Our ride to Asuncion is a long one, and seems to burn through the day quickly. Having had to deal with a hard-starting bike this morning no doubt has set the tone for the day. We arrive in Asuncion later than we had planned, and the one-hour time difference from Argentina plays a role too. In other words it’s getting dark when we finally arrive, something we always try to avoid.
Javier, the super nice owner of the Kerana Hostel in Encarnacion, has helped us book a room at a place that has bike parking. We appreciate the help since we have heard all over that there aren’t many hostels in Asuncion. We arrive at the El Jardin Hostel at dark and ride up onto the sidewalks to avoid getting mowed down by the rumbling buses of the downtown area.
The owners here are really nice too, and help us lift and push the bikes in through the front door and through the hostel to the small courtyard in the back. Our bikes have a poolside space for the next two days.
Much better than out on the street with all those buses.
The next day we head out for a walkabout, a wander through the downtown and historic center of the city.
One of the most famous places to visit in Asuncion is the Pantheon of Heroes in the Plaza de los Heroes, where the Unknown Soldier of Paraguay and several past Presidents are entombed.
Then we walk over to see the Cultural Center of Paraguay.
And then the National Legislature….I love how an old building has been preserved and enshrined in the new one.
And just next door is the Presidential Palace.
And then we walk behind it to the river and watch some Navy crew coming onto land, and then look at the port area of the city.
The next day we move on toward the eastern border, making our way to Brazil in a few days. I stop off at Harley Davidson for a fix for my t-shirt addiction, and then we stop off at Touratech Paraguay. The shop has only been here for a year – how exciting for them! And I’m so glad we did. Takaki Okamoto has to be one of the nicest people we have met in the country yet, and that’s saying something…because everyone is nice here. We chat about our travels, get a couples of photos in and wish each other well.