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Parana, Argentina - Day Tours Of The River In An Attractive City

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2012   » View Photoset (46 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I spent a great day in Parana after I visited Santa Fe
Argentina Photo - John Lennon wall mural at the new port at the Parana River in Parana.
John Lennon wall mural at the new port at the Parana River in Parana.
the day before, it's on the eastern side of the Parana River 1hr from Santa Fe. Parana is a place I would recommend visiting if you like attractive cities and peaceful walks along the riverfront. I was here on a weekend and there was lots of activity down beside the river, the locals are very lucky. From the bus terminal I walked into the center of the city, it was at least a kilometre.

City Tour

As with most of my city tours I like to start at the central plaza, in this case Plaza 1 de Mayo (Plaza 1st of May). Like most city plazas, it's Parana's social and cultural meeting point and is surrounded by emblematic buildings. The plazas 2 fountains were built in 1886 and the main monument is to independence leader Jose de San Martin. Those emblematic buildings include the stunning cathedral, Palace Episcopal, College del Huerto, Palace Municipal, School Jose M. Torres, the post office and the social club. Even the McDonalds restaurant has it's own historical building on the corner while Parana's theatre Teatro Municipal 3 de Febrero is 2 blocks away. A few blocks from the center is Plaza 'Juan Bautista' Alberdi, he was a political theorist and lived from 1810-1884. The plaza / park is grassy and has a monument to the volunteer firemen of Parana. The city has several museums - Museo Historico Provincial Martiniano Leguizamon, Museo Bellas Artes Pedro E. Martinez and
Argentina Photo - Ferry and yacht on the Rio Parana in Parana.
Ferry and yacht on the Rio Parana in Parana.
Museo de la Ciudad. More churches include San Miguel, Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Nuestra Senora de la Piedad, Sagrado Corazon and Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion. Other plazas include Plazas Alvear, Mitre, Saenz Pena and Carbo.

Sunday Feast

I decided to bypass McDonalds this time
Argentina Photo - Green sailboat Dona Mela on the Parana River in Parana.
Green sailboat Dona Mela on the Parana River in Parana.
in favour of an 'all you can eat' lunch at the big Chinese restaurant on one side of the plaza. It cost 50 pesos ($11USD) for an absolutely great Sunday feast.

Port and River Tours

I wanted to get down to the river and take a look, the port is called Puerto Nuevo (New Port). I walked several blocks and arrived at the Navy building Prefectura Naval Argentina which is a brown and white historic building with a monument to Martin Jacobo Thompson (1777-1819), he was the 1st captain of the ports. Another monument to Admiral Guillermo Brown is in the small park across the road. Around this area people were fishing, boats were docked and ferry boats left to take people on river tours. There is an impressive wall of graffiti art and murals on a wall at this end of the walkway including Albert Einstein and John Lennon.

Along the Riverfront

As I walked along the riverfront past the police monument, it was clear to see that half of the cityfolk were down here enjoying themselves -
Argentina Photo - Map of the center of Parana city with historic buildings and plaza.
Map of the center of Parana city with historic buildings and plaza.
sipping mate tea, eating, playing, walking and relaxing. Sailboats cruised up and down the river and kids rode their bikes along the boulevard of Parque Urquiza. A monument to the heroes of the Malvinas (Falklands War) could be seen as I walked towards the Puerto Viejo (Old Port). Along a little from the fountain is a pretty beach area with umbrellas and small wooden wharfs. It was a nice place to sit quietly for a while and
Argentina Photo - Plaza 1 de Mayo in Parana with monument to Jose de San Martin.
Plaza 1 de Mayo in Parana with monument to Jose de San Martin.
relax watching the river flow by. Next a man came and said that the beach was private. I had wondered why no one else was there, but it was nice while it lasted. The big hill behind the road offers some higher views of the area and has an airplane monument at the top. It was an enjoyable afternoon spent beside the Parana River. I sat and had a beer while watching the sun go down and boats sail into the orange sunset.

Bus to Colon

That evening I travelled east to Colon near the border of Uruguay, the journey took 5hrs and is 290kms. Distances from Parana to other cities in Argentina / Uruguay are as follows: Buenos Aires 470kms, Cordoba 360kms, Corrientes 573kms, Formosa 761kms, Mendoza 952kms, Tucuman 794kms, Posadas 758kms, Resistencia 590kms, Rosario 180kms, Santa Fe 30kms, Concordia 261kms, Gualeguaychu 322kms, Piedras Blancas 117kms, Montevideo 639kms and Paysandu 300kms.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Parana (Argentina) to:


Map location: Parana, Argentina. River towns are nice, the river is always the real center of town where all the locals gather to sip mate tea and relax.
 A : Santa Fe - Argentina 23 kms 23 kms straight distance | 1hr 14mins 1hr 14mins by car (46 kms) | 1hr 28mins 1hr 28mins by bus (46 kms) (46 kms)
 B : Rosario - Argentina 135 kms 135 kms straight distance | 2hrs 52mins 2hrs 52mins by car (219 kms) | 3hrs 26mins 3hrs 26mins by bus (219 kms) (219 kms)
 C : Colon - Argentina 236 kms 236 kms straight distance | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by car (277 kms) | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by bus (277 kms) (277 kms)
 D : Paysandu - Uruguay 238 kms 238 kms straight distance | 3hrs 58mins 3hrs 58mins by car (280 kms) | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by bus (280 kms) (280 kms)
 E : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 260 kms 260 kms straight distance | 4hrs 37mins 4hrs 37mins by car (352 kms) | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by bus (352 kms) (352 kms)
 F : Mercedes - Uruguay 289 kms 289 kms straight distance | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by car (369 kms) | 5hrs 52mins 5hrs 52mins by bus (369 kms) (369 kms)
 G : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 296 kms 296 kms straight distance | 5hrs 19mins 5hrs 19mins by car (405 kms) | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by bus (405 kms) (405 kms)
 H : Cordoba - Argentina 357 kms 357 kms straight distance | 5hrs 49mins 5hrs 49mins by car (422 kms) | 6hrs 58mins 6hrs 58mins by bus (422 kms) (422 kms)
 I : Carmelo - Uruguay 328 kms 328 kms straight distance | 6hrs 14mins 6hrs 14mins by car (470 kms) | 7hrs 28mins 7hrs 28mins by bus (470 kms) (470 kms)
 J : Buenos Aires - Argentina 369 kms 369 kms straight distance | 5hrs 46mins 5hrs 46mins by car (505 kms) | 6hrs 55mins 6hrs 55mins by bus (505 kms) (505 kms)
 K : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 413 kms 413 kms straight distance | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by car (513 kms) | 7hrs 49mins 7hrs 49mins by bus (513 kms) (513 kms)
 L : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 431 kms 431 kms straight distance | 6hrs 41mins 6hrs 41mins by car (523 kms) | 8hrs 1min 8hrs 1min by bus (523 kms) (523 kms)
 M : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 394 kms 394 kms straight distance | 6hrs 52mins 6hrs 52mins by car (540 kms) | 8hrs 14mins 8hrs 14mins by bus (540 kms) (540 kms)
 N : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 461 kms 461 kms straight distance | 7hrs 35mins 7hrs 35mins by car (590 kms) | 9hrs 6mins 9hrs 6mins by bus (590 kms) (590 kms)
 O : Rivera - Uruguay 481 kms 481 kms straight distance | 8hrs 17mins 8hrs 17mins by car (643 kms) | 9hrs 56mins 9hrs 56mins by bus (643 kms) (643 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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