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Encarnacion to Paraguari, Paraguay - 5 Hours To Travel 297kms By Bus

Paraguay travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2012   » View Photoset (59 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Traveling through the Paraguayan countryside and passing through the small towns is one of the highlights of Paraguay for me. The 5hr bus
Paraguay Photo - River view from the bridge in Encarnacion.
River view from the bridge in Encarnacion.
ride (297kms) between Encarnacion and Paraguari on Route 1 is no exception. One of my favourite things to do on buses is to take as many photos as possible of everything that catches my eye. I have put together this photoset of the journey from Encarnacion to Paraguari.

Coronel Bogado

The first place we passed through was Coronel Bogado, 124kms from San Juan Bautista which we would pass through later that day. Coming into Coronel Bogado there is a plaza with many flags flying.

Swamps and Wildlife

Between Coronel Bogado and the next small town called General Delgado there are some interesting things to see including green fields and trees and a swamp area on the right side with Jabiru Storks and on this occasion, an alligator (I have the photo). After the swamp there are wide open green plains grazing horses and cattle, some farms, a cemetery and dirt side roads.

Rural Santa Rosa

After General
Paraguay Photo - A horseman rides in the distance near swampland between Coronel Bogado and General Delgado.
A horseman rides in the distance near swampland between Coronel Bogado and General Delgado.
Delgado we passed some thick treed areas and beautiful rural properties. The landscape is dotted with palm trees, wooden fences and gates, tiled roofed houses, water towers and farm sheds, the road is straight and long. We now arrived in Santa Rosa. Distances to other cities from here are: San Ignacio 16kms, San Juan Bautista 36kms, Carapegua 158kms, Paraguari 179kms and Asuncion 142kms. Santa Rosa is a place with cobblestone roads and some colorful historic 1 level buildings. There is a Jesuit Museum in town and you can change money - pesos, dollars and euros. Santa Rosa has much Jesuit influence.

San Ignacio

The next town San Ignacio took just 15mins to get to, the scenery on the way was beautiful, there were fruit stalls selling juicy oranges on the roadside. San Ignacio Guasu is a town rich in Jesuit art, there is a museum also, both
Paraguay Photo - A nice country house with an anthill out front between Santa Rosa and San Ignacio.
A nice country house with an anthill out front between Santa Rosa and San Ignacio.
are 400m from the main road, the town has a plaza and church too.

Cattle Country

Route 1 turns from the west to the north now as we headed up to San Juan Bautista, this is cattle country. The town has a large pink church 'Despacho Parroquial Castrense San Jorge', we passed through quickly. Distances to towns further north from here: Villa Florida 36kms, Caapucu 55kms and Quiindy 87kms.

Villa Florida

We passed through San Miguel and back into the open countryside continuing up to Villa Florida beside the Tebicuary River. Villa Florida is a touristy place for the Paraguayan people, there are smooth white beaches on both sides of the river - Playa Paraiso and Playa Municipal Caapucu. Ranch tours and camping are possible.
Paraguay Photo - House in a nice open field between Caapucu and Quiindy.
House in a nice open field between Caapucu and Quiindy.
The beach and river looked beautiful and clean as we passed through on this sunny day, but nobody was there because it was winter (June).

Caapucu

Northward the terrain really opens up with hazy mountains in the distance. We arrived in Caapucu - signaled by cobblestone and dirt roads and Plaza Municipal Hipolito Mongelos on the right. Caapucu has a Plaza of Heroes with a church beside it and a Facebook page.

Quiindy

Heading north on Highway Mariscal Francisco Solano Lopez (Route 1) up to Quiindy we passed a yellow church with single belltower and pretty flower gardens. Those distant mountains were now much closer and clearer, between them and I were sweeping plains dotted with palms, cactus and
Paraguay Photo - Farmland and wetland between Villa Florida and Caapucu.
Farmland and wetland between Villa Florida and Caapucu.
long dry grass. Quiindy, another cobblestone town, a little shabby perhaps, a place to buy a soccer ball at one of the stands on the roadside.

Don't Blink

Next we passed through a small town with a big name 'San Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz', don't blink or you will miss it. It's named after a priest who founded several cities including Posadas in Argentina and Encarnacion, he lived from 1576-1628.

Carapegua

The last part of the journey took us through Carapegua, a place with a few motorbike shops and an old white historic church - Oratorio San Blas. It is known for its thread, the town to buy your hammocks and ponchos.

Arrived in Paraguari

It wasn't much longer until the bus arrived in Paraguari. For some reason the bus driver thought it was a good idea to drop me off on the highway, 500m from the center of town, so I had to walk. The bus then continued through the center of town on its way to Asuncion. That was quite strange and an indication that Paraguay is still not used to travellers and their needs in some parts of the country perhaps.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Encarnacion to Paraguari (Paraguay) to:


Map location: Encarnacion to Paraguari, Paraguay. Traveling through the Paraguayan countryside and passing through the small towns is one of the highlights of Paraguay for me. The 5hr bus ride between Encarnacion and Paraguari on Route 1 is no exception!
 A : Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay 72 kms 72 kms straight distance | 1hr 53mins 1hr 53mins by car (113 kms) | 2hrs 15mins 2hrs 15mins by bus (113 kms) (113 kms)
 B : Paraguari - Paraguay 93 kms 93 kms straight distance | 1hr 57mins 1hr 57mins by car (138 kms) | 2hrs 20mins 2hrs 20mins by bus (138 kms) (138 kms)
 C : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 131 kms 131 kms straight distance | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by car (165 kms) | 2hrs 55mins 2hrs 55mins by bus (165 kms) (165 kms)
 D : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 144 kms 144 kms straight distance | 2hrs 44mins 2hrs 44mins by car (180 kms) | 3hrs 16mins 3hrs 16mins by bus (180 kms) (180 kms)
 E : Aregua & Itaugua - Paraguay 154 kms 154 kms straight distance | 3hrs 3mins 3hrs 3mins by car (192 kms) | 3hrs 39mins 3hrs 39mins by bus (192 kms) (192 kms)
 F : Asuncion - Paraguay 160 kms 160 kms straight distance | 3hrs 34mins 3hrs 34mins by car (207 kms) | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by bus (207 kms) (207 kms)
 G : Villarrica - Paraguay 117 kms 117 kms straight distance | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by car (215 kms) | 3hrs 40mins 3hrs 40mins by bus (215 kms) (215 kms)
 H : Posadas - Argentina 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by car (221 kms) | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by bus (221 kms) (221 kms)
 I : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 136 kms 136 kms straight distance | 3hrs 12mins 3hrs 12mins by car (237 kms) | 3hrs 50mins 3hrs 50mins by bus (237 kms) (237 kms)
 J : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (272 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (272 kms) (272 kms)
 K : Resistencia - Argentina 208 kms 208 kms straight distance | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by car (281 kms) | 5hrs 54mins 5hrs 54mins by bus (281 kms) (281 kms)
 L : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 268 kms 268 kms straight distance | 5hrs 40mins 5hrs 40mins by car (402 kms) | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by bus (402 kms) (402 kms)
 M : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 6hrs 6hrs by car (422 kms) | 7hrs 12mins 7hrs 12mins by bus (422 kms) (422 kms)
 N : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 280 kms 280 kms straight distance | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by car (445 kms) | 7hrs 38mins 7hrs 38mins by bus (445 kms) (445 kms)
 O : Concepcion - Paraguay 362 kms 362 kms straight distance | 8hrs 26mins 8hrs 26mins by car (631 kms) | 10hrs 7mins 10hrs 7mins by bus (631 kms) (631 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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