It combines jungle and water. It offers peace and adrenaline. The province of Misiones is exquisite for the senses. It can show off with unique natural landscapes as “Garganta del Diablo” in Iguazu National Park and, at the same time seduce with activities that make your blood boil as zip-line or rappel in Salto Encantado, located in Aristobulo del Valle. And if that were not enough, for lovers of history, it keeps alive the legacy of the Jesuits that in the seventeenth century began its evangelizing mission in native peoples. The Jesuit Guarani reductions of San Ignacio represent a forced tour since you can both appreciate the ancient architecture and enjoy a multimedia show.
The Iguazu Falls are the main attraction and they are are among the three most chosen destinations in the country and they were recently declared one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. They are about 20 kilometers from the city town of Puerto Iguazu.
The vegetation blends with the sound of animals and serves perfect for the majesty that Iguazu Falls offer. It is more than 2 kilometers of waterfalls over 70 meters high. Visitors will find 275 falls along the cliffs and islets spread over the half-moon that shape this stunning landscape admired by the whole world. The trails can be explored on foot or opt for a picturesque train through the jungle, fuel gas, which leaves from “Centro del Visitante”.
In addition to touring the traditional circuit, the Iguazu National Park has the Full Moon Tour. When the sun sets allows, generously, another spectacle. Each month, for five evenings you can take walks along the walkways up to the “Garganta del Diablo”. Also, during those magical evenings you can make walks along the Iguazu and Parana rivers.
The most remote places of Misiones can be visited by special vehicles, on foot, on horseback, rappelling in waterfalls or giant trees, through activities such as zip-line crossing gullies, or trekking to see the amazing variety of plant species and rich birdlife.
The red earth penetrates the skin, in the soul. No traveler can resist its charm
For those who want to feel a bit more drunk by the magic of reddish soil near Puerto Iguazu there are other options. For example, the town of Wanda, where you can appreciate the gemstone mines.
Moconá Falls, which are disputed between the municipality of San Pedro and El Soberbio, also stand as natural beauty and they must be visited. The Moconá Provincial Park is located in the Biosphere Reserve Yabotí which means "turtle" in the Guarani language, about 337 kilometers from Posadas, capital of the province. If the height of the Uruguay River allows it, you can do water rides to have a closer contact with the impressive waterfalls. Sailing the waters becomes a story worth telling.
The province has a unique setting in the world for this type of tourism. That tourism which means vertigo and adrenaline. Climb or descend a jump, watch at full speed from above the wonder of nature, cross rapids or enter through dense forests are experiences that are priceless for those with a spirit of adventure.
At “Eldorado” they focused on this scenario and provide various disciplines that enable you to be part of “Piray Miní” stream and its surroundings. Oberá has also much to offer, located in the downtown area and recognized nationally for its Immigrant Festival: it takes place in the “Parque de las Naciones” where there is a display of costumes and traditional foods for ten days. The “obereños” proudly offer the jump Berrondo which appears as main attraction and rappelling was recently added as an option.
The place par excellence to have a genuine and unforgettable contact is “Salto Encantado”, in Aristobulo del Valle. But enter the mountain and climb the falls depends on determinants and one of them is the weather.
The Jesuit path comprises the area where the 30 Jesuit Guaraní peoples in the countries of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, of which seven were declared World Heritage by UNESCO, are located. The San Ignacio Jesuit Reductions are one of those seven towns and every year receives thousands of visitors. By visiting the site you will meet live the culture of several centuries ago.
Misiones surely awakens envy of neighboring provinces. It is a province that borders with Brazil and Paraguay, and its land enjoys among other benefits of the richness of nature. Its flora has standing trees like the Palm, Tipua (called “Palo Rosa”), Lauraceale, Cedar, Tacara Earpod Tree, Chorisia (known as “Palo Borracho”) and canes or guadua species; also the Parana pine or Araucaria. In fact, the municipality of San Pedro located in the upper Uruguay was listed as National Capital of the Araucaria. It is also known in the region for its orchids which flowers are an excuse for the great festival that takes place in the town of Monte Carlo every year.
The Jaguar, meanwhile, is an emblem of the Misiones rainforest. In the 80s it was declared Provincial Natural Monument of Public Interest and hunting jaguars is prohibited by law.
Misiones land is also chosen for bird watching. A range of species seduce fans and supporters. Eagles, parrots, macaws and toucans deserve all the attention. Meanwhile, the butterflies also have a secret attraction. In Santa Ana, for example, a few kilometers from the provincial capital there is a conservatory which houses thousands of butterfly species.
If it comes to customs, the province stands with one of the Seven Wonders of the World and have those that call the communion among their peers. The “mate” is a habit that does not discriminate against age or gender; made for early risers or those that have run times and need to recharge infusion. Bitter or sweet, depending on the taste. To accompany mate, never miss a “chipa” that can be made of starch or the so named “torta frita” (fried cake).
At colonies, “yerba”, tobacco, tea and a host of fruits and vegetables are harvested and then, many producers take them to the people, to the so-called free trade, to sell to neighbors.
Misiones is also forest and trails, land of immigrants. The heritage of different nations such as Germany, Poland, Italy, Japan and Russia, among others, is in force in the province that was able to give asylum to the pioneers since 1920. Oberá has been offering for three decades the National Immigrant's Festival, which brings together all generations of different communities.
Everywhere you look at it, Misiones will make you fall in love with it