Puerto Suárez, on the shore of Laguna Cáceres, a large backwater of the Río Paraguay, was an important commercial port at the beginning of the 20th century, until a dam built by Brazil upriver reduced the water level of the lake and put an end to shipping and the town’s prosperity. Today, it’s a friendly and quiet little town with a shady main plaza. There is a good view of the lake from the park at the north end of Avenida Bolívar. The area around the train station is known as Paradero, the market area is reported unsafe and unpleasant.
Unfortunately, the planned construction of a large steel mill at nearby Cerro Mutún threatens to bring both ecological damage and rapid social change . As they grow, Puerto Suárez, Quijarro and Arroyo Concepcíon (the border post with Brazil) are gradually merging with each other.
Centro Ecológico El Tumbador. They offer accommodation, tours ranging from half a day to two days in the vicinity of Laguna Cáceres and the Río Paraguay, as well as volunteer opportunities. Contact them in advance for details and arrangements.
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