Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 27 Nov, 2006
Obviously, the Iguazu Falls are one of the most beautiful spots in the whole world. But Misiones has far more than that. If you have time, it is nice to take the local suburban bus from Posadas to Iguazú. It will take 7 hours instead of…Read More
Obviously, the Iguazu Falls are one of the most beautiful spots in the whole world. But Misiones has far more than that. If you have time, it is nice to take the local suburban bus from Posadas to Iguazú. It will take 7 hours instead of 5, but you will enter into beautiful towns: San Ignacio, Puerto Rico, Jardin America, El Dorado, and many others. You will see pine forests, yerba mate, and tea plantations, will cross the Uruguay river, with its beautiful artificial lake, will see the Paraná river at Puerto Rico, and many other beautiful spots. The whole road from Posadas to Iguazu is delightful. It is a rolling area, all green, with the typical "tierra roja" (red soil) that seems like brick powder. Misiones is the main producer of yerba mate, a beverage that up north is also taken cold (when it is taken cold, it is known as "tereré".) Forest exploitation is important in this area, but there is a rational reforestation program that allows the province to continue being a green area. There is a paper plant at Puerto Piray (Alto Paraná). But there are hidden treasures in the forest. The Salto Tabay (a beautiful waterfall that I visited it on a one-day tour to Iguazu from Posadas) and other falls in the jungle may be small, but they are beautiful. One of the least known attractions in Misiones are the Saltos del Mocona (Mocona Falls). They carry much less water than the Iguazú Falls, but they are a diagonal waterfall on the Uruguay river that is 3 miles long. You need to go along an earth road and Misiones is a rainy province, so it is safer to go on a 4 x 4 vehicle.
Check this page: www.saltos-del-mocona.com.ar. It is in Spanish, but at least you will see the photos. Had you ever heard about this destination? Bernardo de Irigoyen and Aristóbulo del Valle are the nearest cities from where you can hire a tour or a taxi to the falls. But better check at the hotel or at a travel agency, because I am not familiar with this area. I do know that the last 50 miles are along an earth road, where you could get stuck with a standard car. The city of Posadas is also beautiful, has a nice coastal avenue, and is just across the river from Encarnacion, Paraguay, where you can go shopping, or take a bus to the capital, Asuncion del Paraguay, to where you can go on a comfortable bus (6 hours travel). If you stay at Posadas, the hotel Posadas is a comfortable and central 3-star hotel. A room there costs some 40 dollars per night. Service is very good. You will find hotels in front of the bus station for one third of this price, but they are not comparable.
The San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins, constructed four and a half centuries ago, really deserve a visit. Not only the ruins themselves, but also the museum that has important historical evidences and testimonies, including part of one of the ships that navigated the Parana river at that time. They have a light and sound performance in the evening, but even visiting the ruins during the day is enjoyable. There is a restaurant just across the road from the ruins. There are some hotels here, but hotels in the city of Posadas, one hour away, are more comfortable.
The city of Corrientes is beautifully surrounded to the North and to the East by the Parana river, since the river gives a turn around the city. It has been running from East to West and now runs from North to South. The view from…Read More
The city of Corrientes is beautifully surrounded to the North and to the East by the Parana river, since the river gives a turn around the city. It has been running from East to West and now runs from North to South. The view from the interstate General Belgrano bridge is very pleasant, since it crosses the river at an altitude of 110 feet,. The coastal avenue is beautiful and there are small green spaces and monuments along it. The capital of the Province of Corrientes has over 100,000 inhabitants, and has a number of tourist destinations very near: it is four centuries old and amongst the historical buildings we can mention the San Francisco Convent, constructed in 1638. Its columns are a replica of those of the St. Peter Basilic in Rome. There are nice beaches in the Rowing Club (Club de Regatas) of Corrientes. The Hotel de Turismo (3 stars) is a comfortable and inexpensive hotel. Entre Ríos 650 Phone: (54-3783) 42-9112/ 43-3190/ 3174.
These are the main hotels in the city: Corrientes Plaza Hotel, Junín 1549, phone (54-3783) 46-6500; Gran Hotel Guaraní, Mendoza 970, phone (54-3783) 43-3800 / 42-4620; Hostal Del Río, Plácido Martínez 1098, phone (54-3783) 43-6100/ 1101/ 2.
