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Villa Paranacito

Villa Paranacito is set deep in the southeast corner of the Entre Rios region of Argentina. It serves as the administrative center to the collection of Ibicuy islands. European colonists, mainly from central and Eastern Europe, founded the village on May 25, 1906. Originally reachable only by boat, Villa Paranacito built roads in 1937 and added electricity in 1971. Today, the small town combines rustic surroundings with modern technology. Although Villa Paranacito now offers yacht tours, water skiing and commercial fishing, it still maintains its culture of Argentine traditions and simple living. What began as an isolated fishing village has slowly evolved into an attractive tourist destination for the off-the-beaten-path traveler.


Due to its world class fishing location, the commercial catch prevails as the city’s primary attraction as well as the economic livelihood. Wranglers of all types will find ample opportunity to cast their line in the water surrounding Villa Paranacito. The fishing culture has strongly permeated the local tradition; many festivities revolve around the formidable practice.


If fishing is not for you, Villa Paranacito offers plenty more to see and do. Sandy beaches, dense forests and winding rivers provide a great environment for kayaking, trekking, bird watching, horseback riding or simply relaxing. Tour operators and rental agencies allow you to take advantage of the area by providing activities that include speeding down the river in a pontoon or playing beach volleyball. Photo safaris and aerial tours of the island are also popular activities.


There is satisfactory lodging throughout the island. Options range in degree of accommodation ranging from beach tents to fully furnished rental homes. The combination of a diverse population and fresh seafood makes for incredible dining experiences. The town’s pride in traditional culture and plentiful adventure opportunities creates a best of both worlds’ scenario in Villa Paranacito.


Telephone code: 54 3446. Altitude: 16 feet. Population: 4000

Other neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: Near Buenos Aires, Centro, Caballito, Barracas, Belgrano, Northern Suburbs: Vincente Lopez, Olivos, San Isidro, Palermo, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Villa Crespo and Puerto Madero.

18 May 2009

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