"CHACO FEVER!" Mariscal Estigarribia by pieter_jan_v

Mariscal Estigarribia Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 21 photos

Remnants of the soldiers
From the sky

This place used to be an open prison camp in the past. Prisoners that fled just died in the Chaco, either from lack of water or killed by animals. The surroundings of the village were made up by cactus trees of up to 5 meters and a lot of sand. The heart is made by the miltary with typical officer houses. The prisoners worked in a stone factory and constructed a theater and a zoo to name a few projects, In the 1980s a 4 km huge concrete runway was constructed. It was said that this is one of the backup landing facilities for the space shuttle (not confirmed). The area around the village is changed by rural development by Mennonites and cattleowners (who burned the bush down). In the 1990s asphaltation of the road to Asuncion was completed and the village now has a power line connection and a microwave link too. Next to the village there is a small settlement of original Indians.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Something to explore
  • Cons:All insects are bigger!
  • In a nutshell:In the middle of nowhere
  • Last visit to Mariscal Estigarribia: Jan 1997
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 7:52 AM

    that place looks totally like mt kinda place. i´m not afriad of biking in these areas. i´ll be biking the mexican outback in november by the way.


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