In March of 2024, we crossed northern Argentina from the Andes to the Atlantic Rainforest, dipped a toe into Paraguay, and reached 200,000 miles (321,869 km) on our truck. We started the month in the Cafayate wine region of Salta Province in northern Argentina and we ended the month in Posadas, the capital of Missiones Province in Argentina. In total, we drove 1,719 miles (2,766 km) during our South American road trip in northern Argentina and Paraguay in March of 2024. Here are road trip highlights including Jesuit missions, Iguazu Falls (finally!), and a border crossing via ferry plus a map, drive-lapse video, and photos.

200k miles Trans-Americas Journey

As we entered Puerto Iguazu, Argentina in March 2024, the odometer in our Chevy Silverado ticked over to 200,000 miles.

March 2024 road trip in Argentina & Paraguay

We began the month of March 2024 in Cafayete in the heart of Argentina’s northern wine-making region–an area we first visited more than seven years ago. After checking out some of the new (or at least new to us) restaurants, hotels, wineries, and distilleries in the area it was time to move on.

We don’t usually have much of a plan. However, that changed because of a serious issue with the diesel fuel rails in our truck. We had the problem temporarily fixed by a terrific mechanic in Salta but replacement parts were not available in Argentina so we set our sights on Paraguay where it’s possible to import parts.

Campo del Cielo meterorite

The two largest meteorite fragments found at Campo del Cielo in Argentina are the 34-ton Gancedo meteorite (left), and the 31.7-ton El Chaco meteorite. They are the third and fourth heaviest single-piece meteorite masses ever recovered anywhere on the planet.

It would take about 10 days for the parts to arrive in Paraguay, so we filled the time with our first visit to Iguazu Falls, heading east to the northeast corner of Argentina where Iguazu Falls is located on the so-called Triple Frontier where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet. Along the way, we visited Campo del Cielo, a small area on the border of Chaco Proving and Santiago del Estero Province where a very high number of iron meteorites have been discovered. The meteorite field here contains at least 26 craters and the third and fourth largest single-piece meteors ever recovered (pictured above) along with thousands of smaller fragments.

Iguazu Falls Brazil

Iguazu Falls from the Devil’s Throat lookout on the Brazil side of this massive natural wonder.

After nearly four years of exploration in Argentina, it was high time we took in one of the country’s most popular destinations, and Iguazu Falls did not disappoint. We were awestruck as we explored the famous falls from the Argentinean side and from the Brazilian side, as well as from the air during a scenic flight over Iguazu Falls.

Bonus: as we arrived in the Argentine town of Puerto Iguazu, we reached 200,000 miles (321,869 km) on our truck.

triple frontier ferry between Argentina and Paraguay road trip in Argentina and Paraguay

The border crossing from Puerto Iguazu, Argentina into Paraguay required a very short ride on a ferry across the Rio Paraná. The new bridge that you can see in the background is being constructed to connect Brazil and Paraguay over the Rio Iguazu.

From Iguazu Falls, we crossed into Paraguay for the first time, making it the first new country added to our list since 2016. This border crossing, the 96th of our Journey so far, had another distinction. This border, known as the Triple Frontier, is where Argentina and Brazil (separated by the Rio Iguazu), meet Paraguay (separated by the Rio Paraná). This meant that our crossing from Argentina to Paraguay required a short ferry ride over the Rio Paraná–the first time we’ve crossed a border via ferry.

Our first stop in Paraguay was the grungy and hectic border town of Ciudad del Este where we picked up the truck parts we’d had shipped from the US. We then drove to Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, which we found surprisingly engaging.

Jesuit Mission of Jesus de Tavarangue road trip in Argentina and Paraguay

The Jesuit Mission of Jesus de Tavarangue is one of a string of missions in Paraguay that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

From Asuncion, we headed south toward Encarnacion where we explored some of the ruins of the Guarani Jesuit Missions which are UNESCO WORLD Heritage Sites. The Jesuits in South America were given the Hollywood treatment in the 1986 movie The Mission starring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, and Liam Neeson.

At the end of March, we crossed the bridge over the Rio Paraná which connects Encarnacion, Paraguay to Posadas, Argentina where we ended the month.

Our complete March 2024 road trip driving route in Argentina and Chile can be seen in the map below:

See what we saw during our March 2024 road trip in Argentina and Paraguay in our dashcam drive-lapse video, below. It was, as always, shot by our Brinno camera which is attached to our dashboard at all times.

 

Here’s more about travel in Argentina

Here’s more about travel in Paraguay

 

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