EncarnacionFebruary 9 in Paraguay ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C
Carnaval! Part 2. After the stage based carnival in Montevideo, Encarnación in Paraguay would be more of the Rio type Samba carnival that people expect. Unlike Brazil, where it takes place over 5 or so days here the carnival goes over 5 weekends. With the main event being in the purpose built Sambadrome.
Getting into Paraguay was the most straightforward border crossing imaginable. Just a local bus and simply hopping on and off at the two immigration points, no one even checked our luggage. The trouble was it had just been getting hotter and 38°C is not conducive to doing much. Luckily though there wasn't much to do here except go to the river beach.
We decided to go see some Jesuit ruins in a nearby town but we had a fairly arduous journey there. We were told that we didn't need to go to the bus station but could just wait on the street. So we found a suitable point and waited, and waited. Despite being told they were 'regular', no buses seemed to be going where we needed but eventually one was coming. So we put out our hands and it just drove past!
After more waiting and nothing, we decided to head on the long walk to the bus station. Just as we were close, we saw another one coming and thankfully it did stop for us. Now we were very hot and the bus was full, so we had to stand. With no air con or breeze in the aisle it all got too much for me and I was about to faint, so I had to sit on the floor. A kind man then gave me his seat and I could finally get a breeze on my face and recover. Not fun but at least it meant I got a seat for the rest of the journey!
Saturday night was carnival night! We paid just over a tenner for our ticket (bargain) and picked our spot in the stand. As well as selling drinks, the vendors were also selling this fake snow spray, a bit like silly string. They would sell a lot as people went crazy for the stuff and we got absolutely covered in it. Top tip, do not stand near children!
Despite being late it was still stiflingly hot - and we were just watching. By the time the dancers reached us they had been going for about 30 mins and had just performed a special routine for the judges, so were shattered but after a swig of water, they continued. I don't know how they kept it up.
Around 11, the weather dramatically changed though. Out of nowhere, the previously non-existent wind picked us, the temperature dropped and then it started to rain. A storm was coming. They carried on until 12:30 but then cut it short (it was due to finish at 2). We didn't mind though as they let everyone on to the parade floor to continue the party.
There were still a number of performers hanging around and there were far too many middle aged men getting their picture taken with the scantily clad performers. Kat, not to be left out, got her own photos with scantily clad males.Read more