Argentina: Mesopotamia area

Mesopotamia, an area in Argentina, is located between the Paraná and Uruguay rivers. It consists of a low mountain and hilly landscape. Read here what you can visit in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia lies to the northeast, embraced by the great rivers, the Paraná and the Uruguay

Parana

Colón/El Palmar

The holiday town of Colón, located on the banks of the Río Uruguay, has wide sandy beaches and many palm trees and has a history of more than a hundred years. The impressive cliffs and an average summer temperature of 30˚C are good for the residents. Immigrants from France and Switzerland mainly make up the 15,000 inhabitants. From Paraná you can reach Colón by bus or rental car. There are also various overnight accommodation options. Map Argentina / Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons (PD)Colón is also a starting point for excursions to the
El Palmar National Park, 60 kilometers away . Guided tours are also given in the park. The palm forest is well served by hiking trails and can be included in a day trip. River trips are organized by boat on the Río Uruguay, stone hunting and excursions to the water pigs, the largest living rodents in the world.

Esteros del Iberá

Adventure trips in the marshes of Iberá, located in the province of Corrientes. Caimans, water pigs and a tropical atmosphere are part of the photo safari , which is organized for guests of Estancias Atalaya (in Itatí) and La Pelada (in Esquina). Itatí is a very small port on the Río Paraná. The oldest building in this place was built in 1615.

Goya

The drive from Paraná to Goya is already an experience. The road leads through swamps and lemon plantations. Goya was founded in 1772 and today it is a center of rice and tobacco plantations. Palm trees invite you for walks and the city also offers numerous excursion opportunities.

Posadas

Corrientes

Corrientes, located 300 kilometers west of Posadas, is the small but modern capital of the province of Corrientes. Orange trees and acacias line the streets, which only come alive in February during Carnival. The old Francis Monastery (Mendoza 468) is one of the few well-preserved historic buildings in the city. Built from 1608 onwards, it still houses numerous relics and religious buildings from the 19th century. A specialty of the city is the river fish: for example surubí, which is fried in aluminum foil.

Jesuit reductions

From Posadas, the remains of mission stations can easily be reached by scheduled buses. Numerous travel agencies offer half-day excursions to San Ignacio Mini (55 km), the most beautiful of the reductions. San Ignacio Mini is especially famous for its buildings made of sandstone and basalt, its arcades and Indian paintings. Those who have enough time should visit Candelaria (20 km), Santa Ana (40 km) and Loreto (50 km).
From the beginning of their missions until the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767, the Christian Indian villages provided material for legends, slanders and speculation. The towns were also famous for the musicality and crafts of their residents. The border wars between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil in the 19th century eventually disrupted the buildings of the mission quarters.

Puerto Iguazu

Cataratas del Iguazú
In the Parque Nacional de Iguazú you will witness an unforgettable natural performance. The water falls from a height of 70 meters into the horseshoe-shaped ravine. The waterfalls measure 2.7 kilometers in length. In the far northeast of Argentina, 2,000 millimeters of precipitation falls annually. At night the humidity rises to 90% and the warm temperatures during the day turn the environment into a fertile greenhouse, which nature makes a true paradise. The rainforest has enormous trees up to 40 meters high: Bamboo, guavas, fruit trees and palms. Obese tapiers and small deer search the forest for fruits. Huge packs of rat pigs make the environment uncertain, and capuchin and howler monkeys live in the trees. Nine different species of marsupials feed on insects and fruits. They themselves are prey for hunting jaguar, puma, wild cats, mountain lions, ferrets, foxes and raccoons. At night the park is home to bats, which even include the blood-sucking vampire. During the day it is teeming with butterflies and birds. Parrots, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and toucans demand attention. Due to the presence of poisonous snakes, it is recommended not to wear sandals during walks through the park. In addition, a balm against mosquito bites and an ointment for their prevention are advisable.
Six different walks last from 20 minutes to 3 hours. An open, gas-powered train takes guests through the jungle to the starting point and to the 80-meter-high Garganta del Diablo waterfall .

Foz do Iguaçu

The only opportunity to fully experience all the waterfalls. That is Foz do Iguiçu, a 1.5 kilometer long road that leads to the waterfalls. There are also opportunities for helicopter tours over the amazing bodies of water.

San Ignacio Mini

You can also visit the Jesuit reduction San Ignacio Mini from Puerto Iguazú in a day excursion. The bus stops along the way at a plantation and at the Wanda gemstone mine , where mainly amethysts are extracted.

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