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Posadas is a pleasant, small, accessible city in Misiones province in the Mesopotamia region of Argentina. It makes a nice break on the long ride between Iguaçu Falls and Buenos Aires.


Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

  • From Buenos Aires. Direct non-stop hour and a half flights from Jorge Newbury Airport (Aeroparque) in Buenos Aires. This service is run by Aerolineas Argentinas. Tickets cost around 1000 AR$ each way, but can be cheaper if you book in advance.

From the airport, you can take bus 28 into the town centre. It takes around 40mins and costs 3,25 AR$. Taxis from the airport cost 75 AR$ to the centre of town.

By bus[edit]

  • From Buenos Aires. You can take a comfortable overnight sleeper bus from Retiro bus station in downtown Buenos Aires. The trip lasts approximately 12 hours. A number of companies run this route, including Via Bariloche, Crucero del Norte, Expreso Singer (a company based in Misiones), Rapido Argentino, Rio Uruguay. A semi-cama service costs around 500 AR$, a Cama/Ejecutivo service around 600 AR$.

From the bus terminal, you can take a number of bus services into the center of town including bus 21 and 14, or catch a taxi which will be around 45 AR$.

  • From Encarnacion. Take a bus labeled "Servicio Internacional" from downtown Encarnacion. 50 ARS or G. 10,000 (as of February 2019).
  • From Uruguay. Travelers from Uruguay can, for instance, take the bus from Salto to Concordia. This trip takes approximately 1 hour and costs 85U$ (06/2012). Immigration is done during this bus trip. From Concordia in Argentina take a bus or night bus to Posadas or Puerto Iguazu. This trip takes about 12 hours and can cost $150 (semi-cama w/o service) - 400 (came w/ service) Argentine pesos (06/2012). From Posadas, a 5-hour bus trip to Puerto Iguazu costs $90 Argentine pesos (06/2012).

By train[edit]

As of May 2016, trains to/from Buenos Aires are no longer running. There is however a modern international train making the short trip over the bridge to/from Encarnacion (Paraguay).

Hitch hiking[edit]

Posadas is on Road 12, connecting Corrientes and Puerto Iguazu. There is plenty of traffic and it is easy to get there. You'll possibly be dropped at the roundabout on the outskirts. Take a green bus to the transferencia (13,25 ARS, Jan 2017) and with the same ticket, a yellow bus to the city center.

Get around[edit]

In town you will find plenty of taxis and buses, but the best way to get around is on foot.

Bus journeys cost 10,25 AR$; 13,25 ARS if traveling to the suburbs (Jan 2017).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Parque República del Paraguay
  • La Bajada Vieja
  • Botanic Garden “Alberto Roch”. Kennedy neighbourhood. Bus 02, 07 and 27.
  • La Costanera riverwalk. Built in 1999, it is a long walk with views over the Parana River, with bike lane, green areas and a beach. It is possible to borrow bicycles for free with your ID.
  • Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes “Lucas Braulio Areco” y Palacio del Mate. Rivadavia 1846. Closed at lunch time and on Sunday and holidays.
  • Anfiteatro Manuel Antonio Ramírez
  • Museo Regional “Anibal Cambas”. Parque Republica del Paraguay, Alberdi 600.
  • Museo Arqueologico “Andres Guacurari”. General Paz 1865.
  • Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes “Juan yapari”. Sarmiento 319.
  • Centro del Conocimiento. Av. Ulises Lopez y Ruta 12. Bus 23, 27 y 28.
  • Orquidiario in Plaza San Martin and in 9 de Julio. In some of the trees there are samples of native and introduced epifit orquídeas.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk along the Costanera in the evening. It is packed with children and families, groups of people picnicking, others walking or jogging… there are plenty of bars, restaurants and ice-creams, and the lights of Paraguay across the river gives the evening a nice, even romantic, touch.
  • Go to the beach. A small fresh water beach with concrete umbrellas, lifeguard, security, toilets and drinking water.
  • Drink Mate and Terere, Argentina's popular beverage. Although the first taste will be an unusual flavor for newcomers, it is a haunting taste that beckons you back time and time again. You will see locals walking around with their "equipo de mate" - a thermos flask, the mate gourd and some extra yerba and sugar. Misioneros (the people of Misiones) drink mate more than any other Argentinians, which is not surprising considering they produce it in tonnes for the rest of the country. You will also see, especially during summer, a cold version of mate, called tereré. It's an import from neighboring Paraguay and is incredibly refreshing on a hot, humid Posadas day.
  • Go to the movies. There is a cinema, run by Sunstar Cinemas, based in the shopping mall on Bolivar and Colon. Tickets cost 40 AR$. (Less for concessions and more on the weekend.)
  • Go dancing. There are a number of clubs ('boliches') in Posadas. For a more sophisticated night by the Costanera, head to the very popular Cristobal. Most students can be found in Power, on the corner of Av. Corrientes and Av. Centenario. At any club or bar, expect to hear plenty of cumbia, the Argentine's (arguably) favorite genre of music.
  • Go to the Jesuit Ruins. About 50 km away, there are some Jesuit reductions, in San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana and Loreto (within 16 km from each other on Route 12). The ticket (180 ARS for foreigners, Jan 2017) is valid for these three sites and a forth one: Santa Maria la Mayor (120 km from Posadas, on route 2).

