings from 730-11pm. 2. Itaipu Restaurant, the ‘fine dining’ option that serves a blend of Brazilian-international fusion dishes. It is really lovely if you choose to dine outside on the veranda you can hear the falls and the sea bass is delicious! 3Bar Tarobá, perfect place to start your evening off with a drink and some good appetizers.
The hotel has a special concierge that will help you to schedule all of the activities you would like to do including:white water rafting, helicopter trips over the gorge, trip to the Argentina side and jungle treks to view amazing wildlife.
How to get to Iguassu:
By Plane: Foz do Iguassu International Airport is located 15km from Iguassu Falls on the BR-469 highway, which provides access to the falls. By Bus: A large number of inter-municipal, inter-state and international bus services stop in Foz do Iguassu. The bus station is located 5km from the city centre, on Avenida Costa e Silva. By Car: The main links to Foz do Iguassu are via the BR-277, a road that links the city with Curitiba, Porto de Paranaguá and São Paulo. BR-469 provides access to Iguassu National Park and Iguassu International Airport.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas: Rodovia Br 469, Km 32, Iguassu National Park, Foz do Iguassu 85855-750, Brazil