Posadas was originally a town called Anunciacion de Itapúa in the early 17th Century, but this was renamed in 1879 after the Supreme Director of the Argentine Confederation, Gervasio Antonio de Posadas. In 1884, Posadas became the provincial capital of Misiones. Major areas of industry are construction, tobacco, food, furniture and textiles. It has a population of over 300,000. The city is about 1,300 kilometres from Buenos Aires. Regular services between Buenos Aires and Posadas are made through the General Jose de San Martin Airport which is approximately 7 kilometres from the latter.
Many travellers stop at Posadas en route to the world famous Iguazu Falls, which has its Argentinean access point in the same province of Misiones. The Iguazu Falls have often been named as the most beautiful waterfalls in the world – you may recognize them from numerous jigsaw puzzles! If you enjoyed the scenery in the film, The Mission, hire a car in Posadas and drive through the surrounding region for views of natural splendours as well as vestiges of the Jesuit legacy. The drive from Posadas to Puerto Iguazu covers some 300 kilometres of paved roads and takes about four and a half hours.
Stop on your drive to visit the Jesuit ruins of San Ignacio Mini, which were named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Although indigenous habitation of Posadas can be traced back 10,000 years, the rise in population in Posadas can be linked to the missionary work in the 17th and 18th century, but the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1768 led to turmoil and change. The Mission at San Ignacio Mini, which used to house some three thousand, was then completely abandoned. The ruins today are still an awe-inspiring place to visit, but as there is a lot of ground to cover, good walking shoes are recommended.
Posadas, which is on the left river banks of the Parana River, is opposite the city of Encarnacion which is in the neighbouring country of Paraguay. Both cities are connected by the San Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz Bridge which was completed in 1990. Throughout the cities’ histories, population flows have moved from one settlement to the other depending on political and military circumstances. Foreigners often stop in Posadas to obtain their same-day visa for onward travel to Paraguay. Posadas has many restaurants and bars for dining and wining. A great place to visit would be La Costanera (i.e. the river walk) as there are interesting river views from the restaurants while you eat. On a clear day, you can see Encarnacion. Try the Argentinean drink, Maté - you can even drive to mate plantations nearby to find out more about this popular beverage. You can get a car for Rent in Posadas where Eco-tourism is gaining ground in this region, and you can stay at the lodges or ranches that cater to this market, for example in the town of Esteros de Iberá. The sub-tropical climate in Misiones has an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, which results in lush vegetation and an abundance of wildlife.
Rent a car in Posadas to see the many natural features like lakes and wetlands, and a copious amount of flora and fauna. The skies are populated by over 400 species of birds, together with butterflies of many hues. There are also over a 100 species of fish which also allow avid anglers to enjoy their sport. Drive some 5 kilometres from Posadas to the city of Villa Dolores; where besides the industries provided by wine and potatoes, tourism is a major contributor as there are fabulous mountain views of the Cordoba range. There are many hidden rivers here, with some of the purest fresh water, provided from the mountain tops. Posadas – the gateway to a wonderful journey of natural beauties and a bygone era.
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