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Signature Paraguay: The Missions and the Chaco

11 days from £3,500pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Paraguay / Argentina / Iguazu Falls

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Overview & Highlights

A comprehensive holiday in the last undiscovered country on the continent, wedged between Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina but with a unique and distinctive culture and landscape in its own right. 

Ask most people where Paraguay is, and not that many will be able to point to this shyly land-locked country on a map. And most of them won’t know anyone who has been there. But that isn’t a reason not to go: what was in living memory merely a despotically-run, underdeveloped republic is now an optimistic place with a creative, youthful population and a commitment to restoring the attractions of the Spanish colonial era in its quirky riverside capital, Asuncion.

In addition, in the bird-filled wetlands, saltpans, lagoons and thorn forests of the Chaco Paraguay hosts some of the most remote wildlife wilderness on the continent and a stunning clutch of well tended ruins of once glorious Jesuit missions, which are also found over the border in Brazil and Argentina. For history, culture, the arts and nature, this comprehensive holiday will satisfy all the curiosity of the visitor who wants to go beyond the most popular destinations.

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  • Walking tour of Asunción
  • Excursion to Sapucai railway village and museum
  • Guided explorations in the Chaco
  • Visit to the Franciscan church of Yaguaron
  • Visit to the Jesuit-Guarani art museums of San Ignacio Guasu and Santa Maria de Fe
  • Visits to the Jesuit ruins of Trinidad and Jesus de Tavarangue
  • Walking tour of Trinidad by night (Fri-Sun only)
  • Guided tour of the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls
  • Guided tour of the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls

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  • This was my first trip with JLA. It was recommended by friends and as I have such a keen interest in Latin America I wanted to travel with experts like…

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  • I loved the beauty of the Solentiname Islands and Corn Islands.  But my favourite part of the trip was definitely Leon as there is so much fascinating recent history.

    FW, Leamington Spa
  • An excellent holiday which met our wish to revisit some parts of Brazil and explore new areas; Pantanal was a real discovery and better for seeing wildlife than Manaus.

    PMR, Blandford Forum
  • So many things - wonderful birds, Leon was very interesting, Copan was fascinating. This is our 4th trip with JLA and we have never been disappointed.

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Juliet Ellwood Travel Expert After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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