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Casa De Quiroga - Historical Building San Ignacio - Argentina

In 1903, young Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937) made a journey to Misiones that would change his life forever. Haunted by the beauty and savage wilderness of the region, he returned in 1906 to build a home on 185 hectares near San Ignacio, where for a while he was Justice of the Peace. Over the following decades, he lived there with his family, returning time and again. His life was marked by family suicides, abandonment by his second wife and other tragedies.

Some of Quiroga’s works, such as Cuentos de Amor, de Locura y de Muerte (made into a movie in 1994, directed by Nemesio Juárez), revealed life’s dark, emotional traumas. His most famous story collections, Cuentos de la Selva and Anaconda, were inspired by the jungle he called home. Quiroga influenced the magic realism and postmodern surrealism literary movements.

At the entry is a small museum about Horacio Quiroga and his oeuvre. A trail, with signs recounting his tragic life and quotes from his writings, leads to a jungle clearing where the houses he built still stand. The first home was rebuilt for the 1994 movie. In the second are Quiroga’s typewriter, handyman tools, motorcycle and other personal effects.

San Ignacio, Argentina

Historical Building Types:
Site of historic significance

Getting There

Many signs point the way along the route to Quiroga’s house. From San Ignacio’s main plaza, follow Avenida San Martín north to Cabral. Turn right 200 meters (657 ft, paved) to Avenida Quiroga and go left another 200 meters (657 ft, unpave

Travel Tips:

A few other of Quiroga’s stories were made into movies: Mocoso Malcriado, based on the story “Nuestro Primer Cigarro” (1993), Los Verdes Paraísos (based on “Su Ausencia”, 1947) and Prisioneros de la Tierra (1939). Cuentos de la Selva, directed by Norman Ruiz and Liliana Romero, is set to be released in July, 2010.

The main road continues 3 kilometers (1.8 mi) to Puerto Nuevo, where are beaches, boating, fishing and other activities. Before reaching the river, off the left, is a path leading to a M’bya Guaraní community.

Quiroga’s Cuentos de la Selva, a collection of stories he wrote for his children, is good reading for beginning Spanish students.

Price Description:

Adults: $2; children 8 years old and younger: free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily 7:45 a.m. (theoretically)

Open Hours to:Daily 7:45 p.m. (theoretically)

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take along water and food. Much of the walk to Quiroga’s house is unshaded; take sun protection and a hat, as well as a rain slicker in case of rain. Also bring bug spray.

Visit the Jesuit ruins of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana and Loreto. Explore the nature and legends of Parque Provincial Teyú Cuaré. Go boating, fishing and sunbathing at Puerto Nuevo’s beach.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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