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February 18th 2005
Published: April 16th 2010
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1: Riding the Bus in the North 14 secs
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With Argentina and Brazil

Paraguay - 8 Days (9th - 17th Feb)




From Iguazu Falls I travelled through Paraguay to Bolivia, taking 8 days to absorb what I could from this little visited, dirty, poor country.


I spent 2 days in Encarnacion, so that I could visit the Jesus and Trinidad Jesuit Ruins, preserved religious missions founded by the Jesuit missioners during the colonization of South America in the 17th century.


Then I went to the capital, Asuncion to explore all the colonial architecture (the Palacio López was the most attractive thing) but it was your bog standard, nothing special city, so I enjoyed some corn flakes and waited for an American friend coming from Brazil


On the way towards Bolivia we stopped at Filadelfia in the Chaco region, right in the heart of the Mennonite settlements.
Mennonite settlers came to Paraguay from Germany, Canada, Russia and other countries to find some religious freedom in the 1920's and 30s. There was evidence of their influence everywhere and they were friendly and charming, although strangely all dressed the same.
After 2 days in Filadelfia we took a number of incredibly full and uncomfortable buses towards Bolivia, the main
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Crossing the Bridge from Brazil
bus to Santa Cruz didn’t arrive until 3 in the morning.


The road in the North was awful, no asphalt on the roads and therefore a pretty bumpy ride.


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TrinidadTrinidad
Trinidad

The ruins of a Jesuit Mission
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Trinidad

Great details
EncarnacionEncarnacion
Encarnacion

Loads of Street Sellers
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Encarnacion

Loads of Street Sellers
EncarnacionEncarnacion
Encarnacion

Loads of Street Sellers
AsuncionAsuncion
Asuncion

A traditional dance
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Asuncion

The Palacio López
Corn Flakes TimeCorn Flakes Time
Corn Flakes Time

In Asuncion
FiladelfiaFiladelfia
Filadelfia

A dusty town in the middle of the Chaco
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Filadelfia

German for the mennonites
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Waiting for the Bus

It was quite late


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