Puerto Valle occupies a remote spot on the banks of the Rio Parana, bordering the Ibera Wetlands, offering a peaceful location to relax and observe the fascinating wildlife living in Argentina's largest protected conservation area.
The estancia's deep yellow, colonial manor house sits within 14 hectares of landscaped parkland and features a cosy library and elegant drawing room with large windows and balconies from which to look over the river. Two of the more traditionally designed rooms sit within the manor house, while eight contemporary-style riverside rooms take inspiration from mid-century Scandinavian design, each with its own private terrace.
All the activities offered by the estate relate to the river, estancia and the wetlands. Head out on a riverboat or kayak for a guided tour along the tranquil waterways reaching into the verdant Paranaense forest. The forest boasts more than fifty tree species per hectare, resulting in a rich ecosystem home to myriad birds and roaring howler monkeys. You may also wish to explore Laguna Valle by boat, where you may be lucky enough to encounter capybaras, marshland deer, neotropical otters and silently, lurking caimans. After a busy day of wildlife observation, take time out to relax by the pool or under the shady palapa.
An organic garden sits next to the manor house, where herbs and vegetables are grown for the restaurant's kitchen. The chef highlights local ingredients in his dishes such as river fish and tropical and citrus fruits, which have been part of local cuisine for centuries. Using contemporary techniques, the menu offers a choice of dishes perfectly matched with a fine wine menu, featuring some of the best labels in Argentina. Homemade pastries take a starring role during breakfast and afternoon tea, including the must-try local classic - chipá (cheese bun).
Lovers of the great outdoors
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take a rejuvenating dip in the swimming pool before winding down under the shaded palapa
Look out for the region’s vibrant display of birdlife and other fascinating wetlands creatures
Explore the hotel’s 14 hectares of mesmerising natural landscapes, including a visit to the tree nursery
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Traverse the verdant plains and expansive marsh lands of the Laguna Valle on a guided 4x4 safari
Enjoy a tranquil kayaking expedition through the wetlands
View the scenery from a different perspective on horseback
Sip cocktails on a sunset cruise of the Rio Parana or Laguna Valle
Discover the fascinating Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio Mini, declared a Cultural Heritage Site of Humanity by UNESCO
Try your hand at fly fishing on the Parana River
Visit Yerba Mate, the largest producer of mate in Argentina
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