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    About 30 mins from Villarrica

    by JohnByron Updated Aug 27, 2005

    This is a swimming hole, I can not remember the name of it; i will try to put it in soon. Great fun ,however, we were there for about 2 hours before we had to leave...DO NOT SWIM in the stagnate part of this, only where the water is running. My friends Liz cant swim, so she went to a part where it was about to her waist, and she was eaten alive. She swelled up, an allerigic reaction, and we had to leave really quick and with bad roads and the nearest dr 45 mins away this is not a place you want to get in to trouable. Everything turned out fine, we had some cortizone which helped her until we got back.

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    Red Crested Cardinals in the park

    by Pete.Gibson Written Aug 25, 2005

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    When visiting the Presidental palace take 10mins to walk to a small park about 200yds to the left of the palace and just watch the red crested cardinals very pretty birds with bright red head and crest and white breast

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    Have a nice foot!

    by andal13 Updated May 4, 2004

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    This podiatrist consulting room was located just in front of my hotel; I found its frontage so funny, that I took my first picture in Asuncion here.

    Este consultorio podológico estaba situado justo en frente a mi hotel; encontré su fachada tan divertida, que saqué mi primera foto de Asunción allí.

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    The School

    by andal13 Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    In 1924, a school was founded at Artigas' land: the place where the Urugauayan hero lived his last years (and died) houses an Uruguayan public primary school. Near 20 % of pupils are Uruguayan, and all the teachers as well (except the teacher of Guarani language, who is Paraguayan).
    This school can be visited; it is situated at Avenida Artigas, close to Botanical Garden.

    En 1924, una escuela fue fundada en el solar de Artigas: el lugar en donde el héroe uruguayo vivió sus últimos años (y en donde murió) alberga una escuela pública uruguaya. Cerca del 20 % de los alumnos son uruguayos, así como también las maestras (excepto la profesora de guaraní, que es paraguaya).
    Esta escuela puede ser visitada; se encuentra en la Avenida Artigas junto al Jardín Botánico.

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    Artigas' Land

    by andal13 Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Jose Artigas, the Uruguayan national hero, went to his exile in 1820 in Paraguay. The Paraguayan dictator Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia accepted this "guest", but let him live really far from Asuncion, because he thaught Artigas was a dangerous revolutionary. After Francia's death, President Carlos Antonio Lopez invited Artigas to live in Asuncion, and gave him a land 6 km far from downtown. Artigas lived here his last years (he died in 1850), and used to seat under a beautiful tree, and "ibirapita" (Peltophorum dubium), also known as "Artigas' tree" since then.
    Artigas' land (el solar de Artigas) can be visited nowadays, althougth the only witness of the last days of our hero is that tree.

    Jose Artigas, el héroe naciona uruguayo, partió hacia su exilio en 1820, a Paraguay. El dicatador paraguayo Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia aceptó a este "invitado", pero le permitió vivir muy lejos de Asunción, dado que creía que Artigas era un peligroso revolucionario. Luego de la muerte de Francia, el Presidente Carlos Antonio Lopez invitó a Artigas a vivir en Asuncion, y le dio un solar a 6 km del centro. Artigas vivió allí sus últimos años (murió en 1850), y solía sentarse a la sombra de un hermoso árbol, un ipirapitá (Peltophorum dubium), también conocido como "árbol de Artigas" desde entonces.
    El solar de Artigas puede visitarse en la actualidad, si bien el único testigo que queda de los últimos días del héroe es ese árbol.

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    Plaza Uruguaya

    by andal13 Updated Apr 28, 2004

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    Plaza Uruguaya (Uruguayan Square) is a large and wooded square; it is not a really "off the beaten path" place, because it is at downtown, in front of the train station, but I wanted to post this because I am Uruguayan, and because in the middle of the square there is a statue of General Jose Artigas, the Uruguayan national hero, who lived in Paraguay for 30 years and died there; this statue was recently moved into this square from Artigas square, so if you visit this one, you will se an empty pedestal!

    Plaza Uruguayaes una gran plaza arbolada; no es en realidad un sitio fuera del circuito turístico, ya que se encuentra en el centro frente a la estación de trenes, pero quise escribir esto porque yo soy uruguaya, y porque en el medio de la plaza hay una estatua del General José Artigas, el héroe nacional uruguayao, quien vivió en Paraguay durante 30 años y murió allí; esta estatua fue recientemente traída a este lugar desde la Plaza Artigas, por lo que si visitan esa plaza verán un pedestal vacío!

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    Caacupé

    by andal13 Written Apr 27, 2004

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    Some centuries ago, a Christian guarani native, was pursueing by other tribe natives: He hid in a forest, behind a tree of "yerba mate" and asked The Virgin Mary for protection; he promised to make her a carving with wood of that tree. His persecutors did not find him, so later the native made two sculptures: one for Tobati Church, and another one for himself. Years later, the flood which created Ypacarai lake almost destroyed the neighbour towns, so the franciscan friars and the local people, prayed to calm down the waters; they dropped, and then a sculpture of the Virgin appeared... it was the one that natived carved years before.

    The Sanctuary of Caacupe, which means "behind the yerba tree" is a pilgrimage place for Paraguayan people; the town of Caacupe is 60 Km far from Asuncion.

    Hace unos siglos, un indio guaraní convertido al cristianismo, era perseguido por nativos de otra tribu. En la espesura del monte un grueso tronco de la planta de yerba mate se ofrece como un refugio seguro y allí se esconde, y pide amparo a la Virgen; en ese momento promete que le tallará, una imagen. Sus perseguidores siguieron de largo sin advertir su presencia, y el indio escultor, agradecido, en cuanto pudo regresar, tomó del árbol la madera que necesitaba para su trabajo. Del tronco surgieron dos tallas; la mayor fue destinada a la Iglesia de Tobatí y la más pequeña la conservó el indio en su poder, para su devoción personal. Años después la gran inundación que creó el lago de Ypacarai amenazaba con destruir los poblados cercanos y los frailes franciscanos, acompañados de los habitantes de la región, organizaron rogativas pidiendo la tranquilidad de las aguas; éstas retrocedieron hasta sus límites actuales; junto con la calma, una imagen de la Virgen, que fue reconocida por los presentes como la misma que el indio tallara años atrás.

    El Santuario de Caacupé, que significa "destrás de la yerba" es un sitio de peregrinación para los paraguayos; la localidad de Caacupé se encuentra a unos 60 Km de Asunción.

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