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Published: March 18th 2012
Awake bright and early....... well early! Tent packed away in a none-too neat bundle but fitted into the bag and away by 6.30 am. We set up the gas burners and put the kettle on so at least we would get cooks' treat of 3 cups of coffee. Cereals, yoghurt and some melon amd pears and apples cut up. Alll healthy stuff but we would have liked something different as it was more or less the same every day. We would have been happy to cook something different if there had been time but had been advised this was a 'get up and go brekkie'. On the road by 8.00 am and the weather was becoming much hotter. We stopped for the usual comfort breaks then lunch at San Ignacio de Mini where there were also ruins of a Jesuit mission. The museum was quite interesting and the Guide was OK but not that informative other than the fact it was 45 degrees last week so todays 32ish is quite mild by comparison. There were examples of Guarani (the native people) music at the time and examples of Jesuit music. The Jesuit music was really lovely, baroque sounding choral music and
I was quite happy liistening to it until Ed dragged me of to look at something else which wasn't nearly as interesting.......... The Museum was even more imteresting to the group as it has air con and it was so hot outside! San Ignacio Miní
was one of the many missions founded in 1632 by the Jesuits in the Americasduring the Spanish colonial period near present-day San Ignacio valley.
The original mission was erected near the year 1610 by priests José Cataldino and Simón Maceta in the region called Guayra by the natives and La Pinería
by the Spanish conquistores Because of the constant attacks of the Portuguese Bandeirantes, the mission first moved in 1632, and didn't settle in its current location until 1696, and was called San Ignacio Miní.
In the 18th century the mission had a population of around 3000 people, and a rich cultural and handicraft activity, which was commercialized through the nearby Parana River. After the Suppression of the Society of Jesus of 1767, the Jesuits left the mission a year later, and the mission finally destroyed in 1817, as well as other missions in the area. (picture taken from Wikipedia!! - not one of ours!)
San Ignacio Mini
The ruins are one of the best preserved among the several built in a territory today belonging to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
After about an hour's visit, we drove on for another 200 kms to Puerto Iguazu and checked into a very nice hostel with a huge pool, bar and restaurant and we upgraded to a double room with private facilities (a welcome change after camping the night before!)
There was then the habitual barbecue that everyone who wanted to bought meat for in the supermarket earlier. We looked at the meats and none appealed so we stuck with the salads, sweetcorn and garlic bread made to accompany the meat.
Following dinner, we put our blog up to date and went to bed at 10-00 pm.
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