Asuncion (Departamento) Things to Do

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Asuncion (Departamento) Things to Do

  • Climb the Cerro!

    I can't remember the name of it, but climb the big hill in Asuncion! The view from above is amazing and there's not that many people!

  • Catedral Metropolitaina

    This very Spanish looking cathedral was built in 1687 and whilst its interior is very plain it has a large gilt Alter which is quite immpresive

  • Plaza de los heros

    This memorial to Paraguays fallen heroes, is modeled on the les Invalides in Paris, Francisco solano lopez is buried here along with the unknown soldier its quite interesting why Francisco is so revered seeing as he waged war against Argintina, Uraguay and Brazil which ended up as a disaster, Paraquay lost half its men and a third of its territory

  • The Musea de ballas artes

    Thereqare some interesting works of art, a lot of it early Indian work after thier introduction to the christian church I found this peice of interest Christ in a unusual pose dont you think?

  • The Palicio de los lopez

    The presidental palace offers good veiws out over the rio Paraquay but look to the right and a shanty town speads from the doorstep almost down to the river bankj, a reminder that theres still work to do ?

  • Rio Paraquay

    This great river was the reason why the city was founded here in 1537, it was a good staging post for the spanish with easy access to the sea and back to spain They are boat services from the port here and it is possible to travel downsteam

  • Recoleta Cemetary...Another One

    We have a Recoleta Cemetary here in Buenos Aires which is famous as the final resting place of Evita....well, Asuncion has its own Recoleta Cemetary with its own famous woman--Eliza Lynch (see the related Album). Its really peaceful and a little morbid to take a stroll through here on a nice day...I recommend it.

  • Jardin Botanico

    I spent a good chunk of my morning at the Jardin Botanico in Asuncion. It has two museums, a Natural History museum and an Indigenous museum, neither of which are particularly spectacular, but it also has a Zoo which is quite interesting. I was surprised at how many animals they have. It was free and interesting, but I heard the animals are not...

  • Not really a must see

    This is part of the shanty town next to the Senate and Presidents office. Across the river is Argentina. I just wanted you to see it, so you would know what to expect.

  • Ypacarai Lake

    "Una noche tibia nos conocimosjunto al lago azul de Ypacaraí.Ibas tú cantando por el caminobellas melodías en guaraní..."This is the first stanza of a popular song ("A warm night we met close to the blue lake of Ypacarai; you were singing along the way beautiful songs in Guarani..") The blue lake of Ypacarai is not situated in Asuncion, but 35 Km...

  • Elisa Lynch's House

    Elisa Lynch was a fascinating woman, who played an important role in the history of Paraguay; loved and hated, this Irish woman was the mistress Marshall Francisco Solano Lopez, and followed him to the Guerra de la Triple Alianza (Triple Alliance War).Her house was the see of the Law College until 1999.Unfortunately, the house was closed when I was...

  • Independence Square

    Plaza Independencia (Independence Square) is a beautiful and wooded square, situated close to the river; it is an ideal place to have a cool rest from the heat of Asuncion.Plaza Independencia es una plaza hermosa y arbolada, situada cerca del río; es un sitio ideal para descansar del calor de Asunción.

  • Heros' Square

    Plaza de los Héroes (Heros' Square) is not one square, but four (each one is a block). This is the very heart of the city, and it is a nice place, although the whole is a little bit ecclectic.The picture shows the monument to Juan O'Leary, a Paraguayan writer.Plaza de los Héroes no es una plaza, sino cuatro, (cada una ocupa una manzana). Es el...

  • Heros' National Pantheon

    This impressive building houses the remains of several Paraguayan heros (Don Carlos Antonio Lopez, Marshall Francisco Solano Lopez, Marshall Jose Felix Estigarribia, among others).The construction reminds Les Invalides in Paris.Unfortunately it was closed when I visited the place (it was Black Friday).Este imponente edificio alberga los restos de...

  • The Senate Building

    Asuncion is a quite ancient city, with some beautiful colonial buildings; the Senate building is a modern (almost futurist!) building, which stands up as some kind of flying saucer.This building was inaugurated in 2003, and the government of Taiwan donated 18 millions of dollars to its construction.Asunción es una ciudad bastante antigua, con...

  • Government Palace

    The Government Palace is known as "Casa de Lopez" (Lopez's House), because it was Francisco Solano Lopez's house, who ordered its construction in 1860. It is a very nice building, but you can take pictures from the sidewalk: if you try to approach, a guard will tell you to leave (I guess this does not happen with the President!)El Palacio de...

  • Cathedral

    The Cathedral is a simple but nice building, situated in front of Independencia Square. It was founded in 1845, so this means that it is not the original Cathedral (Asuncion was founded in 1537). I visited the Cathedral during the Black Friday, so the atmosphere inside the church was very special.La Catedral es un edificio simple pero bonito,...

  • President's Office

    This is not his home, but where he works. The country is poor, so do not be surprised by the shanty town 50 feet behind and to the left of the office.

  • Streets of Asuncion

    Here is a shot of the main downtown area of Asuncion. Many people line the streets eager to sell you a wide range of products which include watches, soccer jerseys, jewellery, cds, suitcases, knives, phones and much much more!

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