San Miguel is known as Paraguay’s Capital of wool. Artisans weave wool from locally raised sheep into everything from blankets to ponchos. Along the road you will see houses with wool creations hanging on the fences and from trees, all for sale. Each June, the town celebrates the Festival Ovecha Rague where local artisans show off their woolen wares and various ranching competitions including a bull run take place.
Cabanas San Francisco
Visitors to this family run estancia can kick back and relax in a hammock or get their hands dirty helping with daily chores. Hearty meals are prepared on an old school wood burning oven known as a fogon – the ranch specialty is asado de cordero (barbecued lamb). The mini-zoo includes monkeys, capybaras and yacares (caiman). Owners are energetic and friendly. The ranch is within easy walking distance from Route 1 and only one kilometer outside of town. Tel: 083 240 328, 0971 216 171, turn off is to the right-hand side (coming from Asuncion) at km 173 of Route 1, www.csanfrancisco.com.py, Gs. 120,000-130,000 per person (full room and board), TV, A/C, minifridge, pool, fishing pond, mini-zoo San Juan Bautista
The capital of the Misiones department, San Juan is a pleasant place to stroll through, especially since the main highway only skirts past the edge of town. San Juan’s various large and verdant plazas earn it the nickname Ciudad Jardin (City of Gardens). San Juan is a university town with several large public and private universities drawing students from the entire Misiones district.
San Juan is also known as the Cuna de Mangore (birthplace of Mangore) – talented composer and guitarist Agustm Pio Barrios, better known for his nickname Mangore, was born here in 1885. His former house is slowly being restored and is currently a cultural center, adorned with many paintings of the famed artist (but not much else).
(San Juan native Agustm Pfo Barrios is featured on the Gs. 50,000 bill.)
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