Camping in Paraguay

Our friend, Caroline, posted a question on a previous blog where she asked how often we were staying in hotels. Our original plan, as Caroline was aware, was to check into a hotel a day or two a week, so we could take lengthy hot showers, have our laundry done, get on the internet to pay bills etc. So far, although we’re not quite 3 weeks into living in the casa, we have spent zero time in hotels; I thought a blog post describing where we are currently staying could be enlightening.

Camping in Argentina, and now Paraguay, is different from what we are used to, or choose to go to, in the US. In the US and Canada, Karen and I typically stay at National Forest campgrounds. While these campgrounds tend to be beautiful and muy tranquilo, they don’t have much in the way of amenities. Not sure these types of campgrounds exist here. Instead we have been staying at places that are a combination campground, hostel, restaurant, and sometimes even hotel. Resort is too strong of a word, but campground does not describe it either. And I wouldn’t call it a KOA, either.

As I write this, we are staying at Parque Manantial in Paraguay; roughly 35 km away from Encarnacion. (Here’s another link). Manatial is very nice, and is highly recommended.

Parque Manantial

It has a dorm for 6, one bungalow tucked away somewhere, two swimming pools,

The pool

a volleyball court, table tennis, bar, restaurant, bathrooms, and most, most importantly very nice clean showers. And hot water from a heater, not from the common “instant hot water / electrocution device”, which we’ve used at a few other places.

The "device"

Another "device"

For this type of hot water heaters you take 220V, tape it to the two leads coming out from the shower head, and turn on the electricity. Voila, either hot water or death.

Anyway, right now the casa is parked in a pretty wooded area 200 ft away from the bar / restaurant / pool / shower area.

The casa

Each campsite has its own little table, a sink, and a barbeque grill not too far away. The table and chairs are wiped off each day by the campground personnel, who also rake and remove all the leaves from the grounds.

Our campsite

As high season hasn’t started yet, there is only one additional pair of campers here right now, coincidentally they are the German overlanders that we ran into in Buenos Aires; met while passing the border at Posadas, and then ran into at this campground.

The showers are great, the bar / restaurant has good wifi – and beer if the blog writing is not flowing – and there is a laundry place in town about 10 minutes away. If the campgrounds continue to be like this one, not sure we will check into a hotel at all.

BTW, the cost to camp here is US $12.50 per night.


3 thoughts on “Camping in Paraguay

  1. It sounds as if the “camping” sites are for upper class Latinos who expect amenities (and who can afford the vehicles to reach them). Do they get crowded during the season?

  2. Thanks for the answer. Sounds very nice. I particularly like the sink at each site. Having spent a month every summer camping on our family vacations, that would have been handy! Next question – do they all have internet access too? Or where are you getting the wifi?

  3. Hi guys, finally catching up on my lifes2shortnot2 reading. I’ve decided that waiting for your installments makes me feel like a Dickens fan rushing the docks to hear the latest chapter of Little Nell. I agree with your other correspondents here, really does help fill out the picture. Who are your neighbors, other Paraguayans? Non-domestic turistas? Quien?

    I had the on-demand water in Rio, a modern building in Copacabana, required lighting a match before showering, but worked great.

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