Gran Chaco Area

Overview

Introduction

The word chaco means "abundance of wildlife," and the Gran Chaco more than lives up to its name. Spotting conditions are ideal for nature lovers and anglers; comforts, however, are minimal if not nonexistent. Be forewarned that a trip to this region tends to have some rugged aspects—only adventurous travelers with a strong interest in fishing, photography and nature will enjoy it. The 248-mi/400-km Trans-Chaco Highway allows overland travel through the Chaco to Brazil. Take along plenty of insect repellent. If you're staying overnight, take along a mosquito net and a supply of water. And do be sure to look at the stars if you visit the Chaco: The glare of city lights does not exist there. 320 mi/515 km north of Asuncion.

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