At the end of 2022, Aves Argentinas (Birds of Argentina) awarded a distinction to Awasi Iguazú recognising the Yacu-i Reserve as an important site for the conservation of the yacutinga bird.
What is the yacutinga?
It is a large bird with striking colouring (as pictured below). The yacutinga is endemic to the Atlantic Forest (it is found in the Misiones Province, and small parts of neighbouring Brazil and Paraguay).
In english it is known as the Jacutinga or black-fronted piping guan.
In 2021, it was declared a Natural Monument of the Province of Misiones to encourage its protection. Its preferred habitat is near a stream or watershed, and sadly it is in danger of extinction.
The main threats to the wellbeing of the yacutinga is poaching and changes to its territory by deforestation, which is why the protection of the ecosystem is key.
Recognition from Aves Argentinas
What is Aves Argentinas?
Aves Argentinas is one of the most important NGOs in Argentina, established over one hundred years ago.
It has more than 3,000 partners and works to protect wild birds and nature throughout the country.
The Sounds of the Atlantic Rainforest
Aves Argentinas is a member of BirdLife International, the world’s largest network of nature conservation organizations, contributing to habitat conservation by identifying, monitoring and restoring important areas for bird conservation.
They protect sites and promote the care of these key areas for biodiversity, promoting public policies and generating urban reserves and National Parks.
In addition, they actively participate in rescuing endangered species, running courses and promoting tourism in nature and conservation.
The Awasi Nature Reserve
What is Yacu-i?
The Yacu-i Reserve, is one of the territories that Awasi preserves and protects.
It is of vital importance for the conservation of the yacutinga for several reasons: above all, the land lies adjacent to the Iguazu National Park, which is also protected meaning that there is plenty of safe territory.
The Iguazu National Park, home to the famous Iguazu Falls, spans 677 km2 (261 sq mi) and has many workers and guides who work together to protect the area.
Therefore, the entry of hunters or other threats to that area is minimal. In addition, the topography of the area is ideal for the yacutinga, as it has several streams and rivers, as well as the lush native Atlantic Rainforest.
Awasi Iguazu is 15 minutes from the Iguazu Falls, a sustainable lodge built on stilts to protect the surrounding flora. With just 14 villas, our ethos is low impact tourism, and we take our guests off the beaten track, inspiring them to protect nature.