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Mesopotamia and Northeast Argentina

Argentina’s Northeastern corner is a perhaps the most diverse part of the country. Its countryside ranges from temperate pampa grasslands in the south to tropical virgin jungles in the far north. The human landscape is equally diverse, with some of the country’s most traditional indigenous nations, such as the Wichí and Guaraní, as well as 20th century European immigrant communities. The Northeast has historic cities, like San Ignacio and Yapeyú, which both began as Jesuit missionary settlements, and Corrientes, a major port since Spanish colonial times.

In the past, the region was called Mesopotamia or the Litoral. The accepted nomenclature today is Northeast Argentina. The area includes the provinces of Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa and Misiones. Two major rivers slice through the landscape. The Río Paraná traverses the middle of Northeast Argentina. To the east of the river are Santa Fe and Chaco Provinces. Along the west bank are Entre Ríos and Corrientes. At Corrientes city, the Río Paraná takes a sharp right turn to form the border between Misiones Province and Paraguay. The other important river, the Río Uruguay, separates Argentina from neighboring countries Uruguay and Brazil. This zone is renowned for its Carnaval and hot springs. The uppermost left corner is the Gran Chaco, composed of modern-day Chaco and Formosa Provinces. This is a little-visited area known for its Imprenetrable lands and the highest temperatures in South America.

Up The Río Uruguay, The Gran Chaco, El Impenetrable, Up The Río Paraná and Misiones Province.







By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

22 Jun 2010

Things to see and do in Mesopotamia and Northeast Argentina

El Palmar National Park

Halfway in between ColĂłn and Concordia on route N14, the 8,500 hectare conservation park El Palmar offers panoramic views of hundreds of Yatay palm trees, a species that has lost presence in the ...
Activity Info., National Park
ColĂłn, Argentina

Monumento Nacional de La Bandera & Landmark Walk

118929The first thing to check out the Monumento Nacional de la Bandera, which is an impressive sight and offers plenty to do. The massive 70-meter (230-ft) tall monument commemorates General Manuel ...
City Walk
Rosario, Argentina

Playa Florida

Playa Florida and the surrounding areas are an important part of the Rosario experience. On sunny afternoons, bikini clad locals cover the riverside beach in flocks. Playa Florida has palm-thatched ...
Beach
Rosario, Argentina

Termas de ColĂłn

Submerging in the relaxing waters of the thermal complex of ColĂłn is a must for tourists looking for a unique experience of this city. The hot mineral water containing sodium, potassium and ...
Spa/Hot Springs
ColĂłn, Argentina

Aquatic Sports

During Semana Santa and the December-January holidays, locals open sites renting equipment for different aquatic sports. How about skipping across these crystalline waters on a velero (sailboat) or ...
Other Activity
Cabo de Vela, Colombia

The River Islands

A trip to the river islands is also a must when staying in Rosario and the isolated beaches, swimming holes and interesting locals provide a perfect break from the business of the city. Probably the ...
Beach

Sport Fishing

Sports fishing is excellent all around the Osa, and Puerto Jimenez is no exception. Just fishing inshore in the Golfo Dulce you can hope to snag snapper, grouper, pampano, roosterfish, jack, ...
Other Activity
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Molino Forclaz

Four kilometers from the city of ColĂłn, a landmark foreign to Argentinean traditions adds to the landscape as a symbol of perseverance from the first generations of European immigrants. Built by the ...
Activity Info., Culture, History, Paragliding and Hangliding
ColĂłn, Argentina

Top Restaurants in Mesopotamia and Northeast Argentina

Los Carros

139969In an adobe ranchito house is the comfortable restaurant Los Carros. In this warm, candle-lit space, chamamé music plays low as diners take their tables. Some are couples settling in for a romantic ...
Restaurant
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Don Marcos

139970Don Marcos is the typical Colonia Pellegrini restaurant. Its menu is simple: only milanesas, gilled steaks and pastas. Plates come to the table mounded with food. The French fries are perfectly ...
Restaurant
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Terra Wok Bar-restaurant

Terra Wok prepares nine varieties of chow fan (fried rice) and eight of yaki soba (noodles) with meat or seafood. Also appearing are sweet and sour chicken (pollo acaramelado) and omurice (omelets). ...
Restaurant
Puerto IguazĂş, Argentina

