Monday, 04 August 2008 14:25
What to say about Paraguay?
For one thing, we didn’t stay long (only 5 days in total). We arrived via the border crossing near Asuncion, another large city whose center we avoided. Instead of staying in the city we made our way directly to San Bernadino. This village is know as the playground of the wealthy in Paraguay (it is a very small village, I guess the wealthy in Paraguay are few and far between!). While there we stayed at a great little campground overlooking a lake. What made it all the better was the great hospitality of the owner and his family as well as the fact that we had the place to ourselves.
After a few days we headed to our second and final destination in Paraguay, the village of Honehau. It wasn’t the village which attracted us but rather the Jesuit ruins which can be found nearby. This part of Paraguay (as well as the adjoining province of Missiones in Argentina) is known for its religious ruins, most of them having been built prior to 1750. Jesuits were very active in the region and constructed 30 missions in total. Their power in the region was such that they were eventually expelled by Spanish authorities who wanted to exploit indigenous peoples that were being protected by the Jesuits.
All that’s left now is this…