Caapucú

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Caapucú
City
Skyline of Caapucú
Caapucú is located in Paraguay
Caapucú
Caapucú
Location in Paraguay
Coordinates: 26°14′30″S 57°10′30″W / 26.24167°S 57.17500°W / -26.24167; -57.17500
Country Paraguay
Department Paraguarí
Founded 1787
Founded by Pedro Melo de Portugal
Government
 • Mayor Lourdes Sabirna Britez Ugarte
Area
 • Total 2,455 km2 (948 sq mi)
Elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 7,249
 • Density 3.0/km2 (7.6/sq mi)
Postal code 4300
Area code(s) (595)(535)

Caapucú (Guaraní: Ka'apuku) is a town in Caapucú District in the Paraguarí Department of Paraguay, At the 2002 census it had a population of 7,249,[1] and is located 141 km from Asunción, the capital of the country.

The Route No. I crosses through this city.

It was founded in 1787 by Pedro de Melo de Portugal, and was previously known as Capilla Tuvá.

Caapucú is the biggest district of the department, located in the south region of the latter; it is separated from the Misiones Department by the Tebicuary River.

In the city are many housings from colonial times, most of them built in the time around the Paraguayan Independence. One of them, the Stevant house, resembling a castle, has been turned into a museum that exhibits artifacts from that time.

Economy[edit]

The area that borders the Tebicuary River is a land that is victim of flooding, and is a good area for fishing.

Caapucú is an area mostly dedicated to cattle rising of cows, sheep, pigs and horses.

The agriculture activity is orientated mostly to the production for interne consumption of the population; they cultivate sweet cane, grapes, cotton and manioc. Among the main economical activities of the district are the shoe industry, the shops and workshop of craftsmanship, like wood carvings, confection of wardrove in “aó po’I”, “encaje jú” and crafts on leather.

Municipality[edit]

Caapucú was founded by Pedro de Melo de Portugal, on August 15, 1787, more to the north of its current location.

The city moved around 1816, during the government of José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, due to the shortage of water in the original location.

The current Mayor of the District is Lourdes Sanabria Brítez Ugarte, member of the Liberal Party, and she’ll be in office for the period of 2006-2010.

The city has seven health care facilities, four sport clubs, four clean-up councils and municipal slaughterhouse.

Tourism[edit]

Portico of an old colonial house in Caapucú.

Caapucú has very attractive touristic spots, such as the Municipal Square “Punta Arenas” located in the banks of the Tebicuary River, the touristic state “Santa Clara”, located 8 kilometers away from the city and several streams, squares and historical museums.

From Caapucú it’s possible to go to other recreational places of great beauty, such as Laguna Verá, also called Ypoa-Guazú, where people can go fishing and boating. The place also has a beautiful resort near the stream Paso Ybycuí, with installations for camping and sports.

A tour for the hills Charorá, Virgen, Yaguarete-cuá, Tarumá, Mariño, Villalba, Arayhú and Mbocayá allow the visitors to enjoy the natural landscape with a view of all the lakes.

The main attractive of Caapucú are its beaches of white sand by the Tebicuary River, located in the city of Villa Florida.

The foundation of the city is remembered in the month of August with a popular party, parades and sport competitions. The folkloric festival “Che Rendá Alazán” is organized every year in the month of February, and the National Festivity of the “Arriero” in October.

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