A cruise to the Iguazu Falls. The Parana Gypsy cruises the Paraná and Iguazú rivers from the city of Corrientes to the Iguazú Falls. Check this page: www.paranagypsy.com. Nearby destinations towards the east: Paso de la Patria is the most renown dorado fishing area, it has some nice hotels and is located on the banks of the Parana river. It is a low lying area and the village has been flooded occasionally (once every 3 or 4 years) when the level of the river was very high. Now with the Yacyretá dam in Corrientes and the Itaipu dam in Brazil (the largest hydroelectric project in the whole world), floods are less probable, but it is wise to check the level of the river when you arrive. Paso de la Patria is just across the river from Isla del Cerrito, where the Paraguay river (one mile wide) runs into the Paraná (two miles wide) in a 90 degree angle, forming a huge whirlpool, that is the best place in the area for fishing dorados. You can rent a motorboat with a fishing guide to fish in this exciting area, where I have seen people catching dorados as large as 35 pounds, I have fished myself 20 pound dorados at Isla del Cerrito from the coast and at Empedrado (further south), in this last case fishing from a boat.
Itati: Next week-end is the pilgrimage to this Basilica that is the sanctuary of the Virgin of Itati that congregates a multitude of people every year. Itati is located some 30 miles away from the city of Corrientes. Ita-Ibate: Still a sportive fishing village, although commercial fishing on the Paraguayan side of the river and the irregular flow of the river due to the navigation locks of the Yacyretá dam (the largest hydroelectric project in Argentina) have affected fishing possibilities in the area. Yacyreta: Probably the largest artificial lake in Argentina; it reaches the city of Posadas, some 130 miles away from the dam. It is the only dam in Argentina that has navigation locks in order to allow cruise ships to continue up to the Iguazú Falls. Posadas: Capital of the province of Misiones, near the San Ignacio Jesuit ruins and 5 hours south of the Iguazu Falls. 4 to 5 hours away by bus (Crucero del Norte).
Destinations towards the south Empedrado: A beautiful location some 35 miles south of Corrientes, where erosion has given the river banks very special forms. I had my first fishing experience in the Paraná river at this place. It was delightful. Bella Vista: Another beautiful place for fishing, and also wildlife watching (caimans). Fishing is excellent in this area. From Bella Vista there are direct buses to Mercedes, the gateway to the Iberá Marshes. (Nuevo Expreso San José). Ibera Marshes: They are a wildlife sanctuary five times larger than the Luisiana wetlands. You will find yacarés (south American caiman), capybaras, marsh deer, and hundreds of different types of birds. See my reports on the Ibera Marshes. Goya: Guarapo is a fishing lodge in this area that offers thrilling dorado fishing at affordable prices. Check their site www.guarapo.com.ar. Their package includes pick-up at the airport or bus station, navigation to their private island, all meals, lodging in tents, motorboat and fuel. Fly-fishing, catch and release. Esquina: The Corrientes river from the Ibera Marshes runs into the Parana at Esquina. It is a good fishing destination, depending on the season of the year. Fishing is better in Autumn and Spring than in Winter. Remember that the dorado fishing season ends at the end of October, by when the trout fishing season has already started in most provinces, except in Bariloche, Calafate and Ushuaia, where it starts later. However, fishing is allowed in Esquina during all the year round. To check fishing tours to this destination, click on this link: www.tumejorpesca.com. They have an interesting tour to Esquina for 330 dollars including the trip from Buenos Aires on bed sleeping bus, 2 nights at a lodge, including all meals, motorboat, and 2 days fishing with guide.
Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 26 Nov, 2006
Parana is a very attractive city, specially thanks to its beautiful Urquiza park on the banks of the river. There are also a number of bathing resorts along the river, of which Balneario Thompson is supposed to be the best, and a nice coastal avenue…Read More
Parana is a very attractive city, specially thanks to its beautiful Urquiza park on the banks of the river. There are also a number of bathing resorts along the river, of which Balneario Thompson is supposed to be the best, and a nice coastal avenue that runs between the park and the river. There are very good hotels, of which I prefer the Mayorazgo hotel and casino (5 stars), although if you want a cheaper and nice hotel, the hotel Jardin is a good option. There are buses from Santa Fe to Paraná about every half tour, that cross under the Parana river through the Hernandarias tunnel. During the trip you will see the old "Puente colgante" (hanging bridge) that was a tourist attraction and that was damaged by a flood of the Parana river.
