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Villarrica, Paraguay - Unique Stone Church Iglesia Ybaroty The Highlight

Paraguay travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2016   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Villarrica is one of the many small towns in the interior of beautiful Paraguay. It was originally founded because gold was believed to
Paraguay Photo - The gold and white palace in Villarrica, government, Municipalidad de Villarrica.
The gold and white palace in Villarrica, government, Municipalidad de Villarrica.
exist in the area but when none was found the city was moved. In fact Villarrica was moved 7 times between its foundation in 1570 and where it is now (1682). I came to Villarrica from Caacupe connecting (changing buses) in Coronel Oviedo 40mins north of Villarrica, it takes 1hr to get from Caacupe to Coronel Oviedo. Paraguay is a country where once you get out of the big cities like Asuncion, Ciudad del Este, Encarnacion etc. you are left with a bunch of small towns and places which mostly have just a few things to see. Add a few of these small towns and places together and you see a lot, that's my theory!

Arriving by Bus (or Horse 'n' Cart)

The bus terminal in Villarrica is right in the center of town, just a couple of blocks or so from the main plaza. Outside the bus terminal you will find horse and cart taxis ready to roll, but I wasn't going to fall for the old horse and cart taxi trick - I walked instead, I like walking! I found a hotel closeby and headed out to have a look around the
Paraguay Photo - Woman walks along a nice street with a pot-plant in Villarrica.
Woman walks along a nice street with a pot-plant in Villarrica.
town.

City Tour

Plaza Libertad is the main square and has the Freedom Statue (a woman holding a torch) in the center (Estatua de la Libertad). On one side of the plaza is the cathedral and there are a few historic buildings on the other side including government buildings and the social club (Club El Porvenir Guaireño). Nearby is another important plaza in Villarrica - Plaza de los Heroes. This is where the main government palace is - Municipalidad de Villarrica, it's very prestigious indeed.

The Stone Church Iglesia Ybaroty is the Highlight

However, probably the most important and special attraction in Villarrica is the spectacular large stone church - Iglesia Ybaroty (1944), inspired by the architecture of medieval Europe, combining both Romanesque and Gothic styles. The church took around 5yrs to build and really is a true work of art, things like this are
Paraguay Photo - Eugenio A. Garay (1875-1937), bust in Villarrica, military and journalist.
Eugenio A. Garay (1875-1937), bust in Villarrica, military and journalist.
not made twice, know what I mean? It reminded me very much of the stone church in San Rafael - Venezuela, but on a much larger scale!

Other Sights include Manuel Ortiz Guerrero Park

Now the rain came down so unfortunately I didn't get to see Manuel Ortiz Guerrero Park (Ycua Pyta) - there is a lagoon there and Capybara (the worlds largest rodent) roam around freely, it's a popular place with the locals. Villarrica also has a museum housing all kinds of items from the Chaco War as well as many antique collections and historic artifacts.

Bus to Ciudad del Este

I enjoyed my short stay in Villarrica and look forward to exploring this part of the country again in the future. From Villarrica I headed north 40mins back to Coronel Oviedo and again loved seeing the countryside like I had on the way down. From Oviedo (as the locals call it) I headed east to Ciudad del Este by bus (3hrs).

     

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


Map location: Villarrica, Paraguay. Villarrica is an important cultural center in the interior of Paraguay. There is a spectacular large stone church - Iglesia Ybaroty (1944), inspired by the architecture of medieval Europe!
 A : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 18 kms 18 kms straight distance | 43mins 43mins by car (31 kms) | 51mins 51mins by bus (31 kms) (31 kms)
 B : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 57 kms 57 kms straight distance | 1hr 27mins 1hr 27mins by car (79 kms) | 1hr 44mins 1hr 44mins by bus (79 kms) (79 kms)
 C : Paraguari - Paraguay 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 31mins 1hr 31mins by car (87 kms) | 1hr 49mins 1hr 49mins by bus (87 kms) (87 kms)
 D : Ybycui & Ybycui National Park - Paraguay 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 34mins 1hr 34mins by car (92 kms) | 1hr 52mins 1hr 52mins by bus (92 kms) (92 kms)
 E : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 88 kms 88 kms straight distance | 2hrs 9mins 2hrs 9mins by car (122 kms) | 2hrs 34mins 2hrs 34mins by bus (122 kms) (122 kms)
 F : Aregua & Itaugua - 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 : Asuncion - Paraguay 127 kms 127 kms straight distance | 3hrs 3hrs by car (152 kms) | 3hrs 36mins 3hrs 36mins by bus (152 kms) (152 kms)
 H : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 3hrs 13mins 3hrs 13mins by car (209 kms) | 3hrs 51mins 3hrs 51mins by bus (209 kms) (209 kms)
 I : Encarnacion to Paraguari - Paraguay 117 kms 117 kms straight distance | 3hrs 8mins 3hrs 8mins by car (215 kms) | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by bus (215 kms) (215 kms)
 J : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 192 kms 192 kms straight distance | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by car (229 kms) | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by bus (229 kms) (229 kms)
 K : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 192 kms 192 kms straight distance | 4hrs 17mins 4hrs 17mins by car (249 kms) | 5hrs 8mins 5hrs 8mins by bus (249 kms) (249 kms)
 L : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 174 kms 174 kms straight distance | 5hrs 17mins 5hrs 17mins by car (375 kms) | 6hrs 20mins 6hrs 20mins by bus (375 kms) (375 kms)
 M : Posadas - Argentina 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by car (430 kms) | 6hrs 50mins 6hrs 50mins by bus (430 kms) (430 kms)
 N : Concepcion - Paraguay 279 kms 279 kms straight distance | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by car (451 kms) | 7hrs 19mins 7hrs 19mins by bus (451 kms) (451 kms)
 O : Resistencia - Argentina 314 kms 314 kms straight distance | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by car (529 kms) | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by bus (529 kms) (529 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 Villarrica, Paraguay:

Hotel Guaira, Villarrica, Paraguay - Large Photo
Hotel Guaira, Villarrica, Paraguay (April 2016 - 1 night) - Good value at $16USD per night. Not flash but not bad either. Comfortable room with aircon, tv and wifi plus a private bathroom. Located near the main plaza and shops. A good place to stay in Villarrica.

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