27 hours in Paraguay (part 1): hauling across the country to make up for a canceled flight

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See also parts 2, 3 and 4 of my 27 Hours in Paraguay.

Two weeks pre-trip and Pluna calls that my Saturday night flight to Asuncion, Paraguay has been cancelled and I need to fly out Sunday midday. The plan was already tight, with 400 km to cover by night, and slicing to half a day meant taking a cleaver to the Circuito de Oro (Golden Circuit) of Franciscan church towns heading southeast from Asuncion.

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Uruguay leftovers in flight

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Asuncion Airport

First stop was Cerro Koi and Cerro Chorori, outside Aregua, unusual sandstone formations found only there and a place each in Canada and South Africa. Took some hunting and lots of conflicting directions from local amblers. Finally, upon reaching Cerro Koi a motorcycle policeman appeared, ostensibly for my protection, too bad did not find him prior to getting repeatedly lost.

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Cerro Koi

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Police escort

Already 14:00, there was time for only one church stop, Yaguaron, the only one in the region mostly intact from its original design.

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Yaguaron church

The a race across country to the Misiones region for the museum at Santa Maria de Fe. I lost. Already past five and dark, my driver attempted to negotiate entrance with the caretaker but was defeated by timed alarms. Nice little town, and a sample of the unusual town square design seen throughout Paraguay.

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Santa Maria de Fe's church

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Channels across squares in Paraguay

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Trying to open the museum - no dice

Night in Encarnacion. Back on schedule. Until the traffic and Brazil border.

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Encarnacion, a toddlin' town

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Rapid Travel Chai
10 years ago

@The Weekly Flyer – reports of visitors being ambushed in the jungle paths.

The Weekly Flyer
10 years ago

Why do you think a police escort was needed / provided?