San Ignacio Travel Guide

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San Ignacio Things to Do

  • some old trees

    For some strange reason I spent a lot of time admiring the trees around the ruins... some of them were old some of them just beautiful… A lot of yerba mate also everywhere…. In general lots of photo opportunities here.

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  • San Ignacio Ruins

    The ruins of the mission are atmospheric and evocative, with the striking red buildings blending in well against the surrounding green grass (there's a lot of rain here, or there was plenty at least when we visited).Without a guide to explain the history to us, we could only wander around the ruined buildings and wonder about their history. Most of...

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  • Jesuit-Guarani Interpretative Centre

    The Jesuit-Guarani Interpretative Centre (to give it it's full name) is basically a museum of the ruins, which you can visit with the ticket for the ruins. It contains an informative model showing how the ruins looked in the 18th century before they fell into ruin. There are also interesting exhibits on the Jesuits and on Guarani people and...

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  • the main gate of the church

    The main gate was the gate of the church and it’s impressive because of the strange sculptures on it, the angels etc The interior of the church is under construction. This building was the biggest one, most of the other building are the houses that were small enough, just a room most of the times.

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  • the ruins

    After the museum you can walk (there is a guide every 30’ but only in Spanish) inside the town, see the ruins, the walls, feel the atmosphere etc Its better to read first some things about the place because otherwise you will just walk among the ruins taking photos without any reason… I was impressed about this strange experiment that the Jesuits...

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  • the museum

    The entrance fee for the ruins is 12pesos(2,2euros) includes the museum that is next to the main gate. It’s small (no more than 15’ to walk around and read the info signs) but you have a first impression about Guarani’s life, there is a scale model of the town etc There is a 5’ video about Guarani and also some audio sables of that era (music etc)

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  • Ruinas Jesuíticas

    Específicamente lo que se puede hacer en este lugar es visitar las ruinas de lo que en algún momento, hace muchos años, fue donde se asentaron los misioneros jesuitas.Es un lugar muy lindo y bastante grande, hay sombras de árboles frutales autóctonos y se respira paz.Muchos puestitos para comprar artesanías.Recomiendo llevar mucha agua, no es un...

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  • Monogamy

    The natives practiced the polygamy; the Jesuits, of course, preached (and imposed) the monogamy... Everywhere at the ruins you will see sculptures of hippocampus, the symbol of faithfulness.I do not know if these sculptures were successfull... especially if we consider the Guarani people had hardly met a hippocampus in the jungle!Los nativos...

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  • Just for me!

    The natives' houses were separated, depending on the marital status: for families, for single men and for widowed women; all the houses were low, because the natives were really short... Actually, I think they were normal size... just like me! Las casas de los nativos estaban separadas según el estado civil: para familias, para solteros y para...

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San Ignacio Restaurants

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    by la_beba Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Someone had a laugh at Don Valentin's slogan: "Excellence in Gastronomic Services"
    But indeed, I would give anything... ANYTHING! just to be back on that afternoon in front of the ruins of San Ignacio Mini, at Don Valentin's restaurant, having some "milanesas y papas fritas" and enjoying one of the best days of my life!

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San Ignacio Transportation

  • Getting to San Ignacio

    There is no shortage of buses on the route from Posadas to Puerto Iguazu, and all of these buses pass by San Ignacio. Not all buses enter the town, but all will pass by on the highway, from where it's a short walk to the town and then onto the ruins, which are close to the centre. The main bus stop in town seems to be outside the church. From San...

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  • by bus to San Ignacio

    It’s only 45’ by bus from Posadas but probably you will visit San Ignacio as a day trip from Puerto Iguazu like me. There is a bus from Puerto Iguazu (almost every hour) but it takes 5’ hours. The ticket is 25 pesos(5euros) which means 50pesos for a return ticket. I paid 100pesos for the tour bus and the ride was 3 hours and we had an extra stop at...

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  • Going to San Ignacio

    San Ignacio is located on the National Road No. 12, which goes through the whole province from Posadas to the Iguazú water falls and the brazilian border. It is well signed out and the road passes the ruins.