Parrilla-restaurant Lo De Lenguaza

E-yu-puráí-té, Willkommen, Bienvenue – Lo de Lenguaza welcomes its guests in eight languages. Lo de Lengueza may not have everything on the menu–it\'s painted on the windows –the day you ...
Restaurant
San Ignacio, Argentina

Gusto del Litoral

Do not be put off by the incredibly low prices, an absolute genius lurks in the kitchen of this sidewalk café. One of the best meals to be had in Argentina-what a pleasure to taste food with such ...
Restaurant
Puerto IguazĂş, Argentina

Kelo

Kelo doesn’t offer a thing under the scorching Misionero sun for the vegetarian. This is a true carnivore’s Eden. To begin, choose a side dish to accompany the espadines (rapier-like spits) and ...
Restaurant
Posadas, Argentina

La Bahía Che Retá

La Bahía is just one of the slew of sidewalk cafés lining the broad pedestrian streets in downtown Posadas. This bistro near the plaza offers a few out-of-the ordinary dishes. Instead of having ...
Restaurant
Posadas, Argentina

La Bianca

La Bianca is a corner cafĂ© with fine traditional Argentine cuisine. Chicken and beef dishes, prepared 15 different ways, grace the menu. The fish page is full of recipes using local ...
Restaurant
Resistencia, Argentina

La Cabaña

139967La Cabaña doesn’t have a whole lot to offer on its menu. It’s your basic hamburguesería, grilling up all manner of hamburgers and lomito (steak) sandwiches. It’s a popular place, though, to ...
Restaurant
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Comedor El Colono

139629At lunch, locals crowd into Comedor El Colono to share personal news or catch the noon noticias on the TV while having a delicious meal. These workers and families sit down to heaping plates of the ...
Restaurant
Roque Sáenz Peña, Argentina

Best Lodging in the area

Adventure Hostel

138527Right across from Plaza San MartĂ­n is one of the most incredible hostels in Argentina. The sprawling mid-20th century building on manicured grounds was an exclusive hotel; now, it is Adventure ...
Hostel
San Ignacio, Argentina

Camping Iberá

139956Camping Iberá, Colonia Carlos Pellegrini’s municipal campground, is a paradise within the Iberá paradise. Lucky travelers with a tent can choose from the ten sites right on the north shore of ...
Campground
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Hostel IguazĂş Falls

Once upon a time, this rambling Mediterranean-style villa was the Brazilian consulate. Today it is Hostel IguazĂş Falls, the most tranquil of the Hostelling International inns in Puerto IguazĂş. Just ...
Hostel
Puerto IguazĂş, Argentina

Hostel Bienvenida Golondrina

138641Just a half-block from the port is Corrientes’ first backpacker hostel, Bienvenida Golondrina. It is a tranquil destination for migratory golondrinas (swallows, or backpackers) to rest before ...
Hostel
Corrientes, Argentina

Residencial Uno

In the heart of Puerto IguazĂş, just two blocks from the bus station and downtown Iguazu, Residencial Uno offers a warm and comfortable environment that allows you to experience one of nature\'s ...
Hotel
Puerto IguazĂş, Argentina

Hotel Portal Del Sol

138529On the outside, Hotel Portal del Sol is a non-descript pink. On the inside, its rooms are much nicer: spacious, with private bath, air conditioning and heating; some even have over-stuffed chairs. ...
Hotel
San Ignacio, Argentina

Camping

Near Posadas are several campgrounds, which have sites, fire pits, hot water bathhouses and other amenities: Camping Club (Ca. 95 591, 1.2 km / 0.7 mi from the Terminal del Bus, Tel.: 45-7412 / ...
Campground
Posadas, Argentina

Plaza Hotel

139024When it comes to the towering four-story Plaza Hotel, think small: cramped rooms and bathrooms, and a pint-sized swimming pool (though, it does have enough water to help you relax in this tropical ...
Hotel
Formosa, Argentina

Hotel Internacional De Turismo Formosa

139025Hotel Internacional de Turismo Formosa was once a modern hotel with some fine touches, including green marble. It is still Formosa’s most luxurious hotel; rooms above the first floor have ...
Hotel
Formosa, Argentina

Arriba Rosario

Arriba Rosario is a tranquil backpacker’s hostel. When you walk into the entryway and up the marble staircase, gazing up at the stained-glass skylight, you know this wasn’t a family home. Once ...
Hostel
Rosario, Argentina
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