Traveling in San Lorenzo

Parque Nu Guazu

Sitting on sixty-seven hectares of land on the border between Asuncion and Luque, Nu Guazu (“large field” in Guarani) is where Asuncenos come to get fresh air and exercise. There is a 5.2 kilometer walking path and 1.2 kilometer bike path alongside a small lake, a lily pond, snack shops, play areas for children, small gardens, and patches of eucalyptus trees. Across from the main entrance you will see the Monumento a las Residentas, a large white sculpture of a woman and child dedicated to the female fighters of the Triple Alliance. Nu Guazu can be crowded on the weekends. Be sure to bring a hat on sunny days as large sections of the track are not shaded. Avenida Silvio Petirossi, just past the intersection of Aviadores del Chaco and Madame Lynch on your way to the airport. By bus take Linea 28 or 30A (signed “XEspana”), Summer 5am-9pm, winter 5am-8pm Lambare: Cerro Lambare.

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This 136-meter high peak offers a great view of Asuncion, Lambare, and across the river to Argentina. A paved switch-backed road makes its way about eight kilometers to the lookout point at the top of the hill which is topped with a large monument featuring several figures of Paraguay’s history. This is a popular spot for families and couples to come drink mate and terere together -however it’s best to descend before sunset, as after dark, Cerro Lambare is a popular rendezvous point for the area’s couples. Corner of Juan Domingo Peron and Tomas Pereira, The Linea 23 Zeballos Cue can be caught on Azara, General Diaz or Calle Colon and heads all the way to the turn off to Cerro Lambare. Linea 41-1 can be caught on Eligio Ayala, Presidente Franco or Calle Colon as well. There is a sign marking the entrance to the right (before the Mormon Church to the left) on Tomas Pereira. From there is it about a half a kilometer walk to the foot of the hill Mariano Roque Alonzo: Puente Remanso Fish Shacks

Though a little ramshackle, the riverside restaurants under Puente Remanso are some of the best places to eat freshly caught fish. Relax under the shade and eat breaded and fried fish fillet (milanesa) or a fish, tomato, and onion casserole known as “chupzn.” There are often musicians playing Paraguayan polkas and guaranias for tips, and you can watch the fishermen reel in their catch. Next door fish mongers sell fresh fish out of large Styrofoam coolers, often rushing up to potential customers waving enormous fish by the gills. It is a humorous spectacle worth watching. On the Trans Chaco highway take the last right before crossing over Puente Remanso and then your second left down towards the river (this is about a seven block walk). By Bus: take anything heading down the Trans Chaco such as the Villa Hayes bus. Gs. 10,000-30,000

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