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Ybycui & Ybycui National Park, Paraguay - In Search Of Big Metallic Blue Butterflies

Paraguay travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009   » View Photoset (45 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The bus rolled into the small town of Ybycui shortly after midday and I went to find a place to stay. I found a little hospedaje not far
Paraguay Photo - Ybycui National Park.
Ybycui National Park.
from the bus stop. A hospedaje is basically a place where a family live and they have rooms for people to stay in and you share meals with them if you like. The family were very nice and had 3 children, the kids made the room up for me. They were just sitting down for Sunday roast lunch, they asked if I was hungry and I sat down at my own table and joined the feast. There may have been a beer go down also.

Walking Around Ybycui

I decided to spend the afternoon wandering around the town and visit the national park the next day. I walked around Ybycui, locals would ask why I was there, they don't see many travelers around there. I was rare. Being a Sunday it was very quiet along the main street, just people zipping around on motorbikes up and down the road. It is a pretty laid-back place, which probably sums up Paraguay as well. There's nothing terribly exciting to see in the town but its pleasant, tidy and clean. The people have nice houses and gardens and the roads are cobblestone
Paraguay Photo - Black butterfly at Ybycui National Park.
Black butterfly at Ybycui National Park.
and there are lots of trees. There are some nice colonial buildings like the college and the local church. The main street has a nice area that runs down the middle with seats, trees and people hanging out.

Yummy BBQ Meat

In the evening, a few doors down from the hospedaje, a woman barbarqued the finest meat outside on the footpath, plenty of meat on a stick, chicken pieces and a vegetable called chicha. It is perfect with salsa and a cold beer. The beef is so tasty here, that's another great thing about Paraguay. The next day was the day I had set to see Ybycui National Park.

Getting to Ybycui National Park

I was hoping to see the colorful butterflies that Ybycui is known for and also a waterfall or 2. The park is not close to town and buses there are not frequent. I paid a guy to take me, about $20USD for the 30 minute
Paraguay Photo - An historical building in Ybycui.
An historical building in Ybycui.
journey down a long road past farms to the park entrance. I paid the small fee to enter and I took a photo of the map that is on the wall in the office, they have no maps to hand out.

At the Park

I walked down the grass road and path to some statues. There is an important looking man on top of a concrete pedestal and in front at ground level is a native man holding a cutting tool. Nearby there is an old building made of brick and stone with archways and doorways and ramps, it looks like it was used to pump water from the river. There is a huge wooden wheel inside that would have been used to gather it. Up the spiral staircase there are some nice views of the area, a statue of a man with a
Paraguay Photo - Water and rocks, Ybycui National Park.
Water and rocks, Ybycui National Park.
sword stands in a grass area.

Bush Walk

I found the entrance to the bush walk over a concrete dam structure, the temperature and sun was very hot. I hiked through the bush around the path, beside the river, over rocks and obstacles for about 1500 meters until I reached the waterfall. It is not exactly Iguazu but it's a nice little waterfall coming over a big sheet of rock and into a little rocky and tranquil pond and river area where lots of colorful butterflies and other insects like hornets hover around.

Butterflies and Camping

There are quite a few different colored butterflies, yellow, orange, red and the big metallic blue ones. They aren't always easy to photograph especially the big metallic blue butterflies that
Paraguay Photo - The main street and boulevard in Ybycui.
The main street and boulevard in Ybycui.
pop out from nowhere and quickly fly past you, then disappear. There is a camping area just up from the waterfall where there was a tent pitched and another path that I took to get back. Along the way there were butterflies and a spider with its web and pray. There is another waterfall at Ybycui but I was happy with seeing just the one. Ybycui National Park is cool, there wasn't as many butterflies there as I was expecting but it was good to have a look and have a trek through the bush. This is certainly off the beaten track!

Hitched Back to Town

Transport back to town from the park entrance was not abundant so I began to walk. There wasn't many vehicles around but I stuck my thumb out and eventually I got a ride from a local.

Bus to Asuncion

In the afternoon I got a bus from Ybycui to Asuncion, it took about 3hrs.


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Distances & times (if available) from Ybycui & Ybycui National Park (Paraguay) to:

Map location: Ybycui & Ybycui National Park, Paraguay. In search of big metallic blue butterflies at Ybycui National Park, this place is really off the beaten track!
 A : Paraguari - Paraguay 22 kms 22 kms straight distance | 30mins 30mins by car (27 kms) | 36mins 36mins by bus (27 kms) (27 kms)
 B : Villarrica - Paraguay 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 36mins 1hr 36mins by car (92 kms) | 1hr 55mins 1hr 55mins by bus (92 kms) (92 kms)
 C : San Bernardino & Caacupe - Paraguay 75 kms 75 kms straight distance | 1hr 43mins 1hr 43mins by car (101 kms) | 2hrs 3mins 2hrs 3mins by bus (101 kms) (101 kms)
 D : Encarnacion to Paraguari - Paraguay 72 kms 72 kms straight distance | 1hr 56mins 1hr 56mins by car (112 kms) | 2hrs 19mins 2hrs 19mins by bus (112 kms) (112 kms)
 E : Aregua & Itaugua - 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)
 F : Oviedo to Villarrica - Paraguay 73 kms 73 kms straight distance | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by car (127 kms) | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by bus (127 kms) (127 kms)
 G : Asuncion - Paraguay 102 kms 102 kms straight distance | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by car (128 kms) | 3hrs 2mins 3hrs 2mins by bus (128 kms) (128 kms)
 H : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 116 kms 116 kms straight distance | 2hrs 34mins 2hrs 34mins by car (175 kms) | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by bus (175 kms) (175 kms)
 I : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 4hrs 5mins 4hrs 5mins by car (272 kms) | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by bus (272 kms) (272 kms)
 J : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 230 kms 230 kms straight distance | 4hrs 20mins 4hrs 20mins by car (305 kms) | 5hrs 12mins 5hrs 12mins by bus (305 kms) (305 kms)
 K : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 248 kms 248 kms straight distance | 4hrs 40mins 4hrs 40mins by car (325 kms) | 5hrs 36mins 5hrs 36mins by bus (325 kms) (325 kms)
 L : Posadas - Argentina 184 kms 184 kms straight distance | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by car (328 kms) | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by bus (328 kms) (328 kms)
 M : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 247 kms 247 kms straight distance | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by car (344 kms) | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by bus (344 kms) (344 kms)
 N : Resistencia - Argentina 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 6hrs 44mins 6hrs 44mins by car (427 kms) | 8hrs 4mins 8hrs 4mins by bus (427 kms) (427 kms)
 O : Concepcion - Paraguay 292 kms 292 kms straight distance | 7hrs 14mins 7hrs 14mins by car (547 kms) | 8hrs 40mins 8hrs 40mins by bus (547 kms) (547 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 Ybycui & Ybycui National Park, Paraguay:

Hospedaje La Esperanza, Ybycui, Paraguay - Large Photo
Hospedaje La Esperanza, Ybycui, Paraguay (May 2009 - 1 night) - More great Paraguayan hospitality here with a nice family, the lady makes nice food that you can partake in. Her husband took us for a drive around Ybycui and to his friends house who spoke english so the we could have a chat. Recommended.


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