The Iguazú River, which means large water in Guaraní, crosses the ancient South American jungle and abruptly fall into an abyss of more than 80 meters deep. From the deep natural gorge rises towards the sky a white cloud from which iridescent rainbows emerge. The swift flutter of water courses down the falls, as the incessant sound of falling water traverses through the lush jungle. In this paradisiacal place stands the exclusive Hotel Gran Meliá Iguazú.
The Iguazu Falls have recently been distinguished as one of the New Wonders of the World. They are protected, together with the surrounding Paranaense Forest, under the status of a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is the largest set of waterfalls in the world with a wide range of 2,700 meters in length, and 275 waterfalls.
Hotel Gran Meliá Iguazú: Rest and Relaxation in the Jungle
The hotel, which is located within Iguazú National Park, has some of the most famous and breathtaking views of the Iguazú Falls. It is an ideal place to enjoy outdoor activities, relaxation and meditation. The hotel also boasts large gardens with swimming pools, rest areas and luxury services, characteristics that traditionally distinguish the international hotel chain.
As a result of being located within the protected area of the Iguazú National Park, the hotel must comply with strict regulations regarding the preservation of the environment and landscape. Such programs include, microbiological control in the rooms through the monitoring of ozone levels and an ionization system for the treatment of pool water.
The rooms, modern and comfortable, overlook the waterfalls and jungle. Travelers often highlight the hotel’s relaxing spa, which includes luxury treatments based on natural products. As for some of the main attractions, the Iguazú Casino, is one of the most important casinos in Latin America. Gastronomy is also one of the aspects that distinguishes the Gran Meliá Iguazú by offering guests the best international cuisine mixed with local ingredients.
Although the Iguazú Falls are located in a remote jungle area on the border between Brazil and Argentina, a new air route will connect Iguazú with Europe directly. Currently, several airlines arrive daily to Iguazú from different points of Argentina and Latin America. However, this new route will allow guests to arrive at the Waterfalls by navigating the mythical Rio de la Plata and the Paraná, from Buenos Aires.
Enjoy the jungle
The local climate is tropical and humid with average temperatures of 75ºF in the summer and 57ºF in the winter. Abundant rainfall in summer stimulates the exuberance of jungle flora but does not prevent tourists from enjoying the surrounding natural environment.
The trees of the Paranaense jungle usually reach 131 feet in height. At its base are an array of proliferate ferns, wild orchids and shrubs that help create the habitats of small friendly and cute monkeys, colorful toucans, diversity of birds and small mammals such as agouti, coatis, corzuelas (small deer) and lizards, among other animal species. The emblematic bird of the Falls is the waterfall swift, who is known for nesting on the rocks behind the torrential waterfalls, amazing visitors with its low flight through the waterfalls of the Garganta del Diablo. ■