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Parque Provincial Teyú Cuaré - Other Activity San Ignacio - Argentina

Founded in 1992, Parque Provincial Teyú Cuaré protects 78 hectares (192.7 ac) of unique geology and jungle. On this stretch of the Río Paraná’s south bank, there are 120- to 216-meter-high (394- to 709-ft) bluffs tinted yellow, orange, rose and red, much like the landscape of the rest of Misiones Province. The park is named for the endemic cactus teyú cuaré, whose Guaraní name means “Cave of the Lizards.” The jungle is composed of the various species of orchids (best July-September), pindocito, the tree fern cachí bravo de pantano, urunday blanco and lapacho negro. Fauna species include several varieties of lizards and bats. Spring and fall are best for observing the dozens of bird species that frequent the forest. Capybara and caiman can be seen occasionally down by the river.

Visitors can explore Parque Provincial Teyú Cuaré by a network of trails. The Sendero de la Casa de Bormann heads downhill to the ruins of the Jesuit port, where–local legend says–Hitler’s right-hand man Martin Bormann arrived in 1948. He spent several years, it is told, before fleeing to Paraguay from Nazi hunters. (Distance: 800 m / 0.5 mi, Difficulty: medium-hard, Duration: 1 hr round trip).

Sendero de la Selva leads to several lookout points over the Río Pananá, with views of Isla del Toro (Paraguay) and Isla del Barco Hundido (Argentina) (Distance: 600 m / 0.37 mi, Difficulty: medium). From here the Escalón, a stone staircase, cuts through the jungle to near the banks of the river and a campsite (Distance: 150 m / 493 ft, Difficulty medium-high). Turning left on the dirt road (Distance: 350 m / 1150 ft, Difficulty: low) leads to Sendero de las Guayabas, a path through guava forest (Distance: 400 m / 1312 ft, Difficulty: medium). The entire loop of these four trails takes approximately 1.5 hours.


Eight kilometers (4.8 mi) from San Ignacio

San Ignacio, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Natural park

Getting There

From San Ignacio’s main plaza, follow Avenida San Martín north to Cabral. Turn left, go about 200 meters (656 ft) to the signed turn-off to the right. Follow this road two kilometers (1.2 mi) to the signed turn-off for Club del Río. After 1.

Travel Tips:

Beware of wasps. Keep on established trails; do not wander off into the jungle. Keep an eye on the ground for snakes and other obstacles. During or after rains, be careful on the staircase trail.

The park has free camping (no facilities) near the ranger station. A second campground near the river is prone to flooding.

On the road between the Club del Rio and Teyú Cuaré turn-offs are two other nature reserves: Yatay-Poñí and Urunday Blanco Provincial Nature Monuments.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take along water and food. Much of the walk to the park is unshaded; take sun protection and 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. Go boating, fishing and sunbathing at Puerto Nuevo’s beach. Visit Horacio Quiroga’s homestead.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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