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South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas February 1st 2012

Day 109 Saturday 28th January We had once again overstayed a town by a day or two and could have easily scampered yesterday but we not only had the hotel booked but we also had a tour for tomorrow so we were sort of trapped. After breakfast we had another look over the town but of course discovered nothing had changed. The heat and humidity in this corner of the world is stifling and although Shelley copes with it really well, I just melt into a puddle. The heat soon got to me and I beat a hasty retreat back to the air conditioning in our hotel. Our room really is exceptional with huge glass doors that open onto a long balcony that overlooks the town and across the river to Paraguay. We spent ... read more
Saltos del Mocona
Saltos del Mocona
Saltos del Mocona

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas January 28th 2012

Day 105 Tuesday 24th January To Paraguay or not that is today’s decision from Posadas we can get a day tour to the Jesuit missions just across the border, but the only problem is we need a visa. First thing this morning we went to the small Paraguay consulate two blocks from our hotel to investigate the costs and the procedures. The consulate was near the shops and just looked like a small house with a door near the footpath, and it was so nondescript that we actually passed it before we realised. There were no guards out the front and when we gingerly opened the door we were greeted by a young woman sitting behind a small desk. She couldn’t speak English and had to go out the back and get a guy ... read more
Paraguay
Santa Ana
Santa Ana

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas January 24th 2012

Day 101 Friday 20th January I (Scott) had a really dodgy stomach all night, which is the first bad case I have had this trip so at least I waited till day 101. Woke up in the morning feeling like crap and felt even worse after breakfast of tea and stale croissants. Took a little while to get moving but I was determined that I wouldn’t let it stop us from doing things and today we had decided to take an excursion out of town. The lovely lady at the tourist information booth at the bus station had told us how we could get a public bus to the nearby town of Real de San Carlos so we headed off to the street corner where we were able to hail the bus. The journey ... read more
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas November 9th 2011

Hello friends and family! I know its been a little while since our last blog entry but hopefully thats given the slow readers group a chance to catch up with our last three mega-entries. If you´d have sat me down before I left and said that I would write one blog entry of nearly four-thousand words, I would have given you a gentle slap on the face before wiping away the tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks. Anyway I diverge from the subject...where are we, what have we been doing and (probably my biggest question) what the hell are we doing here? The answers are simple; 1) Posadas, north-east Argentina 2) Trying to teach something resembling English to a mixture of 10, 11, 12 and 13 year olds, 3) I have know idea, and apparently ... read more
Lack of a park...mate drinking on the roadside
Outside our school
The best classroom in the school

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas October 23rd 2011

Hola chicos. Time for another update. We arrived in Posadas at 5am this morning, much to the delight of our i-to-i co-ordinator and our new landlady. It´s been 37C today and the mosquitos are ferocious this evening. We´ve been told that due to mass teacher strikes our school timetable has been reduced as they need to focus on core curriculum. Fine by us! Our co-ordinators mum is a Spanish teacher, so we´ve decided to put in a few hours a week and try and nail this language malarkey. I think the teaching plan is... full day on Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, and then Thursday /Friday morning. Kids only go to school either in the morning or the afternoon - never both. We’re liking this lifestyle already! Anyway, we better go through the last 10 days... ... read more
Cementario de la Recoleta
Cementario del Recoleta
Caminito, La Boca

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas February 23rd 2011

…..and now you understand why I am currently writing to you from Argentina!!! Did not expect to be here at this point, or really to visit Posadas at all (which is, of course, just across the border from Encarnación) but it’s been nice! We stayed with a sweet older lady and her family, who run Residential Misiones, a no-frills but clean and very pleasant guest house. Her son was nice enough to give us a free ride to the bus station, speaking slowly so we could understand him, and sharing his maté with us (everyone down here carries a cup, filter-type straw, and pitcher and drinks it all day). Posadas is also a friendly town, a little heavier on the begging, especially with the children who come right up to your table and ask if they ... read more
Posadas, Argentina
Posadas, Argentina
Posadas, Argentina

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas September 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 ... read more
Posadas Plaza
More San Ignacio Mission Ruins
Bed Bus

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas August 20th 2010

Ah, the romance of train travel. Many had warned me to take the faster 13-hour, luxurious bus ride replete with wine and meals, from Buenos Aires to its terminus in Posadas. But no, I needed to stretch my little pot of gold, so that it would last three years. At 11 pm, the impressively named, but quite ancient Gran Capitan, packed to the gills, chugged off on its supposed 24-hour journey to Posadas. I was seated next to a broken window that admitted a stream of freezing night air and amidst a gaggle of adolescent brothers off on a holiday. After our introductions, the boys settled in for a festive night of joking around and playing footsie with me in our cold, tight quarters. The respiratory affliction that had been creeping up on me in the ... read more
Mate man and friends
Government House on the plaza
Main Plaza of 9th of July

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas March 8th 2010

Posadas Posadas is placed at the shores of the Parana river and has a nice Costanera. I didn't spend too much time here. Instead, I used it as a base point from which to visit San Ignacio. If you follow the Costanera you will eventually get to the Puente Internacional which connects with Paraguay, right across the river. It's a very large, impressive bridge. San Ignacio The whole area around San Ignacio and Posadas is famous for the jesuit missions it holds. These not only in Argentina, but also in neighbouring Brazil and Paraguay. Of these the most well-known and well-kept is in San Ignacio. The bus dropped us off at a tourism agency where the people were very kind in giving us all the info we needed and some more (they had to sell SOMETHING). ... read more
San Ignacio
national park adventure
national park adventure

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Posadas March 3rd 2010

Posadas - not much to say because there´s not much going on. This is a very small town that - as far we can tell - doesn´t see a lot of tourists. The people however are very friendly and, despite there not being much to do, it has been a really nice place to relax for a few days. We arrived in Posadas by bus (5 hours) from Puerto Iguazú in the afternoon of the 28th. We caught a taxi into town with a couple (Ashley and Katka) from Australia/Czech Republic and ended up spending the evening having dinner and drinks with them. Very friendly people which made for a fun night. We also met a guy from the US (David) who we´ve had dinner with a couple times. Funny how the only English-speaking tourists in ... read more
Posadas
Posadas
Posadas




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