On Saturday, January 5th, we separated from the Barbier family after traveling together for two weeks: the whole family took a plane to Buenos Aires before returning to Paris or San Francisco. The same day we traveled by bus to Posadas, the gateway to the Jesuit Missions in the northeast of Argentina.
The town sits right on River Paraná that separates Argentina from Paraguay. We contemplated crossing the border and visit the Mission in Trinidad, but due to the relentless heat our enthusiasm and energy was not up to the usual level.
Arriving from Iguazu, THE tourist attraction, we found ourselves in a place without any tourists. By the time we finally had a place to sleep, it was rather late. Nevertheless, we set out to check out the town in temperatures that were still quite uncomfortable. What we remember best of Posadas is the great cocktail we had in a bar and the tree-lined streets, some with a “Paseo” in the middle and even more trees.
On the negative side, in this town we were reminded of the immense poverty that exists in this part of the world. In Argentina so far, we had not seen small children walking the streets at midnight selling flowers or begging for the peanuts that come with drinks in cafes and bars, unfortunately something quite common Bolivia and Peru as well.