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Misiones

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Misiones is in the Mesopotamia region of Argentina.

Regions[edit]

Misiones belongs to the Mesopotamia region, the humid and verdant area of north-east Argentina. The landscape and its characteristics are dominated by two rivers, the Paraná River and the Uruguay River. The region is part of the Brazilian central plateau. The whole region has high rainfall, particularly in August and September, up to 2,000 mm annually. Misiones is largely covered by subtropical forest, with caiman, toucans and monkeys. Fast decomposition of organic matter gives the area a red soil with only a thin fertile layer that can easily be washed away.

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Posadas (capital of the province)
  • 2 Puerto Iguazú on the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls
  • San Ignacio Miní
  • Obera
  • Eldorado
  • Puerto Rico
  • Montecarlo
  • El Soberbio (Mocona Falls along the Uruguay River)
  • Apostoles
  • Aristobulo del Valle

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

The province has 2 main roads, one that goes along the parana River (National Road 12) and the other one that goes along the center of the province (National Road 14). Most of the traffic occurs on the Road 12 and there are constant bus services that join all the cities. The 300 km between Puerto Iguazu and Posadas can be done in 6 hours in bus or 4 hours by car. The services to other points of the province are not so often.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Do[edit]

San Ignacio Mini
  • Visit the Iguazu Falls and take the boat ride that goes underneath the falls.
  • Visit the four world heritage listed Jesuit missions: San Ignacio Miní, Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor
  • Visit the Mocona Falls (a 3km fall along the Uruguay river, near El Soberbio.
  • Try yerba mate (see how it is made and taste it at least once).

Eat[edit]

  • River Fish: pacu, surubi, dorado, etc.
  • Corn flavour dishes: chipa, chipa guazu, sopa paraguaya, etc. (The "chipa" is usually sold in the streets and in most of the bakeries).
  • Papaya Jam (usually served with cheese)

Drink[edit]

  • Mate: is a tea-like beverage made from the dried leaves of the yerba mate shrub. It is usually druk with hot water (Mate) either bitter or sweet by adding sugar, but in summer there is the cold version of it called "terere" that uses iced water or juices and is very refreshing. Finally, you can try the yerba mate tea bags (mate cocido), to which milk is usually added.

Mate relates to sharing moment with family and friends. That is why accepting a mate is a signal of friendship and education. In Misiones it replaces coffee, which is drunk by few people.

Yerba Mate at Wikipedia

Sleep[edit]

  • Stop Hostel (Stop Hostel Buenos Aires), The corner between Av. Aguirre and Brazil, Puerto Iguazú. Bar, air conditioner, pool, parties, clean bedrooms.
  • Eldorado, which is 100 km from the Iguazu Falls, has a good hotel called Hotel ACA Eldorado.

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