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San Ignacio Shopping

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    by mindcrime Written Apr 19, 2008

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    There are several small talls near the museum to buy souvenirs, wooden handcrafts etc. The prices are cheap, very cheap to buy at least one small item for every friend of you back home :)

    What to buy: Small wooden magnets, leather wallets and stuff like that, maybe touristic but smal enough to fill up the free space of your luggage.

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San Ignacio Local Customs

  • Along the road

    All along the national road you will see many sawmills; the timber industry is one of the most actives in Province of Misiones. Eucalyptus, tea and yerba mate plantations take up thousands of hectares.A lo largo de la ruta nacional verán muchos aserraderos; la industria maderera es una de las más activas de la Provincia de Misiones. Plantaciones de...

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  • Beggars

    Near the Ruins you will find a lot of children begging for some coins or even food; some of them sell little stones or plants, but some others just ask you for money. The Province of Misiones has not escaped from the economical crisis; on the contrary, here you can see one of the saddest faces of the poverty. Cerca de las Ruinas encontrarán un...

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San Ignacio Warnings and Dangers

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    by MEdelmann Written Nov 12, 2002

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    BEWARE of going there at NOON or in the EARLY AFTERNOON! IT IS EXTREMLY HOT THERE! We came there in the morning and it was hot enough! So if you have problems with your circulation, you should visit it in the early moring or late afternoon.

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San Ignacio Tourist Traps

  • Fee to get into the Ruins of San Ignacio

    If you are not South American you will be charged 12 pesos to enter the ruins. South Americans pay 6. If you are going in a group, have a south american go pay and say you are all South Americans, then you can get in for less.

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  • The kids of San Ignacio

    If you are driving to San Ignacio. There will be some kids that are really sweet when you pull up, offerring to wash your car or your windows, selling you rocks, and offering to watch your car. They don't ask for anything and seem innocent enough at first. They, however, are not so innocent and pleasant if you come out and don't give them some...

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San Ignacio What to Pack

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    by andal13 Written Jun 18, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was in San Ignacio during the fall, and it was really hot and damp... The visit to the Mission takes some hours, and you have to walk under the sun, so wear appropriate clothes.

    Estuve en San Ignacio durante el otoño, y estaba realmente caluroso y húmedo... La visita a las Misiones lleva algunas horas, y deberán caminar bajo el sol, por lo que lleven la ropa adecuada.

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San Ignacio Off The Beaten Path

  • "The madman of the motorbike"

    The residents of San Ignacio called Horacio Quiroga "el loco de la moto" (the madman of the motorbike) because he had a Harley Davidson, which was something really odd... Those people had never seen a motorbike (and probably they had not seen a car neither) so the eccentric writer riding that weird horse would look like an alien...Los habitantes de...

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  • The desk

    Inside Quiroga's house there are some stuff which belonged to the famous writer, like his desk and chair, where he wrote his best stories; the typewriter is a replica. Far from the house there is a room where you can see his tools, some pictures and manuscripts.Dentro de la casa de Quiroga hay varios objetos que pertenecieron al famoso escritor,...

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  • Horacio Quiroga's House (III)

    In order to make his young second wife feel good in the middle of the jungle, Horacio Quiroga built the second house more comfortable and modern than the first cabin; the bathroom had all the "amenities" that an urban girl needed, as a toilet, a bidet and a bathtube; he also built a small pool outside where she could cool of... When she abandoned...

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San Ignacio Favorites

  • Red soil

    I grew up reading Horacio Quiroga's stories about the jungle and the wild animals, so the landscape of Province of Misiones always was in my imagination... This was my first (and short) visit to the real Misiones, and the scenery dazzled me: the red soil, the lush vegetation, the mythical Parana river... A symphony in red, green and blue.Crecí...

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  • Some basic information

    Situated at 63 km north of Posadas and 237 km from the Iguazú water falls. The population´s (8000 people) main productive activities are "mate-tea", pine forestration and tourism. More Information: Municipalidad de San Ignacio, phone: 0752-70019 / 70130, C.P. 3322

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