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Oct 26, 2010 - Trinidad

Countryside totally agricultural, mostly huge farms, lots of wealthy landowners it appears to me. Seems to be some German influence (saw an election banner promoting 'Valter Mensch'!). The bus is a semi local long distance one - we left an hour after it was scheduled to leave (10:10) and it took over an hour of very sloooow to creeping driving to get out of C. del Este, picking up passengers along the way. Once we got to wide open farm land tho, the driver's foot became leaden and the bus was suddenly jet propelled, ha! Beautiful, sunny...

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South America Plus

Aug 2, 2008 - Paraguay

Day 21 Crossing the border into Paraguay was... interesting. It wasn´t hard to tell we had entered a country where backpackers are supposedly rarer than jaguars - if Brazil was civil and organised, Paraguay was impoverished and anarchy. Fortunately we didn´t stick around in Ciudad del Este, getting the first available bus towards Encarnacion and the Jesuit ruins we had come to see. Britt bribed (Paraguayan past time) the drivers assistant to let us put our bags inside the bus (the luggage store was half under oil) and Johan (Norwegian...

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Jan 9, 2007 - San Ignacio Mini, Argentina

Since we were this far north, we decided to visit the ruins of the Jesuit Missions at San Ignacio Miní which has some of the best preserved Jesuit ruins in South America. The ruins here and in three nearby towns have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We based ourselves in Posades, the capital of the Argentine province of Misiones and took a local bus early the next morning to the village of San Ignacio Mini. The bus dropped us off at a lonely dusty crossroads in the middle of the town and after getting a few conflicting directions...

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Aug 19, 2006 - Wanda Mines, San Ignacio Mini, and the bus to Buenos Aires

We had a long journey from Puerto de Iguazu to Buenos Aires so it was great to be able to break it up and see something interesting at the same time. Our driver Lito picked us up at 8am in the bus station in Puerto Iguazu. He was a lovely man who had a great love for his Mate. Mate is a nacional drink in Argentina. Its a tea like leaf that is served in a wooden cup. The cup is filled with mate leaves and then warm water put on top. The drink is sipped through a metal straw with fresh water applied regularly. Our driver Lito carried his...

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Linda and Donal 2006

May 12, 2006 - The Dam!!!

mwahahaha... so here we are taking an entire day out of our failry compacted schedual. we wanted nothing more then to see the worlds LARGEST dam! Well resevior at least. So we plan this big side trip that is more or less a full day detour only to realize when we arrive for our free tour that we are actually at the wrong dam... Not that it was a total loss. The dam itself was very interesting. It had a chamber thingy for moving large cargo ships, a fish elevator for spawning, and all sorts of neato damn gagetry that would likely interest...

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Apr 21, 2006 - San Ignacio Mini - Jesuits' Missiones

21/4 Boy did it rain in the night. It woke us up at 6 with lightning. We where going to leave early for San Ignacio Mini, but as its still raining we wait it out. At 10am it's still raining but we decide to go anyway. Dig out the waterproofs and go to buy 2 silly umbrelas and head out of town on the bus abort. 1hr to the ruins. When we get there its empty. Still raining. Walk the couple of blocks to the ruins. Pay our 12 pesos find out no English guide is available, but the tickets are valid for 15 days. Yey. We show ourselves round a...

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Tripping 2005/06

Jan 23, 2006 - Posadas, Argentina

my time in posadas was spent touring old jesuit missions. the jesuits constructed several missions in present day argentina, paraguay, brasil and bolivia shortly after colonization. think the movie the Mission with Robert Dinero. if you haven't seen it crawl out from under your rock and rent it. i think it won an oscar for something back in the 80's. the missions were extremely successful both economically and in bringing both worlds together by peaceful means. one of the finest examples of a successful utopian society. they were so...

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Nov 13, 2005 - Argentina - Provincia de Misiones - San Ignacio de Miní

¡Hola! We spent a lovely day visiting the ruins of San Ignacio de Mini. In a nutshell, the (hi)story goes as follows... The Guaranies were happily living in peace in the jungle when the Jesuits decided they needed to be "re-educated" into Catholicism. So the Guaranies were put in monasteries and their life style was changed drastically. To be completely honest, their coexistence with the Jesuits was pretty peaceful, which cannot be said about the Spaniards (who came to this area after their King expelled the Jesuits from his kingdom) since...

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RTW 2005

Nov 7, 2005 - A mini mission

On the wrong time again! So got up an hour too early for breakfast. In the bus station, everyone (as they do all over the place in Argentina) is drinking mate tea out of their special little bowls with straws. Many public places have huge hot water urns in order to keep the mate brewing. Also read in my book about this enormous dam near here, that flooded a set of falls even better than Iguazu! How could that happen?! (Don't tell me, I know how, it was a rhetorical question and an expression of shock). So off I go to San Ignacio to see one...

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Oct 1, 2005 - Trinidad & Jesus Jesuit Missions

We arrived in Paraguay this morning after a successful border crossing from Posadas, Argentina and the use of 3 buses! We have a clean hostel near the bus station and, once checked in, we took a bus to Trinidad - a UNESCO world heritage site. Trinidad is supposedly Paraguay's best preserved Jesuit reduccion. We then hitched a lift the 12km to nearby Jesus - a completed reconstruction of the Jesuit mission. We were the only visitors at this site! A very relaxing day!

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Aug 6, 2005 - Sahkon ja Jesuiittojen jaljilla

Posadasin kaupunki sijaitsee aivan Argentiinan ja Paraguayn rajalla. Alueelta loytyy mm. maiden yhteinen hanke Yacyretán vesivoimalaitos, seka runsaasti muinaisia Jesuiittojen lahetysasemien raunioita. Kavimme kiertokaynnilla Yacyretán vesivoimalassa (15.7.) Argentiinan puolelta Ituzaingón kaupungista. Uteliaat paasivat katsomaan suunnatonta patoa ja turbiineja minibussien kyydissa projektin PR-toimistolta, jonka nahdessaan alan ammattilainen pyortyisi. Ankea huone, muutama suttuinen valokuva seinalla ja naytettavana videonauha, joka sekin...

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Jul 11, 2005 - Argentina- Iguazu Falls

Iguazu was amazing...as much as I am impressed by large cities and monuments they always pale in comparison to the natural wonders of the world...like a sweet bread breakfast...my camera ran out of bateries as I got to the falls so I have to download Kate and Erin's photos.. :( I do have some decent aproach shots though that I will put up..

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