Welcome to the Chaco
In the Chaco now. Have been around with Julio and Juan in the Chaco. Trans Chaco is rough and full of holes like Swiss Cheese so you need your time to reach the dusty location. Loma Plata is an important Mennonite Colony Town with around 9.000 people and lots of agrar business and industries like TRÉBOL, that just inaugurated a modern milk powder plant there. The city is located in the district of Boquerón, ca. 440 km northwest from Asu and was founded around 1927. More infos about this busy and prosperous city in the desert https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Loma_Plata
The empty shopping mall and the theatre
The reason to go the long way was not business. Julio is a teacher and invited me to come along with him to see his education project for the city of Loma Plata with young members from the Colegio Indígena Yalve Sanga. A project, that combines excercises of self – confidence and self – awareness with theatre performances and that has a really good resonance of talented and intelligent young creators that are motivated to show Chaco Power. The location is an abandoned shopping mall, that offers a good dramatic and stylish space for cultural projects.
If you follow https://www.dangerousroads.org/south-america/paraguay/5253-trans-chaco-highway.html, Trans – Chaco is one of the most famous roads in South – America and one of the worst roads either. Definitely not for people with no patience, a stop and go run around deep potholes for hundreds of km on an almost straight road. We needed 7 hours from Asu to Loma Plata. Although I enjoyed that ride very much, have been the first time around Chaco.
Chaco Sky Shapes
Go to Chaco