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Paraguay, Asunción and San Bernardino

Facts of Paraguay, Asunción and a nice summer resort

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Although it lies amidst South America, Paraguay is known to be the least explored country. Some may say it is the uggliest, with hardly any attractions to offer but the truth is that Paraguay has a lot to offer although it is almost unaccesible: the concept of tourism was never well understood around there and everywhere you try to go seems too complicated to be reached...

The north, the Chaco, has almost been taken by Germans, who came and settled here. There is some tourism in this area, which is supposed to be spectacular, but it is sadly unaffordable and only attracts the richest tourists who are happily taken on a group tour and pay a couple of hundred dollars for a day excursion.

We were very keen to go and scape the foreign owned travel agencies; however, getting there is a bit of a mission too and you should almost expect hitch hike or, in the unlucky scenario, having to camp and overnight there.
Some other parts have surprisely been privatised, which almost stops the chances to make a trip over there.
Navigate in one of their rivers sounds super cool; however, you will be loaded in one of the cargo boats. Sounding a wicked adventure as it must be, we could not make it either since the timetables are very limited and would not match our plan.

Touring around Paraguay must be fantastic and it is bound to happen but it has not come yet and many places remain unspoilt.

We visited Asuncion. I was positively surprised with the city ...chaotic and unorganised, yet Asunción has been able to keep its charm. We went to the Botanic park wich had a Natural History Museum: what we found was unexpected. First, a room crammed with fake animals and no information of why and how, and the second one contained all types of cubicules with fetus...pretty disgusting to be honest!

We had some problems with Henrik's credit card, which would not work anywhere, so in the end we had to wait a couple of days to get some money transferred from Spain.
Meanwhile, we headed to San Bernardino, a summer resort for "asunceños" (people from Asunción). The place was perfectly set up for turism, all streets are cobblestone and very cute cafés and bars, yet it was very quiet when we were there. We went down the lake and chilled out for a while.
From there, back to Asunción to catch the bus to our next destination: Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

By the lake, San Bernardino

By the lake, San Bernardino

The lake from a boat

The lake from a boat

The view

The view

San Bernardino

San Bernardino

San Bernardino

San Bernardino

Posted by hmontonen 08:35 Archived in Paraguay

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