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    Landscape

    by pepples46 Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    through the open countryside. steaming hot and humid, it rains often. in the west, along the third largest River in the the world, the Rio Paraguai, infrastructure is as sparse as the population. the Gran Chaco dense and still the second biggest Rainforest in the world.
    the vast and inhospitable Chaco is the most unexplored area in South America, maybe in the world, stretching to the southeastern borders of Bolivia, I mentioned the fierce Chaco War, Brasil and Argentina. the Chaco held its enigma, no Oil has been found, no Gold, the Spaniard realized that when they trudged across the great plains, they couldn't find Eldorado, it wasn't there. the Chaco has never given away its secrets. still, I think its an awesome place one has to expirience when in South America.
    somewhat, Paraguay is an enigma as well, not much known about and not realy famous for anything. and I think thats the Beauty of it., made me realy curious, and I was not disapointed to travel around the country.
    when you are a Golfer you might know its famous son: Carlos Franco

    along the way through the lower Chaco
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    Caacupe

    by eduar68 Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Caacupe, the spiritual capital of Paraguay is about 30 miles west of Asuncion. The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Caacupe was visited in 19 by pope John Paul II. This visit had a profound impact in the lives of many Paraguayans which are deeply catholic. The overthrow of the dictatorship of Gen. Stroessner who ruled Paraguay for more than 35 years is liked to the impact of this visit. The leyend said in the 1600's a guarani indian who was being persecuted by rivals in order to kill him seek refuge behind a tree and prayed to the Virgin Mary to help him and promise to carve a statue in her honor. The indian was saved and he fulfilled his promise carving two images, a large one for the church in nearby TObati and a smaller one for himself. This small image is the one venerated in Caacupe. There are many places to eat nearby but I personally do not like them. Vendors around the plaza sell candels and other religious stuff.
    A visit of the basilica is a great short trip out of Asuncion

    Basilica de Nuestra Se��ora de Caacupe

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    New "Palacio Legislativo"

    by eduar68 Written Apr 18, 2005

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    The new building for the legislative branch of paraguayan power was completed in 2001. The cost of $20 million was one of the big controversies in a country troubled so much by povrety and corruption. Even worse, the builing is just a few hundred feet from "La chacarita" one of Asuncion slums. The design is modern, mixing it with older preexisting structures.

    Palacio Legislativo

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    MMMMMMMMMEAT!!!!!

    by eduar68 Written Apr 18, 2005

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    The picture says it all. You cannot visit Paraguay without enjoying an "asado". There is a very important social component on it. I mean, any family gathering of any importance includes one. The paraguayan "parrilla" have both brazillian and argentinian influences. Important cuts include "Tapa de Cuadril" (my personal favorite), "Costilla", "Vacio", "Picaña" and many others. Don't forget your "chorizos" and "morcillas" (sausages). Sorry if your cholesterol is above 200, but it's worth it.

    PS Every year, around July, there a national fair in Asuncion where all kinds of produce, crafts and meats are exhibited. This is the shocase for local exporters and the best of the best is brought including angus meats. Try to be there if you can!!

    Asado in Paraguay

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    Cathedral

    by eduar68 Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Cathedrals built in big economic or strategic value spanish colonies such as Mexico and Peru are typically more complex and, in general, have been better preserved than others. The Metropilitan Cathedral of Asuncion is such an example. The current church was built over a preexisting 17th c. temple in 1842 and completed in 1860. Recently, polychromies from the early 19th c. have been discovered under coats and coats of paint. It does not compare to the much more complex and rich cathedrals of Lima or Mexico but in contrast, have a more intimate atmosphere.

    Cathedral

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    Jesuit Ruins

    by chris_i79 Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    The ruins are over 200 years old and are magnificent. They are located outside of the city of Encarnacion. There are actually 2 different sites. Trinidad and Jesus, with Trinidad being the larger of the two.
    There are more photos of the ruins in the Paraguay travel logs

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    Big Power

    by eduar68 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    Located 14km north of Ciudad del Este, at the Brazilian-Paraguayan border and not far from Argentina and Iguassu Falls, the hydro-power complex of Itaipu is an engineering marvel. The volume of iron and steel utilized in the Dam structure would be enough to build 380 Eiffel Towers, and the volume of concrete used in Itaipú represents 15 times the volume utilized to build the Channel Tunnel between France and England. Itaipú alone responded for 25% of the energy supply in Brazil and 78% in Paraguay with zero emissions. A single building capable of providing electric power to most of the state of California. Construction was also an Herculean task. To buid the dam, it was necesary to shift the course of the Parana River (the seventh biggest river in the world by the way).
    Guided tours including movies about the construction are available at either the Brazilian or the Paraguayan side in spanish, portuguse and english and as far as I remember it was free of any cost

    Itaipu Dam
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    Encore un bout de route.... jusqu a la prochaine

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    19h, on est reparti....

    Toute la nuit ce sera des arrets et des grandes glissades, mais plus besoin de dessendre sauf une ou 2 fois.

