Rural tourism of Paraguay
Paraguay is a rural country, and many urban residents enjoy vacationing on ranches in the countryside. While the tourism market is mainly domestic, some international tourists also visit rural Paraguay.
Rural tourism in Paraguay (while largely devoted to relaxation) includes activities such as horseback riding, swimming, boating and hiking. Areas with great biodiversity are especially popular with tourists. Many large estancias (ranches) are open to urban and foreign tourists.
Typical foods include sopa paraguaya, asado, bori bori, mbeju, mandioca and staples such as rice, Chipa, and dishes made with cheese and eggs. The main crops of Paraguay are sugarcane, corn, manioc, tobacco, coffee, peanuts, and rice; popular in-season fruits and vegetables include avocado, mango, onion, orange, tomato, grapefruit and pineapple.
Topography and tourism
Most land in Paraguay is used for agriculture and ranching, although there are still large areas of forest in some areas. The central part of the country is verdant and hilly, with characteristically-Paraguayan red soil. The south is flatter and home to wetlands, streams and marshes. The north is more mountainous than the rest of the country, with many waterfalls. The Chaco region in the west is arid and barren, with a unique array of plants and animals.
Rural establishments dedicated to agriculture and livestock open their doors to tourists wishing to participate in field activities, sports or simply relax in contact with nature. Agroganadera Jejui, 291 km from Asunción with access to Route III on the Rio Jejui, has excellent conditions for fishing and river trips; nearby are the city of San Pedro de Ycuamandiyú and Cerro Corá National Park.
Estancia Cerro León
Located 54 kilometres (34 mi) from Asunción and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Ypacaraí, the Estancia Cerro León is near the historic site where Marshal Francisco Solano López during the Paraguayan War. Other nearby attractions include the town of Cerro León and the train station and Franciscan church at Pirayú.
Estancia Don Emilio
Located near the city of Coronel Oviedo 132 kilometres (82 mi) from Asunción and 200 kilometres (120 mi) from Ciudad del Este is Estancia Don Emilio. It has the last 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of natural forest in the area, with a wide variety of native trees and wildlife. Nearby are the Rio Tebicuarymi, the town of Yataity (where Aho-poi, a fine linen cloth, is made) and the Ybyturuzú Nature Reserve.
Located at the confluence of the Caazapá Department, Caaguazú and Alto Paraná on the Monday River 252 kilometres (157 mi) from Asunción and 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Ciudad del Este, Estancia Golondrina features agricultural and livestock activities. It maintains the Ypeti Nature Reserve, which has a diversity of flora and fauna. The reserve has a visitor center and guided tours in areas of the forest with trails along the Monday River.
A 57-kilometre (35 mi) journey from Asunción through Ypacarai and Pirayú leads to the La Lilia estancia. Visitors can tour the Museum Camp, swim in Madama Creek, enjoy lunch and learn about typical rural tasks. Nearby are the Campamento Cerro León, Ñandutí Town in Itauguá, the Ramón Elías Mythology Museum and the city of Capiatá.
In rural tourism establishments, group activities are also available to promote the importance of biodiversity and a commitment to caring for natural resources and the environment.
- Paraguayan Americans Retrieved 2011-11-10.