North of Parana there are some fishing resorts, where you can fish dorados weighing up to 11 pounds. These main villages are Santa Elena (in Entre Ríos), the Guayquiraró river, that divides the provinces of Entre Ríos and Corrientes, and Esquina and Goya, in Corrientes. Paraná is not very far away from the Iberá marshes. The bus to Mercedes takes some 6 hours (Nuevo Expreso San José) and from there you travel another hour and a half on a 4 x 4 or traffic van. The downtown of Paraná is very nice, and there are many old-fashioned buildings in front of the main square (the city is 300 years old). Of course, Santa Fe is older (some 450 years). You will enjoy both cities. Both cities have a pretty warm climate, so I would recommend visiting these cities out of the Summer season (at least avoid going in January or February). On the coastal avenue of both cities, you will find places where you can enjoy eating recently fished dorados. Grilled, they are delicious (far tastier than trout). Grilled with lemon juice they have the taste of turkey, but far more tender.
The city of Parana has over 100,000 inhabitants and is a good place for shopping. You will enjoy going along the main pedestrian street. Buses from Parana to Concordia, Concepción del Uruguay or Gualeguaychu take some 5 to 6 hours. Bus services are good. Here is a list of the main hotels in Paraná. They are not expensive. Maran Suites & Towers, Rivadavia y Mitre, phone (54-343) 423-5444; Mayorazgo, Etchevehere y Miranda, phone(54-343) 423-0333 Fax: 423-0420; Gran Hotel Paraná, Urquiza 976, phone (54-343) 422-3900 Fax: 422-3979; Paraná Hotel Plaza Jardín, 9 de Julio 60, phone(54-343) 423-1700; I had a very good experience with restaurant Giovanni, where prices are very low and food is good.
I am enclosing a photo of the restaurant. Enjoy your stay at Parana.
I would have entitled this note: Rosario, the third city in Argentina, but many people still believe that Rosario is the second city in Argentina, and I live precisely in Córdoba. Rosario was for centuries the second city in Argentina. In 1970 it was surpassed…Read More
I would have entitled this note: Rosario, the third city in Argentina, but many people still believe that Rosario is the second city in Argentina, and I live precisely in Córdoba. Rosario was for centuries the second city in Argentina. In 1970 it was surpassed in population by the city of Córdoba (although the inhabitants of Rosario still claim that it is the second city in the country). Rosario is located inside the prime corn-growing area of Argentina, forming a triangle with Venado Tuerto and Marcos Juarez. It was for many years the main grain exporting port in Argentina, but as the size of ships increased, ships cannot be loaded completely here, and have to complete their cargo at other ports (Bahia Blanca, Necochea, and San Antonio Este). If visited this city for the first time in 1954, being a teenager, and stayed three months and a half at the home of my elder brother. At that time Rosario was large but unattractive: many muddy streets and very few special places where to go. Some years later, a Municipal Governor took real interest in the city, constructed a beautiful coastal avenue, paved many streets, years later, other authorities started to promote the city as a tourist destination. Rosario has the National Monument to the Flag in the port area, from where you can board a ship to cruise the river. Or you can board small motorboats near the Rosario-Victoria interstate bridge and take a tour to the islands where there are many resorts with private beaches.
The Parana river here splits into many branches, and there is a sort of delta in the river, that makes it very attractive not only for spending the day, for also for dorado fishing, if you know where to go. I have two nephews that live a block away from the river, they are fond of rowing and also of fishing, and they have caught very nice fish in the river. However, the prime fishing destinations (Paso de la Patria and Cerrito Island) are 500 miles further north. There are two very nice parks in Rosario: Independencia, and Alem, and a beautiful beach on the Parana river. A fantastic project fell through of making a half-mile wide beach in that area, but even as it is, it is a beautiful spot for spending the day.
