From Posadas in Argentina we started on a day trip to the ruins of the Jesuit Misions in Trinidad, Paraguay. This meant taking a city bus across the border (you have to get off to do exit & entry formalities and then get back on the next one) to a city called Encarnación just behind the border. This place seemed more like a big & not fancy shopping mall and transit hub than anything else. Argentinian go over there for some cheap shopping of electronics etc. We however took another northbound bus and got off in the middle of nowhere, next to the Jesuit ruins:
The whole of Paraguay seemed to only consist of three colors that day; white sky, green plants and the red of the soil and also the ruins here. Appart from us there was hardly anyone visiting that day, we only saw two other people in the first ruins which is apparently always like this because the Lonely Planet calls this place the least visited UNESCO sight. It was kind of nice though after all the “tourists highlights” of Brasil.
Then it was back to the main road from where we took a taxi to the nearby Jesuit Mision of Jesús de Tavarangüé.
Here too we only had to share the sight with two other people, two Paraguayans with whom we hitchhiked back to the main road later. From them we learned a bit about recent developments in Paraguay but mainly they stressed how dangerous Cuidad del Este was and that even they didn’t dare staying there…
Anyways the ruins here were a bit smaller than the ones of Trinidad but in my opinion the main church here is better preserved and better shows what it might have been like here back in the day:
After a Paraguayan dinner on the way back in Encarnación we crossed the border again and then left Posadas the same night, direction Uruguay.