Santísima Trinidad del Paraná, Paraguay

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Our next stop in Paraguay is Encarnation, which served as a major base visiting Jesuit ruins South of Paraguay, we decided to take a chance to look for a place in Trinidad, a small village that has the best Jesuit ruins preserved. We read about a Hotel Las Ruinas right next to the ruins that is not so expensive, which turns out to be not such a good value. Desperate to find a place to sleep tonight and not wanting to go back to Encarnation, we asked at the ruin’s ticket office where else to stay. He told us about another hostel just 2 blocks down. So I walked 2 blocks down and found a small village clinic, I asked a nurse where to find the hostel, she pointed the building right across, “over there!” she said. Then she took out her phone and called someone, “she’s expecting you. She’s in the small shop diagonally from here.” I found the lady working in a small shop. After seeing me she closed her shop and opened her house across from her shop. This “hostel” is actually a private house that remodeled part of its shed to rent out to the visitors. Now we got shed that looked like a nice hotel room inside with its own private bath – all for a two-third of the price of Hotel Las Ruinas.

We went back to the Trinidad ruins by the sunset and visited the Jesuit missionary ruins of the area. Jesuit were the first missionaries in the area and it has treated the natives with a lot of respect, winning a lot of converts in return. It grew quickly and gradually got attention and jealousy of the Spanish crown. The Spanish crown eventually done away with Jesuits and ousted them out from their missionaries. Following Jesuit’s exile, Spanish quickly proceeded with mass destructions of their missionary buildings in search of gold and other valuables. They found very little of what they wanted, but left generations of legacy destroyed.

From Santísima Trinidad del Paraná, Paraguay, posted by Jenny Zheng on 8/03/2012 (81 items)

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