Paraguay is a country of immense charm and character with friendly, engaging people and a fascinating history. Our two week itinerary includes wildlife spotting in the Chaco, a visit to a Mennonite community, Jesuit missions, the little known Monday Falls and the Itaipu Dam which makes Paraguay the world’s greatest exporter of hydro-electricity.
Highlights: Asuncion – Chaco – Filadelfia – Encarnacion – Trinidad – Monday Falls – Itaipu Dam
Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel. The tree-lined streets and colonial squares make the historic centre of Asuncion very appealing, although the traffic is slow. If you have time, a visit to the Conmebol Football museum might be of interest for those with a passion for the sport.
Half day city tour of Asuncion taking in the key buildings and landmarks of the capital including Independence House, the Cathedral, Government Palace and the National Heroes Pantheon. The tour ends at the arts and crafts shops at La Recova.
Itagua and San Bernardino
A full day tour visiting some of the local towns and villages around Asuncion to introduce some the history, handicrafts and culture of Paraguay. The journey includes a visit to the steam train workshops at Sacupai, the lace-making centre of Itaugua and the popular town of San Bernardino on the eastern bank of Lake Ypacarai before returning to Asuncion.
Chaco translates as 'abundance of wildlife' and the Central Chaco, 300 miles northwest of Asuncion, more than lives up to its name. The region includes palm savannahs, lagoons, flooded wetlands and contains 701 recorded bird species, 167 mammals and a hundred different types of reptile.
Bird watching in Campo Maria and at Laguna Salada. This is the habitat of the ñandú (South American ostrich), the tuyuyú (stork) and between May and August migrating flamingos and swans.
There are approximately 20,000 indigenous people in the Chaco and large communities of Mennonites, Anabaptists with German origins who began arriving in the 1920s. The Mennonites produce around 80% of Paraguay’s milk, butter and cheese and, unlike the Amish, embrace the use of technology when it improves productivity. After visiting Filadelfia, return to Asuncion.
San Ignacio Guazu and Encarnacion
The Jesuit Museum at San Ignacio Guazu provides a useful introduction into the life of the founder of the movement, Ignatius Loyola, and their missions in Paraguay until their expulsion in 1767. Encarnacion lies on the Western shore of the Parana River, opposite Posadas in Argentina. The city is reinventing itself following the construction of the Yacyreta Dam in the 1990s which involved flooding over 1500 sq. km and rehousing around 100,000 people.
Morning tour of Encarnacion and afternoon visit to the
ruins of the Mission of La Santísima Trinidad del Parana. The mission was founded in 1706 and completed in 1712, one of 30 set up by the Jesuits in the country before their expulsion in 1767. The Trinidad Mission was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Free day in Encarnacion. If you are here in the run up to Lent the city comes alive at weekends with its popular carnival.
The Monday Falls consists of three main waterfalls, span 120 metres (394 feet) and drop around 40 metres (130 feet).The Monday Falls are just 6 miles from Ciudad del Este.
The Itaipu Dam is the power source that drives Paraguay and provides southern Brazil with clean energy. The dam is 7.9 kilometres wide and 196 metres high (5 miles, 643 ft) and the reservoir created by the dam covers 1350 km2 (521 sq miles). Each country owns ten turbines. Paraguay only uses two turbines to generate over 70% of the power needs of the country.
Return to Asuncion and overnight in your hotel.
Departure transfer to the airport in time to check in for your flight home.
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