Encarnacion: Jesuit Ruins.

June 16, 2013

Kablooey 205Pretty grand.

In the 17th century, Jesuit missionaries set up camp in what is now known as Encarnacion, naming their settlement La Santisima Trinidad de Parana. Eventually the Jesuit sect declined in popularity and with the mission’s exodus followed the decay of their physical dwellings. Today the reasonably well-preserved ruins are one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Paraguay.

The Sch family and I spent a humid morning exploring the community remnants, pitting our expedition against the ominous brewing storm threatening to drop forth at any second. True to typically lax Paraguayan style, climbing up on the ruins was technically strongly discouraged, but a lack of tangible barriers made for very loose interpretations of said suggestion.

We ducked under archways, leaped off staggered pedestals, snuck behind headless statues, crawled into dark crypts (shudder), had competitive and completely inappropriate footraces, and almost made it out dry. Almost.

All in all, an excursion done right.

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