Theme Week Paraguay – Villarrica

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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.

Founded by the Spanish Ruy Diaz de Melgarejo, 350 km east from the Saltos del Guaira, on May 14, 1570, with the name Villa Rica del Espíritu Santo (Villa Rica of the Holy Spirit), finally settled in 1682 in the hills near the Ybytyruzu, part of the Caaguazú Cordillera, 180 m above ocean level. The city is located near the Ybyturuzú (Ecotourism in Paraguay), part of the Caaguazú mountain chain (Geography of Paraguay). The land is elevated, rough and wooded, appropriate for cultivate of sugar cane, trees for wood and cattle. The most important economical activities of the department are: the agriculture, breed of small animals, dairy products, the textile industry, commerce and services.

Museo Maestro Fermin López © Newdecmoi/cc-by-3.0 Villarrica Cathedral © Newdecmoi/cc-by-sa-3.0 Plaza de los Heroes © Cmasi/cc-by-sa-4.0 General Diaz Street © Cmasi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Curupayty Street © Cmasi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Teatro Municipal de Villarrica © Newdecmoi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Downtown Villarrica © Cmasi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Cordillera de Yvytyrusu © Ricardogomezize/cc-by-sa-4.0 Cordillera de Yvytyrusu © Ricardogomezize/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Teatro Municipal de Villarrica © Newdecmoi/cc-by-sa-4.0
Villarrica is considered by many as the second most important city, from the point of view of culture. Among the different social, recreational and cultural institutions, the next can be mentioned: “Club Porvenir Guaireño“, “El Centro Español”, “El Club de Leones” (Lions Club), “Instituto de Cultura Hispánica” (Hispanic Culture Institute), “Teatro Municipal” (Municipal Theatre), “Orquesta de Cámara” (Camara Orchestra), “Escuela Municipal de Danza” (Dance School), “Asociación de Productores de Caña de Azúcar” (Sugar Cane Producers Association), “Liga Guaireña de Fútbol” (Guaira Soccer League) and “Liga Guaireña de Basquetbol” (Guaira Basketball League). Among the traditions of European origins, many they keep, many religious festivities, such as the Crucifix day, also horse races, cockfights, bullfights and many of dances and typical way of dressing.

One of the most visited places is the Manuel Ortiz Guerrero Park (named this way in 1936, before it was called Ycua Pyta). The park is located in the north of the city, between the neighborhoods of Ybaroty and San Miguel. Other centers of culture include the “Maestro Fermín López” Municipal Library and Museum, housing personal belongings of Fermín López and Natalicio Talavera; arms and ammunitions from the Chaco War, a collection of Paraguayan coins and bills, as well as other artifacts: native arrows, axes and bows, old furniture, machines, paintings, photographs and pieces of religious art.

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