Ruins of the church at San Ignacio Mini.
Had a very long day today. Our 4WD truck picked us up at 8.15am and the trip to Posadas
to meet our mini-bus which should have taken around 4 hours ended up taking 6 because the unmade road was so wet and slippery. Finally got to the Jesuit mission site of San Ignacio Mini at about 3pm and had lunch before doing our tour of the ruins. The mission was founded in 1610 by 2 Italian priests, but this site was not actually constructed until 1696. It was destroyed by the Paraguayans in 1817, but many of the buildings are still in place, although in ruins. This mission is quite different to the ones we saw near Cordoba, much bigger and complex buildings including a church, library, school, cemetery and also a large township housing around 4000 people at one time.
Cloister area at San Ignacio Mini.
Many of the walls are propped up with scaffolding, but you can still see some lovely ornate carvings around doorways, plus some original floor tiles in a few of the religious building rooms. In one corner of the church you can still see a piece of original support wood, now around 300 years old, hidden within the brickwork. An interesting site, but really needed our guide to get the most value out of it because now information within the building area (although the information centre at the front is very good). Because of our delay this morning, we did not have time to go to the nearby house of Che Guevara, but just had to drive for about another 4 hours to our hotel on the Brazilian side of the Iguassu falls. The border control was fairly easy - our driver got all our passports stamped out of Argentina, and then had to fill out a form to go into Brazil, but pretty straight-forward. After a quick visit to the supermarket to get some money out of their cash machines, we fell into bed for a good sleep!