Posadas – Argentina (the Northeast)

Posadas is the capital of the sub tropical Misiones province. Sat next alongside the Paraná river and opposite Paraguay, this city has hot, humid weather year round and is bathed with reddish earth and thick green vegetation.

Romantic squares and churches around the city were built by the Jesuits and take you back into history. Walking through the city you should visit the native Indian tribe’s Guarani handcraft market by the 9 de Julio main square, the mate museum, the churches and cathedral and enjoy the waterfront which has been recently developed. From there you can also take a boat trip on the river which is particularly spectacular at sunset, or you can sunbathe on the sand beach at El Brete.

Cathedral San José de Posadas.

From the Parana river you can see Encarnación city in Paraguay, which you can also visit for a day trip by bus where lots of Argentineans go to get cheaper electronics.

Part of the wealth of the river is its fish – make sure to try some of the excellent river fish including Pacú, Dorado, Boga and Surubí, and if you like fishing then you can organize fishing trips on the river.

Statue of a man preparing mate in Posadas.

For evening entertainment don’t miss some local folk music at bars and restaurants. Posadas is famed for its Litoral folk Festival each November.

The nearby Jesuit Ruins is one of the biggest attractions here and most people head to San Ignacio which is an hour away by bus or car. Posadas is also a stop off point for visiting the Iguazu Falls 290kms away and the lush wetlands.