Parque Nacional Teniente Agripino Enciso, Paraguay
After a night of roadside camping and the sun rising over my shoulder, I rode back down the dirt road retracing my tracks.
I made it back to the main road. I found the intersection where I had turned... and the sign for Parque Agripino Encino. And, I even found the park.
It appears that the sign was placed to mark the turn into the park. However, the entrance was 80 meters straight and then to the right. I thought to myself... why would they place the sign right before the dirt road... it was a mystery to me. When I arrived at the park I asked the park ranger this very question. He said that a number of people make the same mistake and turn right at the road. I asked why they do not move the sign to the other side of the intersection... it would solve the problem. He just shrugged his shoulders.
Happy that I had finally reached the park and officially in El Chaco, I went for a walk around the area.
What I discovered was that El Chaco does not have a lot of striking scenery like the Andes or extreme scenery like the Patagonia or wildlife like the Amazon.
But, there was a lot of very subtle elements to the area that made me pause. I had to look closely.
I would not call this beautiful, but interesting.
Cacti were common.
And uncommonly unique in their own way.
Some little things that I have never seen before.
Like this crazy tree with a thousand spikes up its trunk.
Like this tree with bark like curly locks.
And a birds nest made of thistles and thorns amongst the arms of a cactus.
Ahhhh... El Chaco...Paraguay.