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around 500km from Porto Alegre by Car or Bus, long stretch I know.
these days there is also a connection from Foz de Iguacu, through the argentine countryside, and only around 200km ..there is an other fine page here on VT, take a closer look
Updated Feb 24, 2010
and the Bridesmaid's. Margarida and I at a wedding at the Kainga tribe.
tradition had it, the woman choosen the partner and the families arranged the price. the higher the Brides social standing in the tribe, it could get expensive for the Groom
if you like the know more about the missions in South America and how the get there, the webpage below is okay
Updated Jan 18, 2006
SAN MIGUEL DAS MISSOES:I wasn't sure if to add this site here or as a travelogue,think i'll just make the intro about it here,more pics there..
San miguel is one of my favorite sites in my state,had been there thousand times and never enough.The place is quite far away from Porto Alegre.In the 17th century,the kingdom of Spain sent to this region a group of jesuits in order to convert all the GUARANIS indians,who lived there,to christianism.The main idea was not just to convert them but also to protect the other spanish villages around and the way to Assuncion and buenos Aires.
According to the story,the indians that refused to be converted were killed,and the ones that accepted became almost slaves of the kingdom.
The site was announced by the united nations as international human patrimony,you can see the vestiges of the church and the village..here an example!
Written Sep 17, 2002