Paraguay – Encarnación

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We joined the traveling Paraguayans with a seven-hour drive. It was sticky and sweaty. We let the countryside views and the smell of hard work behind us. It was time for the tall buildings and the smell of burned fuel in the city of Posadas. Encarnación welcomed us with empty streets. It was Christmas after all.
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas

 

The area around the newly made San Jose Beach on the shore of Parana River was a totally different story. The alleys, the lawns, the beach and the restaurants were full of celebrating people. Every company had at least one mate cup and a few people were taking turns drinking this traditional tea. The costanera (lakeside promenade) was full of life. Meanwhile the sun was slowly descending from the sky behind Encarnación’s brother city in Argentina – Posadas.
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas

 

We were pleasantly surprised by the transformation of this city. If we had come a few years earlier we probably would want to leave it as soon as possible. But a single costanera (near-the-beach alley), a beach on the river and a sambodromo can make a real difference. Paraguay does not have a sea border, so Parana River is giving the locals in Encarnación an alternative. The sambodromo attracts hundreds of people in January and February when the carnival is held.
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas

 

At about 30km away from the city are the Misiones Jesuíticas. They are in great condition and can show you the story of this catholic movement, which aimed to baptize the Indians. An here’s some advice from us: do not spend much time walking around in a warm day.
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas

 

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Let’s go back to the region’s development. Maybe they should put some more effort into the tourist side of development.

First of all, the organized trips are too expensive. Second of all, there isn’t enough information about them. We researched and reached Trinidad with the public transportation. Note: In the summer it is not great using it. Even more, it is really slow and you just need to be able to speak Spanish. The spoken Spanish there is another question – it is really hard to understand it sometimes, since most people are skipping letters. I wonder if we speak Bulgarian as badly as they speak Spanish. What if a foreigner studied it and then came to Bulgaria? Would they be able to understand us?

Let’s not complain, since the real language is actually the spoken one and not the one in the textbooks. And this obstacle is actually making our Spanish better and faster. Not only do we need to translate, but we are always thinking “What is he/she trying to say”.

a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas

 

The heat is furious and we wonder what happened with the supposed upcoming rain. We try to stay under the umbrella and dring a lot of water (6 l), but it is still quite unbearable. The answer comes to us in 4.30 AM, when we are woken up by a huge storm! That’s why we will continue with the alternatives to what you can do, when it’s raining…soon 🙂
a journey to Encarnación in Paraguay on Christmas

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