Theme Week Uruguay – Las Piedras

August 21st, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Museo de la Uva y el Vino © Roxyuru/cc-by-sa-3.0

Museo de la Uva y el Vino © Roxyuru/cc-by-sa-3.0

Las Piedras is a city in the Canelones Department of Uruguay. As of the census of 2011, it is the fifth most populated city of the country. Las Piedras is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs. According to the 2011 census, Las Piedras had a population of 71,258. In 2010 the Intendencia de Canelones had estimated a population of 79,412 for the municipality during the elections.   read more…

Theme Week Uruguay

August 20th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Punta del Este © Roberto Tietzmann/cc-by-2.5

Punta del Este © Roberto Tietzmann/cc-by-2.5

Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a state in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata (River of Silver) to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay is home to an estimated 3.44 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo (List of cities in Uruguay). With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname. Uruguayan culture is strongly European and its influences from southern Europe are particularly important. The tradition of the gaucho has been an important element in the art and folklore of both Uruguay and Argentina.   read more…

Theme Week Paraguay – Asunción

July 28th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Calle Palma © Bruno Arriola/cc-by-sa-3.0

Calle Palma © Bruno Arriola/cc-by-sa-3.0

Asunción is the capital and largest city of Paraguay. The city is located on the left bank of the Paraguay River, almost at the confluence of this river with the River Pilcomayo, on the South American continent. The Paraguay River and the Bay of Asunción in the northwest separate the city from the Occidental Region of Paraguay and Argentina in the south part of the city. The rest of the city is surrounded by the Central Department. The city is an autonomous capital district, not a part of any department. The metropolitan area, called Gran Asunción, includes the cities of San Lorenzo, Fernando de la Mora, Lambaré, Luque, Mariano Roque Alonso, Ñemby, San Antonio, Limpio, Capiatá and Villa Elisa, which are part of the Central Department. The Asunción metropolitan area has over 2.2 million inhabitants.   read more…

Theme Week Paraguay – Ciudad del Este

July 27th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Downtown Ciudad del Este © Ekem/cc-by-sa-3.0

Downtown Ciudad del Este © Ekem/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ciudad del Este (Spanish for City of the East) initialed CDE is the second largest city in Paraguay and capital of the Alto Paraná Department, situated on the Paraná River. Its population is at 294,000. The city consists of a large population of Lebanese immigrants, as well as Taiwanese. The city annually attracts thousands of tourists for Black Friday. On a daily basis, many tourists from Brazil cross the border to enter Ciudad del Este and the city also attracts thousands of worldwide tourists. The city is home to Club Atlético 3 de Febrero, whose home ground Estadio Antonio Aranda was used for the 1999 Copa América, and is Paraguay’s third biggest football stadium.   read more…

Theme Week Paraguay – Encarnación

July 26th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Encarnación Beach © Motorway065/cc-by-sa-3.0

Encarnación Beach © Motorway065/cc-by-sa-3.0

Encarnación is a district and the capital city of Itapúa Department in Paraguay, located at the south-east of the department, on the right-hand (western) shore of the Paraná River, opposite Posadas in Argentina. The city has an area of 274 km² and a population of 128,000. Encarnación is the third-largest city of Paraguay. Encarnación is connected to Posadas by the San Roque González de Santa Cruz Bridge and the International Train. The city is located on Route 1, some 370 km (225 miles) from Asunción, and located on Route 6, some 280 km (175 miles) from Ciudad del Este. The Teniente Amin Ayub Gonzalez Airport, 12 kilometres from the city, is the third most important airport of the country. Because of the mild climate, the city is often referred to as the Pearl of the South. Near the town (28 km on the Ruta 6) are the former Jesuit missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangüe, which were collectively declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.   read more…

Theme Week Paraguay – Villarrica

July 25th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cordillera de Yvytyrusu © Ricardogomezize/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cordillera de Yvytyrusu © Ricardogomezize/cc-by-sa-4.0

Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, its formal name, is a city located in the middle of the Oriental Region of the Paraguayan territory, it is the capital of the Guairá Department. It was founded by the Spanish Captain Ruy Diaz de Melgarejo on May 14, 1570 in the old Guaira, today in Brazilian territory. Villarrica has many places that honor the Paraguayan culture, such as the monument to the memory of Manuel Ortiz Guerrero, honorary citizen of the city. About this city Bacón Duarte Prado (journalist and musician) wrote: Villarrica is the city of the eternal youth, born from the waters of the Ycuá Pytá and the breeze that comes from the hills.   read more…

Theme Week Paraguay – Concepción

July 24th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - Arcadiuš/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Arcadiuš/cc-by-2.0

Concepción is a city and district in northern Paraguay and capital of the Concepción Department. It lies next to the Paraguay River. Route 5 “Gral. Bernardino Caballero” connects the city with Pedro Juan Caballero and Asunción. The city is nicknamed La Perla del Norte (The Pearl of the North).   read more…

Theme Week Paraguay

July 23rd, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Asunción © Felipe Antonio/cc-by-sa-3.0

Asunción © Felipe Antonio/cc-by-sa-3.0

Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica (“Heart of South America”). As of 2016, Paraguay’s population was estimated to be at around 6.7 million, most of whom are concentrated in the southeast region of the country. The capital and largest city is Asunción, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly a third of Paraguay’s population. In contrast to most Latin American nations, Paraguay’s indigenous language and culture, Guaraní, remains highly influential. In each census, residents predominantly identify as mestizo, reflecting years of intermarriage among the different ethnic groups. Guaraní is recognized as an official language alongside Spanish, and both languages are widely spoken in the country.   read more…

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

July 6th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Jorge Morales Piderit

© Jorge Morales Piderit

Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, excluding its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide.   read more…

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