27 hours in Paraguay (part 2): UNESCO-listed Trinidad, Jesús and the most obnoxious birds in the world

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See also parts 1, 3 and 4 of my 27 Hours in Paraguay.

The road northeast from Encarnación to Brazil is ‘misiones’ country and indeed one of the best ways to sample Paraguay is to cross from Argentina’s Misiones region to Encarnación and spend a day at the UNESCO-listed Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue, Trinidad and Jesús for short.

Transiting from Argentina, which boasts its own missions, avoids the Paraguayan cities of Asunciónand Cuidad del Este, and the 5+ hour drives down from each. The only domestic flights in Paraguay are between Asunción and Ciudad del Este.

The missions date to the 17th and 18th centuries, are situated in pleasant towns off the main road, and are devoid of tourists. A delight.

One ticket includes both, plus San Cosme y Damián on the other side of Encarnación.

The region boasts loads more churches and missions, the ‘yerbe mate capital’ Bella Vista and for those wanting to go way off track, Caaguazú National Park.

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First one in the gate, well, only one in

Only one there but these birds make quite the racket!

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Jimmy @TravelByPoints

@RTC, we are jealous, living vicariously through your adventures. You have two job openings for me and TravelWhimsy :D?

Rapid Travel Chai

@Jimmy – so many wonderful, deserted UNESCO sites – tomorrow will be at some in Oman!!!

Jimmy @TravelByPoints

Mr. RTC, hope your business/leisure trip is going well. Judging from the pictures in this post, you should change your name to Rapid Lone Travel Chai!


Beautiful pictures! Another destination to put on my bucket list. BTW, I think you and I have a similar camera – canon powershot? I noticed it in one of your flickr albums.

Rapid Travel Chai

@Travelwhimsy – yes, I am a point and shoot kind of guy. I have never been willing to have a camera bag nearly as big as my backpack on these trips. 😉