About O2 Hotel in Puerto Iguazu and Its Sustainable Practices

On this occasion, we are glad to present a recently opened 4* hotel in Puerto Iguazu. We are referring to the O2 Iguazu Hotel which understands the importance of establishing sustainable management in its operation.


All their processes are based on a balance between the business, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions, making some specific commitments based on their programs, action plans and protocols. To name a few:  respect and protection of human and labor rights, tourist accessibility, healthiness in food and beverages, sustainable shopping, conservation of biodiversity, responsible solid waste management, among others.


Some of the concrete sustainable actions the 02 hotel took are: 

  • O2 Iguazu hotel uses a sustainable process of waste separation. That allows them to stop the generation of 300kg of organic waste. In addition, all the food waste is donated to the local farms in the area to use to feed the pigs, generating compost. 
  • In order to reduce the environmental impact to the minimum, this year the hotel planted 344 trees in the Iryapú reservation, to compensate for their carbon footprint emission. 
  • They use two renewable energy systems for hot water heating: 1) a system of pellet boilers, which is obtained from the reconversion of the main by-product of the wood industry, sawdust.

2) Photovoltaic panels were installed on the rooftop of the hotel to use solar energy.  

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BIKE ADVENTURE IN THE IGUAZÚ NATIONAL PARK

If you want a refreshed experience to complement the traditional excursion to the Argentinean Iguazú Falls, you should bike through the jungle!


Located in the north of the Province of Misiones, the Iguazú National Park occupies a total area of ​​55,000 hectares. It is one of the first National Parks created in the country, with the objective to preserve the magnificent Iguazú Falls and the lush subtropical jungle that surrounds it.

The Yaguareté (jaguar) Trail is within the Iguazú National Park and this is the perfect adventure to go deep into the rainforest. You will ride a mountain bike along a red soil wild path across the jungle, having fun, observing and learning about the local flora and fauna. 

Early in the morning, we meet our biking guide at the Guard Station on the National Route 101. The earlier we ride not only the weather is “cooler” but there are more chances of seeing wild animals such as small mammals, birds and butterflies. 

The guide provides the bikes and the rest of the equipment and we set off riding on the 101 for about 2 kilometers. Then, we turn left to take the Yaguareté Trail. The pedaling is smooth and stable, at a suitable pace for all cyclists on this red soil trail with narrow paths that crosses the jungle.

The aromas of the jungle, its sounds, its freshness, its life…everything is a great complement to this adventure in search of full contact with nature.

Along the way, we make some interpretation stops to recognize wildlife. After 3 kilometers more, we reach the Iguazú River shore, where after checking up the group’s status we decide whether to go on riding or not.

Once we’re done with the pedaling, we return to the guard station where we leave the bikes and say goodbye to our guide.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Estimated duration: 2 to 3 hours.
  • Distance: 6 to 12 km of pedaling, flexible distance and subject to current and previous weather conditions, terrain conditions and cyclists’ fitness.
  • Difficulty: medium/high.
  • Starts VERY early in the morning: 5:30 to 6:30 am during the summer, and 8:00 am in winter. It can also be arranged in the afternoon.
  • Includes: Mountain bike; helmet; gloves; Water; 1 or 2 English speaking guides according to group size; Cyclist insurance; breakfast or snack depending if it’s AM or PM.
  • Not included: Transportation to starting place at route 101.
  • Recommendations: DO NOT wear white footwear, nor white clothes: dirt cannot be easily washed. The excursion can be combined with the visit of the Argentine side of the falls. Please, notify in advance if pax have food restrictions. The tour goes through areas of a wide variety of insects (mosquitoes, spiders, etc.), if travelers suffer from any allergies they must take their own medications to avoid consequences. Please, send on forehand the passenger list with the personal information to prepare insurance. On the spot guests will have to sign a disclaimer.

 

JUNGLE REST & COMFORT IN IGUAZÚ

Calm and relaxation in the middle of the rainforest, to fully enjoy the visit to the Iguazú Falls.


La Cantera Jungle Lodge by DON is located In the middle of the Iryapú jungle, in full contact with nature.

Upon check-in, the staff already educates guests about the care and respect for nature. Our passage through the rainforest may be temporary, but the ecosystem should remain intact.

