Yassy. The waterfall a few minutes from Iguazú, which is only accessible by water and allows you to bathe almost alone
Nothing more magnetic than seeing the water fall, but much better if one can cool off under that waterfall, and much more, if the proposal is to do it practically alone. Some of that is proposed by the unexplored and increasingly renowned Yasy jump, from Puerto Libertad, in misions. It is 40 minutes from the impressive Iguazú Falls and integrates the global proposal of the most visited National Park in our country, and the second oldest, created just after the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
How do you get there? Visiting it is simple, but no less adventurous than what one might intuit beforehand. To begin, Yasy Falls can only be accessed by waterway. In other words, to enjoy it you have to take a boat or kayak –or both– that ends up nearby. For that you have to navigate the Paraná river and then get into the Yasy stream, which in Guarani means “moon”. Then it will appear in the distance and you will have to approach it for a few minutes until you have it close. It is worth noting that the entrance curve that the stream proposes on the Paraná can present a small, but very nice and tempting, sandy beach. Don’t be fooled: nothing on the Paraná coast at these heights invites you to swim, taking into account the depth of the river, which can reach 80 meters and transports thirteen million liters of water per second.
Returning to the Yasy, once you have the jump in front of you, the boat or kayak can be moored to the bank of the creek. From there small trails emerge that border the water and allow access to a stony sector that precedes the large hole that forms the waterfall, and that joins the stream. It’s just a couple of minutes walk through the paraná jungle among palm trees, the ambay, nettles, reeds, zebrinas, bignoniaceae, orchids and bromeliads, to name some of the local flora.
It is among those basalt rocks where one can make a base to contemplate the jump. Ideal for a picnic – without leaving any residue! – and embarking on the adventure of an unprecedented dive. Between the stone, the floor of the hole – with sectors deeper than others – will feel like a mattress of algae and moss. Then advancing to the basalt wall and bathing under the falling water is an unmissable plan. Everything always subject to the height of the river and the rains. Because in just hours, and depending on nature, everything can change in the jungle.
Although the Yasy waterfall can be reached independently, due to its location in the jungle, due to the urgent need for a water vehicle and because it may be necessary to expertise from a guide, the recommendation is to hire an excursion to get to know it. This was, in fact, how PLACES reached the Yasy waterfall, with Gaston Gobeta and Marcos Venialgo, guides from Hostería Puerto Bemberg, the historic lodging that is close to the jump. It is this missionary property that has the most accessible port to go down to the Paraná and retrace it for twenty minutes until you find the stream that leads to the waterfall. Also from La Lorenza, the reserve of the photographer and conservationist Emilio White, you can hire a tour to get to the Yasy waterfall. And even a few other hotel ventures in Iguazú coordinate the tour.
Beyond the beauty and abundance that the jump proposes, a story linked to the world of erotic cinema adds value to the site. According to locals, that was where Isabel “La Coca” Sarli starred Indiahis third film with Armando Bo –his great love–, in 1960. They say that alerted by the result and the repercussions it had The thunder between the leaves, from 1958, in which the actress put her body on the first film nude in our country, filmed inside the Iguazú National Park, for these new scenes another location had to be found. Then Bo and her team would have resorted to some jump in the jungle where India, this daughter of a cacique, could display her sensuality without being seen. Due to its proximity and few people, the Yasy jump was a find. And “La Coca” Sarli continued to feed fantasies throughout Latin America, while the falling water bathed her curves, so that many of the filmed scenes came to light and many others were censored.
How did the actress ever remember that jungle experience? “Women began to admire me from India”, he said on the show has the word, in 2010. “Now there is no problem with nudity, but then… It was a scandal. I was featured in Time magazine and in Life. My mom got mad when she was told that I had done a nude and she wanted to get me out of there. But Armado told her that she had signed a contract. I had been told that he was going to wear a flesh-colored leotard, but the flesh-colored mesh never appeared in the jungle…”, he recounted mischievously at the time. Thus the legend of this little explored corner of an impressive and rich Misiones increased.
How to get
JetSmart. T: (11) 2206-7799. www.jetsmart.com.ar. From Buenos Aires to Iguazú, round trip, from $6,300with rates and taxes.
Where to sleep
Hostería Puerto Bemberg. Founders Bemberg s/n. T: (3757) 49-6500. IG: @puerto_bemberg. www.puertobemberg.com. Less than an hour from the Iguazú Falls, it has 14 rooms in two connected wings, and a spacious Casa Bemberg that can be rented in its entirety, to accommodate a maximum of 12 people in five rooms. It is a hotel with a rich history, linked to the beginnings of the mate industry in the province, at the hands of the German businessman Otto Bemberg. It has very good cuisine and excellent coordination of activities. The star ride of the place is the Yasy jump. Since $10,800 the double with breakfast at the inn. Home, $54,000 per night with breakfast. Consult additional lunch and dinner.