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The Missions Of Santa Ana And Loreto - Ruin San Ignacio - Argentina

The Santa Ana and Loreto mission ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are often overlooked by tours. Both sites are only partially excavated; trees sprout from the fallen vine-covered stones. Each site has its own museum. Like San Ignacio Miní, both were originally established in Brazil, but were refounded after the mass flight from Portuguese slave hunters.

Santa Ana, originally founded in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1633 and resettled here in 1660, has the typical reducción layout. One distinction is the steps that lead from the plaza to the church. Only 25 hectares (62 ac) of the city has been cleared, including a network of underground rainwater collection channels. Santa Ana’s workshops created silver and iron works, ceramics and paintings. Its main agricultural products were yerba mate and cattle. The cemetery is original, and was used by the modern city for burials until 1980, after which time it was used for condomblé rituals.

Loreto, first settled in Brazil in 1610, was established at the present site in 1650. Its urban plan is different than most reducciones. To the left of the church were the hospital, cotiguazú and cemetery; to the right, the school, workshops and religious quarters with well-preserved latrines. Another distinction is the entry to the settlement was through the farmlands. Off the plaza’s left side, a path goes to another small square where the excavated ruins of the Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Loreto are. This mission had a printing press and the largest library in the region.

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Getting There

Both ruins are off Ruta Nacional 12. The turn-off for Loreto is 12 kilometers (7 mi) west of San Ignacio, then 3 kilometers (1.8 mi) down the side road to the village plaza and ruins. Santa Ana is 16 kilometers (9.6 mi) from San Ignacio. From th

Travel Tips:

In Santa Ana village is Taller de Arte Brasanelli, a community artisan workshop (Avenida Belgrano, two blocks east of Avenida San Martín, E-mail: Just outside town are two Guaraní communities. On a hilltop southwest is being constructed Parque Temático de Santa Ana, which will have a museum, interpretive center, miradores, paths and restaurants.

Loreto village commemorates Nuestra Señora de Loreto with a procession on December 10. The ceremony draws over 2000 faithful.

Camping is possible in both villages. In Santa Ana is Playas del Paraná (Lote 33, Tel.: 03752-47-0231). In Loreto are Campamento Yabebiry (Ruta Nacional 12, Arroyo Yabebiry, Tel.: 03752-44-7027) and Camping La Boca (Arroyo Yabebiry and Río Paraná, Tel.: 03752-47-0190).

Price Description:

Both ruins are included on the ticket for San Ignacio Miní ruins.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Daily 7 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 7 p.m.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take along water and food. The roads to the ruins are unshaded; take sun protection and hat, as well as a rain slicker in case of rain. Also bring bug spray, as the jejenes and mosquitoes are quite hungry in the ruins. And don’t forget your San Ignacio Miní entry ticket.

Visit the other Jesuit ruin, San Ignacio Miní. Explore the nature and legends of Parque Provincial Teyú Cuaré. Go boating, fishing and sunbathing at Puerto Nuevo’s beach. Visit Horacio Quiroga’s homestead.

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