A big reason why people travel to South America is to experience the natural wonders all around the continent. For many nature tourists, the National Parks in this part of the world are some of the best around, particularly in Paraguay.
This is one of the few South American countries that is completely landlocked. But it makes up for it’s lack of coastline with some intensely amazing National Parks. Keeping in mind that there’s a lot to do in the country, the parks cannot be missed.
Cerro Cora National Park
A short drive outside of the city of Pedro Juan Caballero is Paraguay’s largest National Park which shares a border with Brazil. This area was the site of several historical events, including the last battle of the Paraguayan War in the late 1800s.
Cerro Cora National Park has a variety of interesting geological features, which is interesting considering how flat Paraguay usually is. Beyond that, there are various petroglyphs throughout the park, some of which date back more that 5000 years.
Ybycui National Park
While it might not the biggest park around, Ybycui National Park is still a wonderful place to spend a relaxing couple of days camping and enjoying the natural splendor. A big attractions are the natural pools and cascading waterfalls, which are quite picturesque.
In addition to that, Ybycui is a marvelous place to go birding. People who have made the trip have raved about the variety of species that can be found in the region, and spotting wildlife is always a big reason to travel to places such as this. It’s not always easy in the forest, though.
Nacunday National Park
As rising star in Paraguay, Nacunday National Park is starting to bring in an increasing numbers of locals and tourists. The big draw is the Salto Ñacunday, a massive and gorgeous waterfall that people travel to as a destination on its own.
This park is also home to a wide range of plant and animal life, as well as the Mbya Guaraní. They are the Indigenous peoples native to the region who use the park for a variety of purposes. Nacunday is an interesting spot to say the least.
Ypoá National Park
National Parks can serve a variety of purposes but their primary goal is the preservation of nature. And in the case of Ypoá National Park, that purpose is the preservation and protection of the expansive wetlands that make up a large percentage of it.
The big thing in Ypoá is spotting wildlife. It’s key place in preserving the natural world of Paraguay has created an environment perfect for viewing the incredible range of flora and fauna in the country. That includes a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and more.
Caazapa National Park
Spotting wildlife in the dense forests of Caazapa National Park is a virtual impossibility. Are there jaguars in the region? Yes. Are you going to see them? It’s highly unlikely, but if you do it will hopefully be from a great distance.
There are two reasons to head to Caazapa. Birding here is amazing, with a variety of toucans, parrots and hummingbirds endemic to the region. But there are also a marvelous variety of colorful butterflies to experience.