Where to Go Hiking in Paraguay (Part 2)

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    Here are More Places to visit and go hiking in Paraguay!

    4. Cerro León

    Venture into the Chaco to climb the second-highest peak in Paraguay: Cerro León. The surroundings of the Defensores del Chaco National Park cover 780,000 hectares, making it the largest national park in Paraguay. Jabirus (6-foot-tall storks), ocelots, and jaguars roam the landscape. Cerro León rises above dry, rocky land, dotted with cacti and dense forests, at an elevation of nearly 2,000 feet. Three dirt trails, 3.1, 1.5, and 1.2 miles in length, offer the opportunity to visit a lagoon and see aerial views of the park. You can camp and barbecue here, but pack your food.

    Located next to the Transchaco Highway, 130 miles from the city of Philadelphia, the entrance to the park is only accessible with a 4x4. Licenses are required to come here and can be obtained by contacting SEAM. Alternatively, arrange your trip through a travel agency like Gran Chaco Turismo en Filadelfia.

    5. Puerto Olivares Station

    The nearly 3-mile loop trail on the grounds of the Puerto Olivares Station takes hikers through a eucalyptus forest to a 160-year-old oratory built by Paraguay's first president. Then, continue along the beach of the Manduvirá river and pass a tiny kayak port, where flamingos fly. Easy and almost always flat, the hike has some rocky sections and some of the time it is well shaded. Howler monkeys, tiny owls, and many other varieties of birds can be seen along the trail.

    A rustic, family-run complex, Estación Puerto Olivares is located a few kilometers from Emboscada, on Route 3 (approximately two hours north of Asunción). Stay overnight at campgrounds or inside the local railroad museum and paddle a kayak at sunset to the serenade of the river basin animal choir.

    6. Akatí Hill

    To get to the top of Cerro Akatí, walk the 9-mile dirt road from Melgarejo; alternatively, you can drive most of the way in a 4x4 and then hike the remaining 2 kilometers to the top. This moderate hike is pretty flat, except for the last part which has a steep incline and rocky sections. The trail has two viewpoints: a bench at the top overlooking the Villarrica Valley and a wooden swing towards the forest. A Catholic priest in full ceremonial garb can be seen blessing the hill at the mirador (lookout point). Check out the section of the cave trail with Itá Letra (pre-Columbian writings carved into the stone walls), and bring your hammock to tie up high for a midday nap or a break from Tereré (iced yerba mate tea)

    To spend the night, reserve a camp or a room in the cabins at the foot of the hill. The registration fee for the walk costs the equivalent of approximately $3.

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