Parque Nacional Cerro Corá
Parque Nacional Cerro Corá information
This national park is now etched onto the map as one of Paraguay's treasures. Established in 1990 to combat rapidly increasing deforestation - a result of the demand for agricultural land - it protects an area of dry tropical forest and natural savanna within steep, isolated hills. It also has some interesting pre-Colombian caves and petroglyphs to ogle.
The park's nature trails head to rivers, waterfalls and a small natural mirador (viewpoint), Cerro Muralia (325m/1066ft). Rare birds and a zoo worth of animals - including tortoises, armadillos and monkeys - can be spotted (rumor has it that there's even a jaguar, but this is based on footprints only). There's a camping area (slather on the insect repellent) and a small visitors' center-museum with animal displays and maps. Behind this building there is a comfortable cabin with all the mod cons where guests can bunk for a small donation.