San Ignacio Argentina

Trip Start Dec 07, 2005
Trip End Apr 10, 2007

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

What we did: Stay in your own room with bath a couple blocks from the center of town.
visit the Hospedaje El Descanso on Pellegrini 270 (good luck finding a street sign). Itīs 22 pesos(US$7) for 2 people in a room or 25 pesos(US$8) for 2 people in a Bungalow. the lady kind of confused us when she quoted us prices, but we paid 25 pesos in the end. and the rooms were super-clean.

San Ignacio Mini

Heres a recap of how we arrived in San Ignacio Mini to make sure were all on the same page: From Colonia, Uruguay, we crossed the River Uruguay to Concrodia, Argentina. We took a bus from Concordia to Posadas, Argentina, then from Posadas we took a short busride (about 1 hour) to San Ignacio Mini.

San Ignacio (im gonna omit the Mini from here on out) has a small bus terminal at the end of its main street, but for some reason all of the buses stop in front of the tourist office, which itself is just in front of the church. So that is where we found ourselvesin front of the church and among a group of people waiting for different buses. So we heaved our packs on made our way towards the corner, trying not to knock anyone down with our packs. Maybe we have overpacked. Currently, we are carrying slightly less gear than troopers from the 101st airborne in june of 44: we each have a large backpack, probably weighing in around 50 pounds or so. Then we each carry a small backpack across our chests, and we have a mercado bag (a reusable shopping bag) filled with stuff for our bustrips (pillow, blanket from the plane, etc.) and other stuff we couldnt fit into our packs (thermos, mate and bombilla, etc.).

Anyway, we humped all of our gear down about 4 blocks of red dirt road (there are about 4 paved roads in San Ignacio) and asked a kid at a local fruit stand if he knew where our hostel was. We had only overshot by a block. Not bad, considering there were no street signs. When we got to the spot, called Camping Descanso, a 60 something lady quoted us prices on bungalows and private rooms, said she did not have any private rooms available, then charged us the room price for a bungalow (the more expensive price). It was not really worth it to point out the discrepancy; it was less than a dollar, and we were aching to put our packs down and shower.

We headed out in the afternoon, a little unprepared for the heat and blazing sunshine that enveloped and blinded us, to visit the ruins. We eventually made our way to the entrance of the park and spent the afternoon taking a tour and then soaking up the ambiance of the ruins. We stayed on the grounds and sipped mate, took some pictures, and I drew a little bit while Daniela became absorbed in a Sudoku puzzle.

other than the ruins--which are impressive--there is not much else to see or do in san ignacio. on sunday, almost everything was closed. we ate at the hotel san ignacio (the only spot open) and watched the locals go crazy during the River Plate vs. Boca Jrs. futbol match (its the biggest rivalry in Argentinian futbol). the game tied, and everyone eventually filitered out of the bar and the town was really quiet again. we hopped on a bus the next morning headed for puerto iguazu to see the famous iguazu falls.
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