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Aregua & Itaugua, Paraguay - We Say Ceramics They Say Ceramica

Paraguay travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2016   » View Photoset (67 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

The Center for Ceramics

Aregua, 30kms from Asuncion, is the home of ceramics or ceramica as the locals say, in this part of Paraguay. It's an unbelievable sight to see a whole street on both sides
Paraguay Photo - Storks, ducks, frogs, rabbits, ceramics and more ceramics in Aregua near Asuncion.
Storks, ducks, frogs, rabbits, ceramics and more ceramics in Aregua near Asuncion.
lined piece by piece with colorful ceramic art! These thousands of items are made for home and garden, wall and floor. Animals, Disney characters, religous figures, traditional figures, wall plaques, pot plant holders, statue sized figures and small souvenirs. A kaleidoscope of colors!

Around Town

From the main street of ceramics up the cobblestone street sits the church on the hill surrounded by green lawns. At the foot of the lawns is an art gallery called 'El Cantaro' which has contemporary, indigenous and popular art on display and also some cool wooden characters outside playing musical instruments. On the other side of the main street across farmland is the blue Ypacarai Lake. Aregua is also known for colonial architecture with houses from this period scattered around town.

The Strawberry Festival

The 'City of Strawberries' is another name given to Aregua because it produces the best strawberries in the country and in very large quantities. Here are a couple of pages I found about the annual Strawberry Festival at
Paraguay Photo - Large dogs and owls, a few pigs, ceramics in Aregua.
Large dogs and owls, a few pigs, ceramics in Aregua.
Lo and Be Told and Paraguayan Ponderings. Time to whip the cream!

Bus to Itaugua

After visiting Aregua I hopped on a bus to nearby Itaugua which is known for its colorful weaving. Unfortunately I could not find anything of this around town and everybody I asked seemed to know nothing about it. How strange! I believe the places where the women make this special weaving are located slightly up the road out of town. Anyway, I had lunch in Itaugua and took a photo of the church and the 2 colonial buildings they have.

Bus to Asuncion

From Itaugua I headed by local bus back to Asuncion which took about 30-40mins. The traffic is heavy and slow coming in and out of Asuncion, the buses stop every few hundred meters to drop off or pick somebody up!

     

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Map location: Aregua & Itaugua, Paraguay. Aregua, 30kms from Asuncion, is the home of ceramics in this part of Paraguay. It's an unbelievable sight to see a whole street on both sides lined piece by piece with colorful ceramic art!
 A : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 18 kms 18 kms straight distance | 38mins 38mins by car (27 kms) | 45mins 45mins by bus (27 kms) (27 kms)
 B : Asuncion - Paraguay 23 kms 23 kms straight distance | 1hr 6mins 1hr 6mins by car (33 kms) | 1hr 19mins 1hr 19mins by bus (33 kms) (33 kms)
 C : Paraguari - Paraguay 67 kms 67 kms straight distance | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by car (97 kms) | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by bus (97 kms) (97 kms)
 D : Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay 89 kms 89 kms straight distance | 2hrs 2mins 2hrs 2mins by car (113 kms) | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by bus (113 kms) (113 kms)
 E : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 105 kms 105 kms straight distance | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by car (134 kms) | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by bus (134 kms) (134 kms)
 F : Villarrica - Paraguay 106 kms 106 kms straight distance | 2hrs 29mins 2hrs 29mins by car (137 kms) | 2hrs 58mins 2hrs 58mins by bus (137 kms) (137 kms)
 G : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by car (161 kms) | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by bus (161 kms) (161 kms)
 H : Encarnacion to Paraguari - Paraguay 154 kms 154 kms straight distance | 3hrs 6mins 3hrs 6mins by car (192 kms) | 3hrs 43mins 3hrs 43mins by bus (192 kms) (192 kms)
 I : Gran Chaco - Paraguay 243 kms 243 kms straight distance | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by car (271 kms) | 4hrs 21mins 4hrs 21mins by bus (271 kms) (271 kms)
 J : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 264 kms 264 kms straight distance | 4hrs 22mins 4hrs 22mins by car (291 kms) | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by bus (291 kms) (291 kms)
 K : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by car (311 kms) | 5hrs 38mins 5hrs 38mins by bus (311 kms) (311 kms)
 L : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 286 kms 286 kms straight distance | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by car (330 kms) | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by bus (330 kms) (330 kms)
 M : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 261 kms 261 kms straight distance | 5hrs 15mins 5hrs 15mins by car (352 kms) | 6hrs 18mins 6hrs 18mins by bus (352 kms) (352 kms)
 N : Posadas - Argentina 273 kms 273 kms straight distance | 5hrs 39mins 5hrs 39mins by car (408 kms) | 6hrs 46mins 6hrs 46mins by bus (408 kms) (408 kms)
 O : Concepcion - Paraguay 209 kms 209 kms straight distance | 5hrs 28mins 5hrs 28mins by car (419 kms) | 6hrs 33mins 6hrs 33mins by bus (419 kms) (419 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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