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Published: April 16th 2010
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
Ciudad del Este
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.
Tot: 0.756s; Tpl: 0.043s; cc: 10; qc: 29; dbt: 0.0131s; 1; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 1;
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