For this reason the complex was carefully constructed while preserving the environment; considering in its 3 hectares the permanence of 400 year old trees and other species in danger of extinction. In this way, the architectural project included certain innovative contributions, such as the construction of balconies around trees – to avoid cutting them down – and the reduction of the impact on natural resources.

Perhaps it´s this immersion in nature that in itself predisposes us to tranquility and to disconnect completely; although the environment of La Cantera definitely helps. From the entrance you can see everything connected by wooden walkways that lead to the different rooms and common spaces – such as the swimming pool with solarium or the relax area. All with a lush green and humid vegetation as constant background that allows you to breathe the purest air.

The property has five room categories; modern, sober and very luminous. All are equipped with LCD TV, balcony or deck overlooking the jungle, comfortable beds, air conditioning and minibar.

The in-house restaurant has been recently remodeled. So recently, there are no photos yet! Even so, “El Boyero” promises unique aromas, colors, textures and flavors. Here, a gourmet breakfast is served every morning, and then, in the afternoon you can taste sweet pastries specialties. In the evening, an exclusive menu of drinks and signature dishes, ideal for recovering energy after venturing into the jungle or having visited the Falls.

In addition to the best personalized service, with a warm and friendly staff, La Cantera includes three activities with its rate. On the one hand, an interpretive guided walk to explore the rainforest, learn about the region’s characteristics and its environment, and learn about the flora, fauna and culture of the place.

On the other hand, a walk to a village inhabited by Guarani people, joined by a native guide. You will learn about the Guaraní culture, its routines and uses of medicinal plants, hunting customs and even walking along paths that they themselves have traced.

The third activity is a jungle bike ride, joined also by a guide that will lead the way crossing the lush vegetation of this particular environment.

All the activities are easy, suitable for the whole family, between one and one and a half hours long and can be done in the morning or in the afternoon.

For Iguazú visitors, there is no better option than staying in a natural environment, without disregarding the comfort and hospitality that La Cantera Jungle Lodge offers daily.


 

ECO-SUSTAINABLE HOTEL IN IGUAZÚ

We bring you a fully eco-sustainable hotel in, surrounded by a private nature reserve on the shore of Laguna de los Pájaros in communion with the Biocentro Iguazú Theme Park.


Pueblito Iguazú Theme Hotel was born from the dream of its creator and its subsequent desire as a nature student and lover to bring it to life. Its design recreates some cultural historical monuments of Puerto Iguazú, created by the architect Alejandro Bustillo, such as the chapel, the Iguazú National Park and the school, among others.

The theme decoration was made by local artisans and plastic artists, highlighting the flora and fauna of the ecosystem in which the hotel is based on works of stained glass, stone and paintings. 

El Pueblito not only deserves to be visited because of its magical natural and biodiverse environment, or by its cozy and comfortable rooms. What makes it even more special is its sustainability policy, planned and updated every year. It contains programs, objectives and actions to follow according to the mission, vision and values ​​that identify and characterize the hotel.

Its development is based on innovative and sustainable practices, which seek to influence different actors in the sector and society where it acts, to generate value in all its stakeholders.

Understanding that economic development must be in harmony with welfare and social inclusion, and with the valorization, conservation and defense of the environment and the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the region where the activity takes place, El Pueblito has reinforced its commitment to sustainability with these actions:

  • Establishing a sustainable management of the processes, based on a balance between the business, sociocultural and environmental dimensions.
  • Promoting the integral development of the original communities of Puerto Iguazú taking concrete actions so that they also participate in the benefits of tourism. For example, its Panambi restaurant offers regional gourmet dishes made with ingredients from local producers, with simple and very tasty recipes from missionary immigrant colonies.

  • Supporting and respecting the protection of human rights within their sphere of influence. In this way they protect their employees and the entire local community with their Protocol of Prevention of Social Harm Behaviors, and during 2018 they protected young girls, boys and teenagers with their Protocol for the Prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents.
  • Sponsoring actions and projects for the promotion of sustainability and human development. They invite their guests to join the sustainable actions in compliance with the Responsible Tourist Code promoted by the World Tourism Organization.
  • They heat the water of their facilities only with renewable energy from solar panels and wood pellets from the residues of exotic species from the forest industry of the province of Misiones.

As you can see, El Pueblito remains busy and active in its commitment to sustainable development. For nature lovers and supporters of sustainability, this is the perfect place to rest.