Unique Places in Paraguay

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    Casa de Retiros - Mirianela

    by DSwede Written May 23, 2012

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    If you have access to a car and like to get off the beaten path, then coming to the Casa de Retiros is a possibility. If you are reading this, consider doing this together with my other tip (Casa del Monte), since they are relatively in the same area.

    These area is a relatively modern construction. But is has a mixture of design features of both modern, post modern and more traditional. Arches and spires are built with various brick designs, using both colors and patters to bring out both functional but artistic qualities.

    It is locates well outside of populated areas, so it is quiet and serene. On the average day, there may only be a few people walking around, but due to its size, it sometimes functions as a congregation point for any number of religious services or gatherings.

    Cost to enter is free. This is a public space, but it is also a religious area, so refrain from too much noise and

    To get there, follow the map link : http://g.co/maps/yu42f

    To get there, basically drive towards Caacupe. About 6km west of Caacupe, you must turn north on "Ruta Ciudad Tobati - Ciudad Atyra". Continue about 12km to Atyra. At this point, follow the map and don't be afraid to ask any locals.

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    Casa del Monte - Preserve and Zoo

    by DSwede Updated May 23, 2012

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    If you have a car and some time, then one place to consider is Casa del Monte. If you are reading this, consider doing this together with my other tip (Casa de Retiros - Mirianela), since they are relatively in the same area. The site also is a hotel for city people who want to get away from everything and just get back into the peace and quiet of nature.

    However, even if you don't stay here, you can have a nice lunch/dinner in their restaurant. It is an open air restaurant with an elevated view of the forest that stretches down and towards the horizon. The restaurant is good quality, but slightly on the the more expensive side.

    But the real reason I'm writing is because there are some walking paths through the forest for an opportunity to stretch your legs. Also on the grounds are some various animals in their own private zoo. The aviary has various types of toucans, parrots and jungle birds. They also have some monkeys too.

    Cost to enter is free, just have to register your name with the gate guards.

    To get there, follow the map link : http://g.co/maps/wwf22

    To get there, basically drive towards Caacupe. About 6km west of Caacupe, you must turn north on "Ruta Ciudad Tobati - Ciudad Atyra". Continue about 12km to Atyra. At this point, follow the map and don't be afraid to ask any locals.

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    Museo Mitologico

    by DSwede Written May 21, 2012

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    Okay, I'm not sure if I fully agree with what I read, but the Mythological Museum does at least warrant an honorable mention.

    I drove by it once and decided to give it a pass. Later the next day when I was trying to find some information on some other places, I stumbled across an article which listed the Mythological Museum as one of the top-10 must-do's in Paraguay.

    The museum does have a handful of sculptures and artifacts, as well as old documents and paraphernalia. But one of the things it lacks is detailed descriptions for foreign visitors. For someone who knows the local folklore, it may be a worth while place. But for an outsider, it may come off a bit out of place.

    Open 8am~11:30am, closed lunch, open 12:30~5pm.
    Sundays & holidays open - 7:30am~12noon

    Location:
    Ruta 2 (s/n), Capiata
    It is on the south side of Ruta 2 in Capiata. There is no street number. The map in the website link (http://g.co/maps/4nkfg) gives the location. It is about 1km west of the intersection of Ruta 2 and Martin Ledesma.

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    Rio Itaipu

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    we had a great time by the River Itaipu, who was already market to become one of the main source for a Dam and South Americas biggest electricity provider,
    who would be build on the brasilian site...they started 1974 and the Dam was finished by 1982. this Mega project distroyed one of the most beautiful Falls in the World, Sete Quedas......if you have some time have a look at the website below.

    at around 1972, we still enjoyed the glory of this great nature spot,Locals showed us the best places for fishing,swimming..

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    Villarrica, the "Walking City"

    by eduar68 Written Nov 29, 2008

    Villarrica, is called "la ciudad andariega" or the Walking City because the location of the city has changed seven times since its original foundation in 1570. The city suffered the attack of bandeirantes, potuguese/brazilean bandits and the citizens changed the location of town several times. Today is a college city, particularly the school of medicine. Contrary to other cities in Paraguay, the downtown area is a bit of the main road and can be confusing to reach.
    The cathedral dates from 1873 but the bells are actually a century older, from 1781 and made in Milan, Italy. The city has several old mansions, some of them private homes and other occupied by private or public institutions. The Ykuapyta park provides a place to relax. The nearby hills provide a place to practice several adventure or extreme sports

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    Three Frontiers - Paraguay Side

    by ATXtraveler Written Sep 3, 2007

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    In Southeastern Paraguay, the Iguassu and Parana rivers meet to create the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. This region is known between the three as Tres Frontieras or Three Frontiers. During our visit to the Argentinian side, we noticed that the Brazil side and the Argentine side both were well built up tourist attractions while the Paraguayan side looked wholly delapitated. When we inquired from a driver as to the possibility of going to see the Paraguayan side, he mentioned... it would be a waste of your time and my gas, as there is really not much to see. As I looked back on my pictures, I would tend to agree with him. It appears that not much effort has been put into this area, but I would still consider it if you wanted to get a couple good pictures of the Brazilian or Argentinian side as a whole.

