This city, famous for its chipa (a hard corn-and-cheese bread), is where many visitors stay while visiting the ruined Jesuit missions to the north in Jesus and Trinidad. Although ruins of Jesuit settlements can be found in several eastern sections of the country, the ones there are being restored and are the most frequently visited. Comfortable, reliable air-conditioned buses leave Asuncion hourly for the six-hour trip to Encarnacion. You can take an interesting excursion across the river to Posades, Argentina—the contrast between the economic situation of the two countries is striking. 175 mi/280 km southeast of Asuncion.

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