The only hotel located within the Brazilian national park, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas has perhaps one of the most exclusive locations in South America. Belmond guests are the only visitors with access to the falls before and after the official nine-to-five park opening hours. Given that Iguaçu is one of South America’s most visited destinations, this is no small advantage. The sensation of standing alone by the falls in the early morning light is simply indescribable, and more than makes up for the early start.
The hotel’s architecture could perhaps best be described as 1960s Bossa Nova meets plantation chic. A baby pink paint job blends effortlessly with Portuguese tiles, vintage botanical art and antique furniture. As you would expect from a five-star Belmond property, the rooms are supremely comfortable, carrying on the colonial vibes with high windows, wooden floors, tropical print cushions and handcrafted wooden furniture.
A large outdoor swimming pool provides the perfect location to relax and soak up the surrounding tropical nature, and for those looking to decompress even further, the spa offers an extensive range of massages and treatments. Besides taking a taxi into town, in house dining is your only option here, but fortunately the two hotel restaurants are the best in the region. The more casual Ipê Grill offers a traditional Brazilian barbecue experience as well as an extensive, and daily changing, fresh buffet, that kept even our most demanding vegetarian researchers happy. Itaipu is a more formal, fine dining affair serving creative international cuisine with the falls in the background.
We are winding down after our tour of Buenos Aires at the truly delightful Legado Mitico. Absolutely everything has been perfect and exceeded expectations and we are looking forward to La Bamba tomorrow. But we wanted to especially call to your attention and thank you for our guide in Iguaçu, Tadeu. This gentleman is a warm, knowledgeable and generous soul who totally captivated us and provided us with the experience of a lifetime. The falls took on a spiritual dimension under his guidance, not to mention good fun, smiles and laughter.
Spreading the word
Tom, we have had the most wonderful holiday, quite beautifully organised by you and beautifully looked after wherever we went. Thank you a million times. We will definitely be spreading the Dehouche name about, once back in Scotland!
A Peruvian expedition
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip. The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. Your local staff helped with any issues. All your suggestions were perfect.
I will definitely use you again and recommend you to my friends.
Thank you again.
Guides that became friends
Seeing as I was a solo traveller, both Veronica and Walter helped make my visits to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu memorable and I felt I was traveling with helpful friends rather than disinterested employees. My thanks to both of them for making my visit one that I will remember for a long time!
Full marks Inca Trail
In short, it was excellent. Your suggested itinerary, accommodations, restaurants, etc. were superb. Everything went as planned. We rate the parts of the trip you were responsible for as a 10/10. The guides on the Inca trail were excellent. They were professional, attentive and observant. We would love to travel with Holger and Ceasar again. The tents and food on the trail were excellent also.
Overall, a great experience and we will be telling friends and family about Dehouche's excellent planning and execution for the trip.