Each corner has its attraction
The province of Misiones is a territory that hosts an impressive biodiversity. Hundreds of water streams, cascades, hills and meandering roads are part of this unique geography, worldly recognized by the Iguazu Waterfalls.
Misiones is crossed by three extended roads that connect with other communication means that will help you to reach the main tourist attractions. These are: National Roads N° 12 and N° 14; the former borders the Parana River while the latter crosses the province. The third one is Provincial Road N°2 which borders the Uruguay River. See map of Misiones
National Road N° 12 permits you to reach: Posadas, Garupá, Profundidad, Santa Ana, San Ignacio, Gobernador Roca, Corpus, Santo Pipó, Hipólito Irigoyen, Jardín América, Ruiz de Montoya, Capioví, Pto. Rico, Garuhapé, El Alcazar, Caraguatay, Montecarlo, Piray, Eldorado, Pto Esperanza, Wanda, Pto Libertad, Puerto Iguazu and Andresito.
National Road N° 14 permits you to reach: San José, Cerro Azul, Leandro N. Alem, Oberá, Campo Ramón, Campo Viera, Campo Grande, Aristóbulo del Valle, 2 de Mayo, San Vicente, San Pedro, Cruce Caballero, Pto.Rosales, Bernardo de Irigoyen and San Antonio.
Provincial Road N° 2 –also known as “coastal road”- permits you to reach: Azara, Apóstoles, Concepción, Santa María, Itacaruaré, San Javier, Panambí, Santa Rita, 25 de Mayo, Alba Posse, Colonia Aurora, El Soberbio, Paraíso and Moconá Falls.
Different regions, each one with its own attractions, compose our provincial geography, as part of the tourist destination of the Argentine Litoral.
The North delights visitors with its impressive waters, precious stone mines, national and provincial parks that preserve both the fauna and flora.
The South features our historical heritage with Jesuit constructions that will take you back to the times of Jesuits and Guaranies. This region also invites visitors to learn about the yerba mate, one of the main products of our land that –in splendor times- was called the “green gold”. The Santa Ana Cross is a religious option to know this region and appreciate its orchids and butterflies.
At the Central Region, Oberá surprises visitors with its hundreds of churches at the same time that hosts the Immigrant National Festival, as a tribute to those people that came for remote places and settled in our land.
At the Upper Uruguay, the river with the same name frames diverse landscapes and features the Moconá Falls which seduce visitors with the peculiarity of its cascades formed in parallel to the water flow.
The Guaraní Culture
In ancient times, this region was inhabited by diverse native cultures, which had settled long before the arrival of the Spaniards.
The mbyá-guaranies are one of these original inhabitants. They were a branch of the big family of the Tupi-guaranies. This family lived in great part of South America, mostly in the central tropical jungles. Misiones still have Mbyá-guaraní communities, as well as Ava Chiripa ethnicities, though in a smaller number. Based on different sources, there are 80 to 96 Mbyá communities in our province. At Iguazu, there are three communities: Yryapú, Mbororé and Yasy Porá. This satellite image obtained through a research work carried out by various Brazilian, Paraguayan and Argentine organizations, shows where these villages are located and their names. See map of Guaraní villages.
The Jesuit-Guarani Missions are the remembrance of a social, cultural and religious experience lived by native communities and the Jesuits. They developed in the heart of the River Plate Basin, between 1609 and 1818. Nowadays, there are some architectural remains, witness of one of the most imposing episodes of Mankind History.
More info: www.misiones-jesuiticas.com.ar
Provincial Protected Areas
Misiones has one of the most important Argentine natural resources’ networks.
From the fields in the south to the heart-of-palm and rosewood jungles in the north, there is an important protected area that hosts the richest biodiversity in our country. Among the most acknowledged parks open to visitors, we can quote: Moconá, Salto Encantado del Cuñá Pirú, Teyú Cuaré and Urugua-í.