San Bernardino, Paraguay

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San Bernardino
San Bernardino is located in Paraguay
San Bernardino
San Bernardino
Coordinates: 25°18′38″S 57°17′46″W / 25.31056°S 57.29611°W / -25.31056; -57.29611Coordinates: 25°18′38″S 57°17′46″W / 25.31056°S 57.29611°W / -25.31056; -57.29611
Country  Paraguay
Department Cordillera
Founded August 24, 1881
 • Intendant Ramón Zubizarreta
Elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 9,491
Area code(s) 0512

San Bernardino (colloquially known as San Ber) is a town and district in Paraguay, located on the shores of Ypacarai Lake in the Cordillera Department. It is a popular holiday resort for people from Greater Asunción, both Alfredo Stroessner and former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza[disambiguation needed] have had lake houses there.


The town was founded in 1881 by German immigrants and was renamed after General Bernardino Caballero, president of Paraguay between 1880 and 1886.[citation needed]

The Hotel del Lago (Lake Hotel) in San Bernardino was where the German nationalist Dr. Bernhard Förster spent the last 6 weeks of his life, before committing suicide on 3 June 1889 by taking an overdose of strychnine.[citation needed]


San Bernardino is the summer home site of traditional families from Greater Asunción. However, swimming in the lake is prohibited due to chemical pollution of the water. The peak tourist season in San Bernardino is from December to mid February, which is the summer season in the country. During this time young people from Asunción and neighbouring cities and towns meet around the main meeting points, which are clubs and pubs at night and public spaces in the morning.[citation needed]

The town contains a museum.[citation needed]

The first Mayor (Intendente) of the city was Rodolfo Guillermo Limprich Naumann, known for his tireless support to the community for nearly 35 years.[citation needed]


According to the Statistics, Surveys and Censuses Bureau of Paraguay, San Bernardino has a total of 9,491 inhabitants, of which 3,877 live in its urban area.[1]



  1. ^ "Atlas Censal del Paraguay - Cordillera" (PDF) (in Spanish). 2002. 

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