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    the Gran Chaco

    by pepples46 Updated Jun 21, 2006

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    the vast Gran Chaco, one of South Americas great wilderness area. the west of the Chaco is covered with marshes, lagoons, realy dense forest..selva and jungles. the eastern part of Paraguay between the Rivers Parana and Paraguay is upland country, thicker populated and cultivated
    if you do hike or walk in the chaco..you must know what ya doing, hot and humid and very big. when you have travelled in the Rainforest at Amazonia, you know what Iam talking about, take care, try to get a guide at least. touristcenter in the Capital Ascunsion
    have a look at Wikipedias information on the Gran Chaco and have a look at the second pic I took from the web

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    settlements

    by pepples46 Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    in the Chaco and the Ox has a break....normaly he has to work on the well to bring the water up from quite deep.
    those settlements are no fun. hart work to survive a day,the crob maybe destroyed by whatever..too much rain, no rain...pests.

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    Concepcion

    by pepples46 Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    also called Villa Concepcion...situated on the Paraguay River in the nordern part of Paraguay..a scene at the barca, ferry...crossing the River
    Concepcion is the commercial center of the region and serves as free port for southwestern Brasil, is also connected by Road and Railroad. tannaries I remember the most, and huge erva mate trade. Paraguayans are seldom seen without the mate ^..^ erva(yerva) mate tea

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    Mennonite Life

    by tequilagirl Updated Jul 11, 2004

    The northern part of Paraguay is known as the Chaco. This is a fairly unpopulated, desolate area. The temperatures in the summer months can hit an average of about 50C degrees, which makes life very difficult. Russian and Canadian mennonites settled in the Chaco region in the 1920's, and have two fairly large settlements - Filadelfia, and Loma Plata. The main industry in both of these settlements are milk co-ops. I took a four-day trip up to the Chaco and was fascinated by the way of life, the barreness of the land, and the wildlife I saw along the way.

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    Iglesia de Yaguaron

    by eduar68 Written Jun 21, 2004

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    About 45 min out of Asuncion there is a small town called Yaguaron. Just by the main road you can see an old, colonial Franciscan church. The most important feature is the fact of many amerindian arts and crafts. The guarani indians became famous for his musical instruments and religious wooden carves. The church is full of them. The doors, the altar, the pulpit and the wonderful huge crucifix at the entrance.
    The tower is actually a wooden structure, almost like an observation post with a bell hanging from the roof. Everything transports you to the age of "The Mission"

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    The Green Hell

    by airjared Written May 31, 2004

    If you want a 6 hour bumpy ride that takes you well into the interior of South America, you can mingle with some of the native indians who are now populating more of this area. More widely known as the Chaco, this is probably the hardest place settlers could have tried to survive in. Yet, the Mennonites have been able to turn it into the most well known cattle ranching in Paraguay. The green hell is flat, sandy, hot, and filled with vertically challenged vegetation. Visit and you will see the fruits of hard labor, you will meet with people whose faith in our Lord Jesus Christ has been the essence of their survival, and how He has provided "streams in the desert".

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    in the Countryside

    by pepples46 Updated Dec 23, 2003

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    just outside from Accuncion..in 1971
    Life was hart and slow going. Campesinos seldom saw a Car, not to mention a Taxi, with people who must be very rich.
    Nonetheless, they're Hospitality made us very humble and also very grateful. On a hot Day, nothing is more delicous than a Lemonquench!
    A Mate-tea and a friendly chat.

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    If you are a...

    by eduar68 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you are a history/art/religion bluff, try to make a tour visiting the churches or ruins from the jesuits and other religious orders. Paraguay was probably the place of the first modern utopia. The 'reducciones guraniticas' were places where the missionaries teached indians crafts, music and other jobs. The missions were so powerful economically that challenged the power of either portuguese or spanish empires. They were finally expelled from these countries and their possesions. Many of the missions were destroyed to various degrees but still there are churches in the country that show the influence of the missions in the country.
    One of these is in the town of Yaguaron (about 45-60 min drive off Asuncion). Inside a very basic building, there are many wonderful carvings from the 17-18th century, most of them done by indians. Even the doors are works of art. The pulpit and the confesionaries have also golden motives. I believe is a nice way to enjoy an afternoon in Paraguay.

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    The 'cattle drives' made...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The 'cattle drives' made popular by American films have long been a tradition in this area going back long before the film industry. The 'vaquero' is a truly special breed of person. There are many names applied to these men, cowboys, wranglers, herders, gauchos, cowpoke, buckaroos, and paniolos, they are all vaqueros with the same proud traditions.

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