There are very good hotels in Rosario, although as far as I know there is still no five-star hotel. There is a Holiday Inn and a Howard Johnson, although I prefer to recommend the hotels I have stayed at: Libertador (4 stars) and República (3 stars) Both are very comfortable. These are the 4 and 3 star hotels: Ariston, Córdoba 2554, phone (54-341) 425-8666 Fax: 425-9142; Plaza Real Suites Hotel, Santa Fé 1632, phone (54-341) 440-8800; Riviera Palace, San Lorenzo 1460, phone (54-341) 424-2058/ 108/ 215 Fax: 425-3587; Holiday Inn Rosario, Dorrego 450, phone (54-341) 410-0000; Howard Johnson Hotel Rosario, Italia 1183, phone (54-341) 449-0770 Fax: 449-3555; Libertador, Av. Corrientes 752, phone (54-341) 424-1158; Plaza, Cortada Barón de Mauá 26, phone (54-341) 449-1122; Plaza del Sol, San Juan 1055/ 57, phone (54-341) 421-9899/ 426-4432; Presidente, Av. Corrientes 919, phone (54-341) 424-2789 / 2790 Fax: 425-9295; Rosario, Cortada Ricardone 1365, phone (54-341) 424-2371/ 2207/ 2496; República, San Lorenzo 955, phone (54-341) 424-8580/ 8760.
Sorry, I have no recommendations for dining, since I have always had lunch with my nephews in this city, and I do not find any familiar names on the list of restaurants. A walk along the coastal avenue is enjoyable. There are many clubs and restaurants along the riverside, also some marinas, and after a few miles you will arrive at the Alem Park and La Florida bathing resort, that is next to the place from where you can board motorboats to cruise around the islands. Independencia park is also a beautiful place with an artificial lake where you can rent boats and a very nice rose garden. The monument to the flag is another place worthwhile visiting. The Alem park (Parque Alem), La Florida and the Rosario-Victoria bridge are all very near each other. And don’t miss a cruise on the ciudad de Rosario ship. It is very nice to navigate the Paraná river and see the city and its skyline from a distance.
Rosario is not 100% safe. You will have no problems during the day, but be careful during the evening, and avoid solitary areas or going to the parks at night. Avoid the suburban areas. Don't loose your chance of tasting delicious ice creams at La Uruguaya, Av. Pellegrini 1043, phone (54-341) 4824358. Ask for the "dulce de leche granizado" ice cream or for some of their delicious alternatives. As if you go to a restaurant, try Argentine beef, a barbecue, or a "bife de chorizo" (ribeye). Enjoy your stay in Rosario.
Written by panda2 on 05 May, 2007
Omni Bus Terminal is a large bus hub operation, information booth by the main station entrance, luggage short term storage for around ARP3-3.25/hour per each piece by a 24 hour attendant.One of the men's banos offers a makeshift shower access for ARP5. We were uncomfortably…Read More
Omni Bus Terminal is a large bus hub operation, information booth by the main station entrance, luggage short term storage for around ARP3-3.25/hour per each piece by a 24 hour attendant.One of the men's banos offers a makeshift shower access for ARP5. We were uncomfortably sticky and made use of this service. The men operating the men's rest room are a couple of characters. The "shower room" look like a makeshift after thought. Two of the water controls doesn't work, only the one on the right side works as explained in Spanish, but I followed and understood the visual part of the communication as it was explained. Soap bar and towel provided, no shampoo.We purchased our onward ticket to Buenos Aires using a ticket agent for the next bus, else you would need to go the each individual bus agent to inquire the rate and next bus departure.We made use of the spare time till the next bus by finding a small convenience shop offering snacks, drinks, small area dining, Internet access, air-conditioning, a great way to stay cool, comfortable from the otherwise hot, humid climate. Close
Written by panda2 on 01 May, 2007
Schellhas caught my eye with the cook through its glass window. With the help of another customer serving as interpreter, we ordered "Entrecot (a la pimienta, al champag., a la crema, al verdeo, al puerro) a good cut of beef which was quite good though…Read More
Schellhas caught my eye with the cook through its glass window. With the help of another customer serving as interpreter, we ordered "Entrecot (a la pimienta, al champag., a la crema, al verdeo, al puerro) a good cut of beef which was quite good though we asked for it rare or juicy and it came medium for ARP28; San Felipe Mendoza red wine ARP17 which was alright, a simple green lettuce, carrot, tomato, red beet salad, just alright; flan was overcook.The atmosphere was nice with white tablecloth service, the service was somewhat slow when we went as they were quite busy with almost a full house. The grilled meat was very good, everything else was just alright. Daily lunch from 12pm to 3pm, dinner from 8pm to 2am, credit cards accepted. Close