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Eco-tourism in Paraguay

Cerro Corá National Park

Another way to get to know Paraguay's natural charms is by visiting its numerous national Parks. Sounds and silence, rest and adventure, calm and movement, loneliness and company, all of these sensations will be there amid the greatness of nature.

Cerro Corá National Park, the largest in Paraguay, is a good place to start. Its forests extend up to the Brazilian border and its hills bore witness to the last battle of the war of the Triple Alliance in 1870 on the shores of Aquidabán Creek. Some of the nearby caves feature old paintings.

Ybicuí National Park shows a different landscape: the rivers that traverse the hills form beautiful waterfalls and quiet pools. Biological biodiversity is just amazing, adapted to the living conditions in the swamps and the region's subtropical forests.

The 25 ha of land at Ñu Guasu Park lie in the vicinity of Luque's international airport. This is an ideal place to spend an afternoon outdoors and do some sports, since the area is partly urbanized but preserving its green areas. It owns a gymnastics area, football, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a bike road a trekking circuit.

Inside Ñacunda National Park there is a lot to keep you entertained. To begin with, there lies the settlement for the members of the ancient Guaraní Mbyá community, whose lives revolve around the area's natural produce and their religious practices. Hunting and fishing are also among other options here or take an excursion up to the startling Ñacunday Waterfall. It is 40 meters high and 70 meters wide and is located at the mouth of the Paraná River.

The Paraguayan Chaco, in turn, harbors the natural reserves of Cabrera-Timané and Cerro Chovoreca, plus the National Parks: Médanos del Chaco, Río Negro, Tinfunque and Teniente Agripino Encisco.

Around the waterways: rivers, lakes, dams and fishing

Parana River

The Paraguay and the Paraná are the country's most important rivers. They both empty in the Río de la Plata and constitute useful sea accesses. They also sustain life along their watercourses: settlements, animal and plant life and a whole spectrum of magic worlds.

There are plenty of choices for activities to do during your stay along the Paraguay River: from excursions to wonderful spots to water sports. The wide Paraná River flows along a thousand kilometers, dotted with a host of ports, geologic faults and the waterfalls at Monday, Vairuzú, Tembey, Ñacunday and Salto Plomo.

If you are in search of a destination to escape the city's quick pace, a short stay at San Bernardino and Areguá will surely do the trick. These are summer villas nestled on the river's shores along the margins of Lake Ypacarai. The unexplored Lake Ypoá makes for another attractive option to please any adventure's spirit, surrounded by unspoiled nature and mysterious charm.

With its incredible hydrographic network, Paraguay becomes a haven for fishing fans. Several fishing tours can be organized from Encarnación, Concepción, Villa Florida, Cabaña San Guillermo Pilar, Paso de Patria, Cerrito, Alberdi, Itacuá and Ayolas.

Paraguay also owns two great masterpieces of engineering: the dams on the Itaipú and Yacyretá tributaries along the Paraná River, hydroelectric stations equipped to welcome visitors. The first, shared with Brazil, is the world's largest and lies 15 km from Ciudad del Este. The dam at Yacyretá (Paraguay and Argentina) was built along the waterfalls at Yacyretá-Apipé.

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