After leaving Asuncion very early this morning, we spent most of the day traveling through the beautiful Paraguayan countryside. The lush and green country could easily resemble Virginia except for the occasional clumps of palm trees. Horses, cows and sheep seem to wander anywhere they want to, including along the road side.
Our first stop of the day, was for breakfast about an hour and a half out of Asuncion. We dined on freshly baked cheese and corn empanadas and a variety of juices. A small store next door stocked us up with water and even Oreo cookies.
We drove on for a few more hours just enjoying the wonderful views, (and of course the air conditioning.) Lunch was at what I would describe as a Paraguayan version of a road house restaurant. Nothing fancy, but loaded with local charm. The decorators from Cracker Barrel would have loved to shop here as the walls were hung with everything from a stuffed python and various animal horns to guitars, hats and much more. We ate what has become a bit if a favorite of ours and that is Sarubie, a large fish caught in both the Paraguay and Parana River.
In the afternoon we toured the 2nd largest hydroelectric dam in South America. It was truly a technological marvel. As we were on restricted government land, (with a tour guide,) we made a brief crossover into Argentina.
So now we are safely in Encarnacion at the southern tip of Paraguay. Entering the city almost everyone in the group commented that this city has a very different vibe from Asuncion. While Asuncion is very cosmopolitan, Encarnacion seems to have a bit more polish to it. The hotel we’re staying at for the night is very nice and comfortable, with a pool and hot tub we hope to make use of later tonight.
So Encarnacion tonight and part of tomorrow and then on to Cuidad Del Este. More later.