San Ignacio Miní and the Guaraní

 

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San Igancio Miní is a mission founded in 1632 by the Jesuits or the Society of Jesus. The mission located in the Misiones Province of Argentina. The Province of Misiones is located between Brazil to the north and Paraguay to the northwest.

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San Igancio Miní, like the missions of California and the Southwest of the USA, was created in order to spread Christianity. The Jesuits’ mission, pun intended, was to covert the native population called the Guaraní. The Guaraní are the native inhabitants of what is now mainly Paraguay but  also in some parts of  Brazil,  Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia.

The photos above are pottery and crafts the Spanish made the Guaraní make. The Spanish profited from Guaraní’s handcrafts by trade.

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This is a clay blue print of what San Ignacio Miní looked like in it’s prime. Before the indigenous people destroyed it.

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A painting of San Ignacio Miní, when it was active.

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A full view of the mission, in it’s prime.

The mission’s ruin. Gives you the feeling of being in Rome.

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The picture above was once a church. The fall of San Ignacico Miní was due to the suppression of the society of Jesus. In 1817, the Guaraní destroyed the mission and many others in the surrounding areas.

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The mission of San Ignacio Miní is highly recommend to go, if you are into culture.  The ruins of the mission have such a deep and rich history that you can easily get lost in.  Make sure to stop by!

 

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Night Time adventures in Mendoza, Argentina

The City of Mendoza is located in the province of Mendoza. As the province’s capital, the city has a lot to offer.  To see the city’s true beauty, you have to experience it at night time.

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The night brings the city to life in a whole new perspective. The darkness brings an element of excitement to this city. The beautiful south american sky will only leave you in awe.

Walking down it’s street at night, the city makes you feel like you are in some European city. Mendoza has an interesting transportation system. They have trolleys similar to San Francisco. I really do recommend coming here and trying the public transportation system. You get a better view of the city.

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Another familiar sight, similar to when I was in San Rafael, Argentina. The Havanna coffee shops in Argentina are comparable to the Starbucks in the USA.  Make sure, to stop if you like coffee and pastries.

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Every time I see an American restaurant outside the USA, I tend to have mixed feelings. There is a sense of culture lost.

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At night, the city’s fountains shine more. It is truly beautiful, to see the lights hit the water as it shoots up.

 

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When traveling at night, in any city, make sure to always look at your surroundings. Argentina is a generally safe country but still be on the look out. I was warned by locals that teenage drug-use is high and they tend to commit crimes. Just watch out for local punks.

 

 

Exploring San Rafael, Mendoza

When in Argentina, make sure to visit the city of San Rafael. In the province of Mendoza, San Rafael has a clam atmosphere. Still very city-like; yet, with a small town feel.

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The city of San Rafael has a wide selections of restaurants. Although, not as much as the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. Make sure to stop by the Havanna. It’s a nice little restaurant that I got a lemon key pie for about one american dollar. This was back in July of 2013. Hopefully, the value of the dollar has not fallen too much.

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Walking down it’s streets, San Rafael is truly small compared to Buenos Aires.  The city’s streets are not as compacted as the capital’s. Also, the roads are not as filled with traffic.

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Never expected to see this guy here, Goku. Along with Chuck Norris, these are signs of globalization.

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From what locals have informed me, Dragon Ball, and a lot of other manga/anime, have a big audience in Argentina.  Still, seeing Chuck Norris here, shocks me.

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While in San Rafael, we actually made a detour. These nuns that we met in Buenos Aires, invited us to a local shelter for abandoned women to help them with some chores. It is hard to refuse to people that made you pizza for free. One of the chores, was digging trenches so that water can flow into the shelter. At the end, it feels good to help others.

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Make sure when visiting another hemisphere to know that seasons are the opposite from North to South. We had to learn the hard way that Summer up North is Winter down South. It was freezing and this was our heater in the picture above.  It started snowing, while we were here. The lesson here is to bring a jacket.

 

The province of Mendoza, Argentina’s Wine country

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The Province of Mendoza, a wine geek’s paradise. The Province is full of wineries. With it’s inexpensive and sweet wine, the Province has gotten a boom of enotourism.

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We bought a bottle of wine for about two american dollars. For high end wine, the cost was about sixty american dollars. Regardless, both wine were good. Most of their wine-making  technique come from Italy. So, their wine, whether inexpensive or high end,  is on a world class level. Make sure to check out local wine museums. I recommend going to bodega la rural, they gave a detailed history class of Argentine wine. Also, this is where we were able to buy our two dollar bottle wine.

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The Province has many similarities to America’s most famous wine country, Napa and Somona County, California. The similarities are striking. Napa  and Sonama  are counties located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of  mountainous terrain. While, Mendoza shares the Andes mountains with Chile to the west, as shown in the picture above. Also, many of the cities are named the same. In the San Francisco Bay, there is a city called San Rafael and another city called Santa Rosa. Ironically, the province of Mendoza has cities with the same name.

America’s Independence Day en Argentina

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When traveling to Buenos Aires, you will land at the Ministro Pistarini International Airport. Located in the city of Ezeiza, in the province of Buenos Aires.  The airport is about 22 kilometres (if you are american, 14 miles) away from the actually city of Buenos Aires. There are many shuttle buses from the airport that connect you with the city of Buenos Aires. Also, you can use city taxis that can drop you off to your destination. I always prefer taxis because it is a great to get an insight of the city from a local. Beware of shady taxis drivers!! If traveling from Newark, I do recommend traveling with United Airlines. They gave us dinner and breakfast with a great movie selection.

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Before we went to the city of Buenos Aires, we stayed on a military base called Campo de Mayo. Campo de Mayo is one of Argentina’s most important military base. Located in the province of Buenos Aires. Walking down it’s halls, you do get an eerie feeling of sadness. No one ever told us it’s dark history. It wasn’t until after we came back from our trip, we found out it’s history. From 1974 to 1983, was the time of the Dirty War. The Dirty War was a time of state terrorism in Argentina. During this time, Argentina formed the right winged death squad called Argentine Anticommunist Alliance. The death squad, as stated in it’s name, fought against communism. They used the military base to hold the captured leftist guerrillas. Some locals rumors claim that the captured guerrillas were brutally experimented on. Also, the pregnant guerrillas’s newborns were taken away never able to see their mothers again. Lesson of the day, try not walk it’s halls at night.

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On America’s Independence Day, we were invited by Gauchos for free steak at their ranch. This was a way of welcoming us, Americans, to their beautiful country. Probably one of the kindest forms of hospitality I ever encountered. The Gauchos are Argentine “cowboys.” They herd cattle year around, similar to the western movies. Their main form of income is earned through hunting. Our Gauchos friends put on a rodeo for us. After the rodeo was finished, they even let us ride their tamed horses. From fear, I did not even attempt to ride one. Horses are pretty tall, it looks like quite the drop to the ground.

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When checking out the Province of Buenos Aires, make sure to not just go to it’s capital city, Buenos Aires. The province has a lot to offer. From the Gauchos to it’s Military bases, the province of Buenos Aires has so many hidden jewels of culture and folklore. Check it out when you get the chance. Also, make sure to bring the right plugin for the outlets. Otherwise, you might have to buy an overpriced plugin adapter. Unfortunately, talking from experience.

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