Welcome to Caazapá, a charming city in southern Paraguay with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. Founded in 1607 by Friar Luis de Bolaños, Caazapá is the capital of the Caazapá Department and is located in the Caazapá District. The name Caazapá comes from the Guarani words Kaaguy jehasapa, which means ‘after the forest,’ as the natives believed that after the forest God, with the attendance of Friar Luis de Bolaños, made water spring from the Earth.
One of the main attractions in Caazapá is the Barrio San Roque, which includes the original Chapel built by Franciscans during the famous Jesuit reductions of Paraguay. The Franciscan Reduction at Caazapá was an important event in Paraguayan cultural heritage. In addition to the Barrio San Roque, there are four other neighborhoods in the city: Barrio San Pablo, Barrio Santa Teresita, Barrio San Blás, and Barrio San Antonio.
Nature lovers will also find plenty to explore in Caazapá. The city is surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills, making it the perfect place for hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the outdoors. The Parque Nacional Ybycuí, located just a short drive from Caazapá, is a must-visit for anyone interested in experiencing the natural beauty of Paraguay. The park covers over 8000 hectares and features waterfalls, streams, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
For those interested in history, the Museo Diocesano y Parroquial de Caazapá is a must-visit. The museum is housed in a beautiful colonial-era building and features exhibits on the history of the city and the region. Another popular attraction is the Catedral de San Juan Bautista, a stunning neo-gothic cathedral that dominates the city’s skyline.
Finally, no visit to Caazapá would be complete without sampling the local cuisine. The city is known for its delicious empanadas, which are made with a variety of fillings including beef, chicken, cheese, and vegetables. Other local specialties include chipa guasu (a corn-based dish), sopa paraguaya (a type of cornbread), and mbeju (a type of pancake made with cassava flour).
Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or just relaxing and enjoying the local cuisine, Caazapá has something to offer everyone. So why not book your trip today and discover the magic of this hidden gem in southern Paraguay?