Where the Paraguay and ParanÃ¡ Rivers meet, you'll find Isla del Cerrito. Once a leper colony and Chaco Territory's first capital, this island is now a provincial reserve with ample opportunities for observing flora and fauna. Birdwatching is especially rewarding. The big draw of the island, though, is its fishing, culminating in the catch-and-release International Dorado Fishing Tournament, held every July.
The historical center, atop a 20-meter (66-ft) high knoll in the center of the island, was the colony itself. Now there are several lodging choices, from camping and hostels to a luxury resort. The Museo HistÃ³rico, focusing on the War of the Triple Alliance, is also here (Tuesday â€“ Sunday 8 a.m. â€“ noon, 4 â€“ 8 p.m. Tel: 03722-49-6230. Entry: Free). Other ways to while away the time on Isla del Cerrito are horseback riding, swimming at the municipal pool and traversing the island on bicycle.
57 kilometers / 35 miles north of Resistencia
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From Resistencia, take Ruta Nacional 16 east. Just before Puente General Belgrano over the RÃo ParanÃ¡, turn left onto Ruta Provincial 63. Public tramsportation: Viaje y Turismo (Monday â€“ Friday 11:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m., return 5:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.; Satur
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The island also has several simple restaurants. The city's Oficina de Turismo keeps a list of fishing and tourist guides.
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Stroll through Resistencia's open-air sculpture "museum," or check out its indoor galleries. In that city, hang out in Parque 2 de Febrero, or take in a concert or movie.
Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...