    Ce sera aussi une atmosphere poussiereuse, une chaleur a crever et surtout.... des secousses qui font degringoler touts les bagages, et nous empechent de fermet l oeil.
    Il nous aurait falu un casque et des harnais de securite cette nuit la.

    Nous arriverons a Santa Cruz le lendemain a 13h, soit apres 41h de voyage tres mouvemante, le pire que j ai fait en 1 an (appart celui d Uyuni-Oruro mais moins long)

    Nous avons donc 15h de retard sur l horaire, on est couvert de boue, harcele par les moustiques; on a faim car rien avale depuis 24h, et une soife inextiguible.

    Ca restera pourtant un super souvenir, digne d un raid a la CAMEL TROFEE!

    ps: le billet de bus coutait 42dollars us...

    C est beau quand le soleil se couche

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    REPRISE DE LA ROUTE, Acte 3

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    On file de nouveau, dans la poussiere.
    C est irrespirable, et la poussiere rentre de partout. Il fait tellement chaud, c est un vrai foure dans le bus, on ouvre quand meme les fenetre tampis; de toute facon on est deja noir de boue alors.

    WELCOME TO CHACO LAND!

    POUSSIERE... le Chaco

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    BONNE EQUIPE

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    Ca y est le bus est sortie de la premiere galere, de nouveau sur la terre ferme pret a faire route vers la Bolivie.

    Il reste 250km pour la douane, mais 500km en tout avec la premiere route asphalte.

    Il est 18h... on est pas encore rendu...

    Le voyage devait durer 26h, c est sur on sera un peu en retard (deja 10h....) et on est juste a la moitie du trajet....

    Ca ressemble a un CAMEL TROFEE, mais version bus ..... On s est vraiment bien mare en tout cas et on est couvert de boue...
    En parlant de ca,
    desole MICHAEL, mais les Rangeurs ont rendu l ame. Apres 1 an d utilisation intensive, elle on ete literalement dechiree lors de cette histoire sur l autoroute de l ouest Paraguayenne: on peut quand meme dire quelle ont bien vecu. SNIFFFF
    J avait un coffrage de boue a l exterrieur et a l interrieur des groles.... dure dure, de les garder au pied comme ca durant toute la fin de la route jusqu en bolivie, les pied trampes et figes.

    L EQUIPE

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    20m de plus c est suffisant!

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    1h plus tard, apresnotre petite pose repas les mains pleines de boue, nous sommes agreablement surpris de voir nos effort en partie recompenses: le reste de boue visquese a en partie sechee sur 20m...

    le bus parvient a se sortir du trou et profite des 20m pour avancer, au bout il retombe dans une nouvelle horniere.... mais cette fois, la distance est courte et permet de tracter avec un camion!

    Premier essait rate, les 2 cables mias bout a bout on cedes.... second essait concluant!

    Il est 17h, on se sort de la premiere vraie galeree!

    Cables on the route!

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    Et maintenant on tire !

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    Apres bien des pelletes, on c est dit bon on va essayer de tirer, mais rien a faire.

    Il est 15h on a pas manger depuis hier soir et presque pas d eau pour nous hydrater... on garde le sourir mais on sue comme des boeux.

    Il reste un plateau repas pour chacun d entre nous, on va manger un bout et esperer que le reste de boue va un peu secher....

    On en peu plus, il fait une chaleur infernale.

    Traction.... ho hisse ho hisse

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    Un coup de main s impose

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    Devant le basarre, on dessend du bus>>> nous les touristes, car les autres veulent pas se salir mais ralent car on est bloque...

    On aide comme on peut, essayant d enlever le monticule de boue coinse sous le bus.
    Le parchoque a explose, les roues sont sous la boue, et toute l eau ruisselle vers le point bas, la ou on est.... c est belle galere.

    Il est midi, on aatteind les 45; 50degres, pas un poil d ombre.... CHAUD.

    A cela il faut rajouter que biensur on a quasiment pas d eau pour tout le monde.

    (Grand momment de solitude XAV !)

    SPLICHHH SPLOCHHHH

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    Premier coup de pelle.... Acte 2

    by Aurelien5480 Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    11h du mat, le chauffeur tente une traversee...
    Une vingtaine de metres plus loin, c est l enlisement.
    On s est enfonce d un bon metre 50 dans une soupe visqueuse et chaude... la boue c est genial!

    Premier coup de pelle, sous le soleil qui cogne, on atteind deja les 40 degres...
    Pas moyen de se faire tracter par un camion ni derriere ni devant, on est trop loin, on doit se sortir de la tout seul....
    Bus plein, 50 places et les bagages, c est lourd.

    Premier coup de pelle

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    AUTOPISTA PARAGUAYA: route internationale ouest

    by Aurelien5480 Written Dec 30, 2004

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    C est pas des betises: c est bien une autoroute classee internationnale >>> c est enfait l unique route ouest Paraguayenne.
    un peu plus de 1000km de terre, de poussiere, et de secousses.

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    AUTOPISTA INTERNATIONAL PARAGUAYA

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    Ruta 1 Kilometre 361, Barrio Quiteria , Encarnacion, 6000, Paraguay

    Good for: Families

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