Jesuit Ruins

This weekend, we took a road trip with Uncle Jay and Aunt Shelf, traveling from Asunción to Encarnación, the site of the Jesuit Ruins in Paraguay.

It was a five hour drive in the car. Jay and Michele sat in the third row, the boys were in their carseats in the second row and Brian and I sat up front. There was certainly a fair amount of crying and screaming, but over all it was fine and we made it in one piece!


The Jesuit Ruins in Encarnación are the remains of Reductions, Indian settlements created by the Jesuits in the 17th and 18th centuries. In South America, Jesuit Reductions were built in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Two of the Jesuit Reductions in Paraguay – La Santísima Trinidad and Jesús de Tavarangue – are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On Friday afternoon we visited both.

Here is Santísima Trinidad:




Here we are at Jesús de Tavarangue:

We arrived near closing time in the late afternoon.

Here’s PTK watching Daddy and Danny up on the pulpit.

Danny didn’t want to be carried and didn’t want to hold hands (except with Patrick); he just wanted to walk by himself. And Patrick had fun standing on top of the pulpit too.

And before we left, Patrick was “being a bear to us” for a few minutes.

It was a long day yesterday – five hours in the car, minimal napping, sightseeing in the hot sun, a late dinner and very late bedtimes. Both boys were exhausted and went right to bed.

Thankfully everyone slept until nearly 8am the next morning!

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