Jesuit missions in Iguazu falls
Faithful testimony to the ancient cultural life of the region, the circuit of Jesuit Ruins inserted in the province of Misiones allows us to know step by step the history of colonization and evangelization of natives at the time of the European conquest of the American territory.
The route stops at more than one site where the ruins still dominate the landscape. Some possessors less hierarchical than others, but all deserving to be known, the various reductions (peoples integrated by indigenous communities gathered to be catechized) invite to travel in time to live in own flesh those events.
In the access to the Ruins of San Ignacio Miní, the most outstanding and recognized of Misiones, the Center of Interpretation and Recreation Jesuit-Guaraní presents nine rooms that by way of historical story reconstruct the past, since the arrival of the first Spaniards, including A model of what were the reductions, and culminating in an exciting and educational show that, through lights and sounds, revive it In a more natural state and mimicked with the jungle that envelops them, other smaller ruins exhibit their vision of the facts. The Ruins of Our Lady of Candelaria, located at 19Km. Of Posadas; The Ruins of Santa Ana, located at 40Km. Of the provincial capital; The Ruins of the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, located about 10 km. beyond; And the Ruins of Santa Maria the Major, that appear passing Itacaruaré; Are the subsequent breaks in this itinerary of great cultural and religious importance.
An interesting architecture, ornamented with figures in which the clear Guaraní imprint can be seen, constitutes the main part of this magnificent tourist-cultural attraction that allows to discover the way of organization of the city in the times in which the place and the temple worked like Structural axes. Succeeded between the 17th and 18th centuries.
Traveled the Jesuit Way in Misiones: culture and nature in bicycle
A tour of adventure and relaxation, self guided, by bicycle, visiting: the Theme Park of the Cross, Guaraní communities and three Jesuit missions: Santa Ana, Our Lady of Loreto and San Ignacio Miní, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. An incredible natural environment: jungle, flowing streams, rural roads, typical missionary farms, yerbales and the tranquility of the missionary mountain, make this tour an unforgettable program.
With this new proposal, Tourism Misiones invites you to a different adventure: the full contact with the environment and the reductions founded by the parents of the Company of Jesus and inhabited by the Guarani people about 400 years ago in this province.
The El Camino de los Jesuitas package in Misiones offers a ride and relax. A self-guided bicycle experience, visiting the Theme Park of the Cross, Guarani communities and three Jesuit reductions: Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and San Ignacio Miní. All with the incredible natural environment that provides the rainforest and streams. The circuit includes rural roads, missionary farms, yerbales and the tranquility of the missionary mountain.
Everything will begin with the transfer from Posadas to the Theme Park of the Cross, in Santa Ana. There you will find your mountain bikes, with additional kit composed of mineral water, cereal bars, map of the route, distances, points of interest and short Descriptions of each place.
Around noon they will leave for the Jesuit mission of Santa Ana, passing through a Guarani community. It will be 10 kilometers of route, six asphalt and four of land, which are done in an hour and a half, with a level of difficulty of 2/3.
After visiting it will continue to Loreto, crossing rural roads, farms, yerbales, in a landscape of mountains and by various dirt roads. This stage has 15 kilometers, lasts three hours and the level of difficulty is 3. Thus you will arrive at the cottages Our Lady of Loreto, where they will dine and make night.
The following morning, the package The Road of the Jesuits in Misiones plans to leave for the Jesuit mission of Our Lady of Loreto, located in the middle of the missionary mountain. They will take a guided tour including archeological work areas. After noon they will leave for San Ignacio, and will travel 22 kilometers of rural roads and countryside areas, crossing three streams, overlooking the typical gallery mountain of the region and a yerbatero establishment. This stage will require four hours and has a level of difficulty 2. Around 16.00 you will arrive in San Ignacio and stay at the Adventure Hostel. Later they will tour the interpretation center and enjoy the spectacle of image and sound.
On the third day, after breakfast, there will be time to visit the mission of San Ignacio Miní by day, or opt for some of the routes that can be done by bicycle: such as going to the Horacio Quiroga House or even a Guarani community.