This morning while Ana visited some hotels in Iguassu I went off on a little adventure tour. We drove into the forest and with a small group I did some rappelling off a 30 ft cliff and later did my first canopy zip line. That was a lot of fun. Total of nearly a 1/2 mile between three treetop stations.
In the afternoon we got picked up by another huge 4×4 truck to be transported some 100 km east to an eco lodge named Yacutinga. The lodge is located within a private jungle reserve, over 100 hectares of untouched forest, shored by Iguassu River. It was a long and bumpy ride to the lodge but we were entertained by a charismatic guide named Corino. An ornithologist by training, Corino is the main guide and activity coordinator for the lodge which main attraction is bird watching and nature walks.
After we arrived to the lodge, we were greeted with a glass of cold mate cocido and some chipa which is sort of cheese bread.
Then we had about an hour to settle in to our cottages and in the evening we listened to a brief lecture about the lodge, the preserve and activities as well as the state of the jungle and constant threat of deforestation.
After a delicious supper we went to sleep exhausted to the sound of crickets and birds.
The following day we did a couple of excursions. The morning consisted of a guided walk through the jungle with extensive explanations about plants and some bird watching. Our guide Finito even spotted a Toucan which is a pretty rare event. Then after another delicious lunch and a bit of a siesta we headed out again in the mid afternoon. This time we kayaked through the jungle on a slowly rolling San Francisco river which after about 1.5 miles joined the vast Iguassu River. By the time we got back onshore and headed back to the lodge it got dark and we experienced a bit of the night walk through the forest.
On our last day in the morning we each got to plant our own tree which is contributing to re-forestation on the preserve.
We got back to Iguassu about noon and got picked up for the airport in Foz de Iguassu on the Brazilian side for the flight to our next destination: Rio de Janeiro.