Noisy, colourful and raw, the Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is probably the most known for its samba schools and its thousands of visitors. But what many do not realise is that all of South America is adorned with their finest colours under the sound of drums throughout the carnival month of February. Being considered a great social liberation in South America, carnival is specific to each country, region and city. Hundreds of festivals across the continent show culture and personality through vibrant and powerful music as well as costumes that are more or less showing off, making this festivity an excellent time to discover new cultures.
Encarnacion is situated in the south of Paraguay on the border with Argentina, opposite the Argentine town of Posadas. The two towns face each other on either side of the large river Parana and are linked by a 2.5 km bridge called San Roque Gonzales de Santa Cruz. This is how we entered the country, with a city bus linking the 2 cities/countries.
Rio knows how to do Carnival the best, but the small town of Encarnacion, Paraguay, has nothing to envy. According to the locals, the carnival of Encarnacion is much noisier and offers more skin than Rio… according to us it is also much more affordable and less touristy. (Scroll down to watch our VIDEO !!)