Touring the Jesuit Missions

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fortunately Dave a lot better today after a good nights sleep. Went to bus station and got bus to Trinidad except the bus driver forgot about us so took us about 1km past it! Fortunately another bus was coming the other way but tried to charge us the same fare to get back to it which we refused and just got off at Trinidad anyway!

Walked up to the ruins of the Jesuit missions which were quite impressive. Huge red stoned church with lovely carvings and a huge plaza in the middle, ruins of the living quarters, cementery etc. Unfortunately there was no information available there or a guide plus we dont have a guide book so couldnīt really find out more about the whole history etc which was a shame.

Walked back to the petrol station on the main road and got a collectivo (local bus) to Jesus which is a small town about 11km away. Ruins here are a lot newer looking but I thought less impressive. Walked up the clock tower and sat in the sun for a bit before getting the collectivo back to the main street. Bus driver insisted on us sitting up the front with him for some reason think he just wanted a chat with us. Saw 2 other tourists in the area apart from that no others (that we know of) in whole of Paraguay (not that we are here long) so people are quite intrigued about where we are from, etc.

Back on main road got bus back to Encarnacion and after our picnic lunch went for a wander around the town. There is the main square which is high up in the town with a lot of mainstream shops. We wandered around for ages to find camera shops (Paraguay is v cheap for electronics which is a blessing in disguise as we needed a new camera) and eventually found hundreds of them in the lower part of town by the river. Spent a while trying to find a camera we wanted and a good deal before going back to the hotel to sleep on it.

Had dinner first in the hotel for about 3 quid between us!

Up early next day to go and buy a new camera (is the newer version of what we had and v cool) before getting the bus over the border to Posadas.

Havent seen a lot of Paraguay but seems nice and cheap. Not a massive amount to see where we have been. People have been friendly though. Is funny to see everyone carrying around thermos flasks and metal cups with metal straws for the matte they always drink - a type of tea good for digestion etc. Looks like lots of old leaves and bits in it and very little liquid. Music here is also different to Brazil with an instrument that sounds like a snake charmer thingy!
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