Two missions

Aside from its wonderful river beach boardwalk, Encarnación is probably best known for its proximity to the UNESCO recognized Jesuit ruins nearby.  La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue are preserved religious missions that were founded by the Jesuits during the colonization of South America in the 17th century.  They were developed to…

The Pearl of the South

Encarnación is considered to be Paraguay’s most attractive city and is known as the Carnaval Capital of the country with thousands showing up for the annual celebration.  We missed this year’s festivities but we did get to enjoy the recently completed riverside promenade and its fabulous river beach.  The city’s simple tranquility and the picturesque…

The Arabian Steak

Our first night in Paraguay brought us to one of the dozens of restaurants nearby that served up a common food that’s a significant element in the local cuisine.  Lomito arabe is the local name for the world-renowned shawarma that is made by stacking strips of fat and pieces of seasoned meat on a skewer…

The Mother of Cities

Paraguay isn’t on the widely traveled tourist trail in South America but we decided stop in for a while to see what the country had to offer.  Even though it’s located in the middle of the continent, it’s often skipped by travelers who mistakenly assume that a lack of “mega-attractions” means there’s nothing to see. …