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.
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.
Already 14:00, there was time for only one church stop, Yaguaron, the only one in the region mostly intact from its original design.
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.
Night in Encarnacion. Back on schedule. Until the traffic and Brazil border.