The city of Paraná is also the distribution point for goods which flow through this city including lumber, cattle, seafood and cereals. Examples of industrial manufacturing found here are furniture, pottery and cement.
The airport, named the General Justo Jose de Urquiza Airport after Parana’s former leader is almost 8 kilometres from the city. Regular flights to Buenos Aires service this airport. You can hire a car in Parana to enjoy the many delights in and around Parana. Populated by approximately a quarter of a million, the city is a diverse mixture of architectural styles reflecting its European and colonial influences as well as the more contemporary modern skyscrapers. The city’s Cathedral shows different periods of building while you may see the European design in the Government House. In the city, visit other landmarks like the Town Hall, the Post Office, the Civic Centre, the 3 de Febrero Museum and Costanera Avenue.
Running almost 4,900 kilometres, the Parana River is only second in length to the Amazon among rivers in South America. The river, together with its tributaries, has a watershed covering parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Parana itself is a contraction of the Tupi phrase meaning “as big as the sea”. This river joins the Paraguay and then the Uruguay River before entering the Atlantic Ocean. The clerical authorities in Buenos Aires recognized the Parana chapel officially as a parish church on 23rd October, 1730, so this date is now used as the founding date of Parana. In 1822, it was named as the centre of government of the present province. From 1854 to 1861, it grew rapidly under the rule of Justo Jose de Urquiza when it became the capital of the Argentine Confederation. It became the provincial capital again in 1883.
The city of Santa Fe, which is the capital of the Santa Fe Province, lies opposite Parana. The two cities are connected by the Hernandarias Sub fluvial Tunnel which was completed in 1969. Parana actually grew from an overflow of Santa Fe residents during the 16th Century who formed a satellite town on the opposite banks of the Parana River. Hence, this new settlement became known as Baxada del Paraná ("Ford of the Paraná") or de la otra Banda del Paraná ("from the other side of the Paraná").
Get a car rental in Parana to visit the surrounding natural landscapes. Much of the river is navigable and offers a host of water sports like swimming, water skiing, windsurfing and motorboat tours. Fishing which is an important both as sustenance and commerce, offers visitors great sport fishing opportunities. There are many types of car for rent in Parana that you can make use of to have a more enjoyable holiday. The car hire companies also offer great discount, comfortable cars and a good navigation system so that you will not get lost. Drive to Urquiza Park, with its natural beauty which includes waterfalls, ravines and springs. Picturesque villages nearby include Piedras Blancas, Hernandarias, Diamante and Urquiza. At the start of the Twentieth Century, many Germans resettled in this region so you will notice buildings similar to those found on the European Volga River. Excursions may include activities like hiking, biking, horse riding or fourtrax (ATV quad biking). Parana has many scenic landscapes, thrills and adventures just waiting for you!
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