Situated along the banks of the Rio Parana in northern Argentina, only a trickle of travelers choose Posadas as a stopover on their way to the Iguazu Falls or the neighboring city of Encarnacion in Paraguay. It may not be the country’s premier tourist destination, but thriving riverfront nightlife, an eclectic mix of museums and some fascinating nearby Jesuit ruins make it worthy of a day or two. Here are the top 10 things to see and do in town.
Stretching along the Rio Parana with views over neighboring Encarnacion, the recently developed boardwalks of Posadas’ costanera are a fantastic place to visit in the evening as the heat begins to subside. Picturesque sandy beaches are the perfect spot for a swim while free bike hire from the local council can easily be arranged (bring your ID).
Andres Guazurari Monument
Travelers cycling or walking along the costenera will be sure to come across this gleaming metallic sculpture which was built to honor one of the region’s most beloved military commanders and political strongman.
Situated just two blocks off the main plaza, this bustling pedestrian thoroughfare is particularly vibrant in the evenings as locals come for a stroll and artisans hawk their wares. Keep an eye out for the giant metallic statue dedicated to the region’s quintessential drink: maté.
The stretch of the costanera heading north from Flemming St is lined with funky restaurants, bars, and cafes, some of which are decidedly upmarket. The atmosphere is buzzing during the evening on weekends.
Republic of Paraguay Park
The Parque Republica del Paraguay may have fallen out of favor in recent years as the newly developed costanera has come in to steal the show. Nevertheless, it’s a pleasant enough spot to visit and features a few dining options, museums, and an adjacent amphitheater.
Anibal Cambas Regional Museum
The centerpiece of the Paraguay Park is the Museo Regional Anibal Cambas, widely regarded as Posadas’ best museum. Expect to find an exciting array of local artifacts from indigenous times to the end of the colonial era.
Museo Regional Aníbal Cambas, Posadas, Argentina +54 376 442-2860
The Posadas Cathedral
San Ignacio Mini
Ruinas de San Ignacio Miní, 3322 San Ignacio, Argentina +54 376 447-0186