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The Politics of Paraguay

Any student of Paraguayan history will know that it is a tale of ups and downs, lows and highs, littered with periods of dark uncertainty and political turmoil that have had a lasting effect on the Paraguay of today. Paraguayan independence was officially only won on May 14th and 15th 1811, when a lengthy struggle between Spanish loyalist forces along with the Spanish


The dense rainforests of South America are often fabled as the ripest hunting grounds for undiscovered medicinal plants. As more and more trees get cut down in the onslaught of commercial deforestation some scientists have expressed concern that many species of plant life that we know nothing about will be lost forever. Although efforts to curb the destruction of rainforests are gaining momentum, in countries like Paraguay, where it’s estimated as little as 13% of the country’s original primeval forest land remains, it’s feared that the damage is already done.


Paraguay National Dress

People in Paraguay tend to wear clothing that is made from lightweight and breathable fabrics due to the hot climate. Light colors are also preferred to dark colors for the same reason; lighter colors generally keep people cooler in hot conditions.   


Encarnacion

Encarnacion, known as the “Pearl of the South,” is a city in southeastern Paraguay on the Parana River. It is roughly 235miles south of the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion and sits on the opposite bank of the Argentinean city of Posadas. The San Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz Bridge connects the two cities.