This Paraguay itinerary provides a superb introduction to the country for the first-time visitor combining Asuncion, the Jesuit missions and Encarnacion.
Highlights: Asuncion – Encarnacion – Trinidad Missions
Length: 9 Days
Arrival transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon.
The tree-lined streets and colonial squares make the historic centre of Asuncion very appealing. A visit to the Conmebol Football museum will be of particular interest for those with a passion for the sport.
Our half day city tour of Asuncion takes in the key buildings and landmarks of the capital including Independence House, the Cathedral, Government Palace and the National Heroes Pantheon. The tour ends at the arts and crafts shops at La Recova.
Rest of the day at leisure
Please let us know if you would like us to arrange any particular excursions and activities from a boat trip on the Paraguay River to visits to some of the handicraft towns of Aregua, San Bernardino and Itagua.
Asuncion to Encarcnacion
Full day transfer from Asuncion to Encarnacion with stops en route at Yaguraon to visit the Franciscan church and at San Ignacio Guazu for an introduction to the Jesuits in Paraguay. Of the 30 missions building constructed by the Jesuits, their first was here (1609-10) and the building that houses the museum was their workshop.
Continue to Encarnacion and transfer to your hotel on arrival into the city.
Free day in Encarnacion.
Encarnacion is reinventing itself following the construction of the Yacyreta Dam in the 1990s which flooding over 1500 sq. km and displaced around 100,000 people. We recommend a walk along the waterfront.
Encarnacion is famous within Paraguay for its carnival, which takes place over four consecutive weekends in the run-up to Lent, rather than the usual three or four days celebrated in other parts of the catholic world. Early booking is essential of you are travelling then.
Excursion to Santisima Trinidad
The Mission of La Santísima Trinidad del Parana was founded in 1706 and completed in 1712. All Jesuit missions were laid out in a uniform plan with buildings grouped around a central grass square. The church, school rooms and store-houses stood at one end and accommodation blocks formed the other three sides, each block rather like a terrace of houses with separate dwellings covered by a long roof. Most of the buildings were made of wood and adobe bricks but the churches were made of stone which was often elaborately carved and adorned with statuary which may have been imported from Spain and Italy. The priests' quarters, stables, armories and workshops were usually constructed around an adjoining square. They also had hospital blocks for the sick and the elderly. They were designed to be autonomous and self-sufficient.
The smaller missions usually had two priests, larger missions had more to administer a population which varied from 2,000 to 7,000 Indians. They were assisted by a council of eight to twelve native leaders (known as a cabildo) who met on a daily basis to monitor the progress of the town and its inhabitants.
The ruins of Santisima Trinidad were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Visitors can see a short film in English, Spanish and German about the Mission at reception. There is a small shop and café at the site. The management appears very keen to encourage visitors to see the site at night (it is subtly lit) but you get a better understanding of the layout, extent and scale of the buildings during the daytime.
Free Day at Encarnacion
If you would like us to pre-book additional excursions, please let us know.
A popular tour visits the ruins of “San Ignacio Miní” located near Posadas (Argentina) on the opposite bank of the Parana River and includes the Yacyretá Hydroelectric Dam and ecologic park and the ruins of “San Cosme y San Damián”.
Other popular excusions include a day trip to Ybycui National Park or a short visit to the Jesus de Tavarangue mission.
Return to Asuncion
Overnight in your hotel in the capital.
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