Published: September 13th 2010September 8th 2010
After an exciting but soggy start in Argentina we headed west to sleepy Posadas. A fairly small city in misiones named for the various catholic 'missions' that were housed in the area during the times of colonisation.
Posadas, recommended in the guide as a convenient base for travel to many of the ruins (see photos), like many Hispanic cities has an impressive main square complete with cathedral, coffee shops and gossiping old ladies. It also boasts a river front which looks out over the city of Encarnacion in Paraguay which made a nice way to while away a morning.
Despite all this however, it would seem it isn't such a visited destination after all, and to the population of Posadas we were fascinating.
Everywhere we went we were stared at and bombarded with strange looks, and when they realised Ellie spoke Spanish the looks turned into questions.... On more than a few occassions, just like a prized football card in a primary school show and tell session, we were brandished with pride in front of colleagues and family members and invited to local schools. (Not entirely to Ellie's dismay this did not come to fruition!)
2 days in misiones, we left our status as local celebrities behind and headed down to Buenos Aires...phew!
There are more photos below