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Paraguari, Paraguay - Eco-Reserve Mbatovi Is 10kms Away For Activities

Paraguay travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2012   » View Photoset (31 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Paraguari is not really one of those places on the tourist trail to visit, more a convenient town to stop for a night at the junction of the
Paraguay Photo - Cheeses for sale at the Paraguari markets.
Cheeses for sale at the Paraguari markets.
main highway where Route 1 takes a turn north-west towards Asuncion. I had travelled 5hrs by bus from Encarnacion to get here. I stayed the night and had a look around. 3yrs earlier in 2009 I had come to Paraguari to get a bus to Ybycui National Park.

Sights in Town

The church was the first thing I went in search of. The temple is 300m from the main road and was built in 1862, the grounds are quite attractive and there is a statue of Jesus outside. On the church grounds are a few plazas and parks, Plaza 'Heroes del Chaco' which pays homage to those who died in the Chaco War (1932-1935). There is Plaza 'India Juliana' beside and Plaza 'Mariscal Lopez' which has a monument to Francisco Solano Lopez (1827-1870), an ex-President. Across the road I found a wall mural depicting the traditions and customs of Paraguari - the Santo Tomas festival, bullfighting, the church and watermelons. In the center of town is the main square 'Plaza La Guardia' with lots of shady trees, walking paths and a statue.
Paraguay Photo - Sitting with locals in Paraguari for breakfast at the market.
Sitting with locals in Paraguari for breakfast at the market.
Central Paraguari has a few cobblestone streets and historic buildings but is quite shabby really. The locals were cooking up bbq meat, boiling tea and selling bread on the roadside around the market - Mercado Municipal at 8am. There's a mural depicting the Battle of Paraguari which was fought on the 19 January 1811. This was against Manuel Belgrano's army from Argentina and pays homage to soldier Manuel Cabanas (1768-1828). This mural like the other I saw were commissioned and put in place in 2011 to celebrate the bicentennial of Paraguay.

The Municipal Market

I headed inside the market to look around, the locals were friendly. I chatted to a few people, they didn't mind me taking photos, everyone was enjoying a hot morning meal with bread, tea and coffee.
Paraguay Photo - Side view of the church in Paraguari.
Side view of the church in Paraguari.
For sale at the stalls were vegetables, fruit, herbs, grains, corn, health remedies, meat and cheeses. In another area of the market were clothes, jackets, bags and shoes stalls. I sat with some locals at a table for some soup and bread for breakfast.

Wooden Furniture

Back outside on the street beside the plaza some men were unloading a truckload of wooden furniture - display cabinets, baby cots and wardrobes, there's no shortage of trees and wood in Paraguay that's for sure!

Eco-Reserve Mbatovi

10kms from Paraguari is Eco-Reserve Mbatovi, here you can do jungle canopy, flying fox, abseiling, hike in the bush, see flora, fauna, waterfalls and have all kinds of adventure. I will make sure I go there next time I am in the country.

Bus to Asuncion

It was time for me to now get a bus to Asuncion, 64kms away. It took 2hrs, the last hour was spent getting through the busy Asuncion streets to the terminal. Distances to other towns in this region of the country from Paraguari are as follows: Yaguaron 15kms, Ita 30kms, Piribebuy 30kms, Villarrica 82kms, Escobar 10kms and Sapucai 20kms.

     

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


Map location: Paraguari, Paraguay. Paraguari is not really one of those places on the tourist trail to visit, more a convenient town to stop for a night at the junction of the main highway where Route 1 takes a turn north-west towards Asuncion.
 A : Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay 22 kms 22 kms straight distance | 30mins 30mins by car (27 kms) | 36mins 36mins by bus (27 kms) (27 kms)
 B : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 53 kms 53 kms straight distance | 1hr 30mins 1hr 30mins by car (85 kms) | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by bus (85 kms) (85 kms)
 C : Villarrica - Paraguay 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 32mins 1hr 32mins by car (87 kms) | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by bus (87 kms) (87 kms)
 D : Aregua & Itaugua - Paraguay 67 kms 67 kms straight distance | 1hr 49mins 1hr 49mins by car (97 kms) | 2hrs 10mins 2hrs 10mins by bus (97 kms) (97 kms)
 E : Asuncion - Paraguay 82 kms 82 kms straight distance | 2hrs 20mins 2hrs 20mins by car (112 kms) | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by bus (112 kms) (112 kms)
 F : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 68 kms 68 kms straight distance | 1hr 47mins 1hr 47mins by car (122 kms) | 2hrs 8mins 2hrs 8mins by bus (122 kms) (122 kms)
 G : Encarnacion to Paraguari - Paraguay 93 kms 93 kms straight distance | 1hr 58mins 1hr 58mins by car (138 kms) | 2hrs 21mins 2hrs 21mins by bus (138 kms) (138 kms)
 H : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 112 kms 112 kms straight distance | 2hrs 41mins 2hrs 41mins by car (177 kms) | 3hrs 13mins 3hrs 13mins by bus (177 kms) (177 kms)
 I : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 4hrs 7mins 4hrs 7mins by car (298 kms) | 4hrs 56mins 4hrs 56mins by bus (298 kms) (298 kms)
 J : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 232 kms 232 kms straight distance | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by car (300 kms) | 5hrs 7mins 5hrs 7mins by bus (300 kms) (300 kms)
 K : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 250 kms 250 kms straight distance | 4hrs 36mins 4hrs 36mins by car (320 kms) | 5hrs 31mins 5hrs 31mins by bus (320 kms) (320 kms)
 L : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 251 kms 251 kms straight distance | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by car (339 kms) | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by bus (339 kms) (339 kms)
 M : Posadas - Argentina 205 kms 205 kms straight distance | 4hrs 32mins 4hrs 32mins by car (354 kms) | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by bus (354 kms) (354 kms)
 N : Resistencia - Argentina 266 kms 266 kms straight distance | 6hrs 46mins 6hrs 46mins by car (452 kms) | 8hrs 7mins 8hrs 7mins by bus (452 kms) (452 kms)
 O : Concepcion - Paraguay 270 kms 270 kms straight distance | 7hrs 12mins 7hrs 12mins by car (536 kms) | 8hrs 38mins 8hrs 38mins by bus (536 kms) (536 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.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Paraguari, Paraguay:

Hospedaje El Triangulo, Paraguari, Paraguay - Large Photo
Hospedaje El Triangulo, Paraguari, Paraguay (June 2012 - 1 night) - Basically a rent by the hour hotel with rooms full of mirrors, music, aircon and other services. Fine to stay for a night.

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