On the Paraguayan side, there are three more sites that can be visited on a day trip: Santisima Trinidad, Jesus de Taravague and San Cosme y San Damian (G. 25000 for the three sites, lasting for three consequtive days, Des 2016). From Encarnacion bus terminal, take a bus to Ciudad del Este (approx. G. 10000) and hop off at the entrance to Trinidad. From there, walk back to main road and turn right to the petrol station and then left along the "Paseo del Barro". You can take a bus there (not running on Sundays) or hitch hike to Jesus de Taravague. From San Cosme y San Damian, take a bus from Encarnacion bus terminal to Asuncion, stop at the junction to San Cosme y San Damian and wait for a bus (G. 5000-7000) or hitch hike.

  • Visit a Natural Park. The parks Teyu Cuare and Canadon de Profundidad are within a days trip from Posadas, and belong to the network of protected areas of Misiones.

For Teyu Cuare, go to San Ignacio Mini and at the very entrance to the town, turn left on a petrol station. It is about 7.5 km from there and there are signs. It is possible to camp at the park for one night, but there are not many facilities, or to camp in nearby conventional campsites. For Canadon de Profundidad, go to Candelaria (bus to Candelaria from transferencia in Posadas, 13,25 ARS – take any local bus going to transferencia, ask for Candelaria so you pay the right fare and transfer at transferencia with same ticket). When the bus turns left for Candelaria, get off and walk right to Profundidad. It is 13 km from the junctionin Candelaria, approximately, and it is possible to camp three nights at the park. There are toilets, picnic tables and barbecues. There is a waterfall and it is possible to bath in the river.

  • Go shopping or dinning in Encarnacion, Paraguay. The city is a short bus ride away and there are frequent buses from downtown (20 ARS, or G. 7500, Des 2016).

Same day Paraguay Visa[edit]

(Note that British and South African (and I believe most European) passport holders do not need a visa to enter Paraguay)

The Paraguay Consulate in Posadas, Argentina is in a small, orange, old colonial house a couple of blocks from the town center at 179 San Lorenzo (the street numbers were changed but the locals still prefer the old numbers - the new number is on the 1500 block) between Santa Fe and Sarmiento. There is no sign on the building, just a Paraguayan flag (red, white, and blue broad stripes) hanging in front with the old street address - 179. I entered the air-conditioned consulate on a Monday morning and there were just a few people inside and I didn't wait more than a minute, not like the chaos at the consulate in Buenos Aires. The requirements for American citizens are to get 3 photocopies for each of the following:

1. Passport Info Page 2. Argentina Entry Stamp (in passport) 3. A credit card (only front side) 4. Round-trip transport (it appears you can´t just buy a bus ticket to Encarnación from Posadas - in the unlikely event they do require proof of onward travel you could book a tour to the Jesuit Ruins just 30k inside Paraguay from one of numerous travel agents in Posadas)

In addition to the above you need to give them 3 passport photos which you can get along with the photocopies at a shop right next door for US$4. A single entry visa cost US$65 and a multiple entry visa costs US$100 in cash only and they provide change. You then fill out a simple one page personal info form. (if you make a mistake and cross anything out like I did you will have to fill out a new form) After about an hour he will ask for your right thumb print on three pages which you will also sign. Even though there was a Yellow fever outbreak in Paraguay there were no requirements or even notification. I got a free yellow fever shot at the hospital two blocks from the bus station in Encarnación, after I crossed the river into Paraguay. The whole process can take around 2 hours.

The frequent(every 10 minutes) and crowded local bus is clearly marked "Argentina - Paraguay" or "Servicio Internacional." It costs 11 AR$ and you can catch it on Entre Rios, just a couple blocks south of the town center.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Beautiful artesanal objects handmade by the Guarani Indians. You can find them at Plaza 9 de Julio in downtown Posadas.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Along the city's riverwalk, popularly known as "La Costanera", there are plenty of great restaurants like Doña Chola, La Ruedita, Barlovento, just to name a few. Most of these restaurants have a wonderful view of the Parana river.

•Cremolatti. Nice ice creams, slightly pricey but worth trying. WiFi in the shop. Alfonso de Arrechea 892 has a quiet terrace near the Costanera; La Rioja 1912 is located in the center of town, without a terrace.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The most popular bars in the city are: Bocatto, Español, Bahia, Vittragge, Mentecato, Status and Barlovento.

  • Al-Arak. This restaurant has two locations: one on the "Costanera" and the other in the city center. The location in la Costanera has Arabic and Mexican cuisine, while the one in the center has only Arabic food. On Christmas Eve 2009, with all the restaurants closed, the owner and his family invited my girlfriend and I to free lomo with mushrooms, chicken, quilmes and champagne. The food was delicious and I recommend it to anyone passing through Posadas.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotel Continental, Hotel Posadas, Hotel Libertador, Hotel Julio Cesar, etc. Complejo La Aventura is for those who prefer to be in direct contact with nature.

Posadena Linda (Bolivar 1439). Private double room with bathroom and basic breakfast is 370ar (May 2016). Clean, friendly and recommended.

Note that the as of May 2016 the prices below are no longer correct. Inflation is rampant. Expect to pay three times the figures listed.

  • Hotel Residencial Misiones, Felix de Azara 1960 (Two blocks south of main square). checkout: 10AM. Ar$120 for double room; Ar$140 with AC.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Encarnación in Paraguay is a frequent, crowded, and cheap local city bus ride away which you can catch from the town center (50 AR$/10,000 Gs. as of February 2019). From Encarnación bus terminal, you can take a bus the Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jésus about 40 minutes away (10,000 PGY as of February 2019), or onwards to Asunción, 5-7 hours (~80,000 PGY as of February 2019).

Esteros del Ibera can be reached by hiring a private 4x4 with driver for ~1,000 ARS one way. A slightly cheaper option is taking a bus to Virasoro (1,5 hours - 34 ARS/person) and get a car from there ~700 ARS.

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