Alto Paraguay Department

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Alto Paraguay Department
Bolivien Argentinien Uruguay Brasilien Alto Paraguay Boquerón Presidente Hayes Concepción Amambay San Pedro Canindeyú Cordillera Asunción Central Ñeembucú Misiones Caaguazú Guairá Alto Paraná Paraguarí Caazapá Itapúalocation
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Basic data
Country Paraguay
Capital Fuerte Olimpo
surface 82,355 km²
Residents 17,500 (2018)
density 0.2 inhabitants per km²
founding 1992
ISO 3166-2 PY-16
Cowboy in the Chaco of Alto Paraguay
Cowboy in the Chaco of Alto Paraguay

Coordinates: 21 ° 2 ′  S , 57 ° 52 ′  W

Alto Paraguay ( Guaraní : Alto Paraguái ) is one of a total of 17 departments in Paraguay . In the east, the Río Paraguay forms the border with Brazil , in the north it borders on Bolivia , in the west on the Department of Boquerón , in the south on the Department of Presidente Hayes and in the southeast on the Department of Concepción . In terms of area, it is the second largest department in the country, but with 17,500 inhabitants it is the poorest in population.


Today's Alto Paraguay was created in 1992 from the merger of the old Chaco and Alto Paraguay departments ; it corresponds to the Olimpo administrative district, which existed until 1945 .


Livestock makes up 90% of the department's economy and continues to grow. The low land price and the rising world market prices for meat are leading to ever greater investments by domestic and foreign investors in this branch. From 2005 to 2015, the number of animals rose from 750,000 to over 1,750,000. At the same time, large parts of the forest were cut down to create grazing land. With a few exceptions, agriculture is non-existent. The fruit and vegetables are delivered from other parts of the country. One problem is the lack of road infrastructure due to the low population density. For example, there are no bridges over the Río Paraguay to the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso .


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Web links

Commons : Alto Paraguay  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population statistics (PDF) , p. 37.
  2. La economía de Alto Paraguay y el déficit de infraestructuras , January 10, 2016, accessed on October 4, 2018.
  3. Datos importantes , accessed on November 4, 2018.