This weekend the first expedition of the 11th edition of the environmental contest, Colossi of the Earth, took place. They went almost 1,000 kilometers through three departments to pure emotion and adventure looking for the largest tree in Paraguay.
Source: By Juan Riveros
By: John Riveros
The first expedition of the three planned, left last Friday with a delegation of more than 50 people, including members of the NGO A Todo Pulmón, environmentalists, representatives of brands that support the contest, press workers and influencers.
The first stop was an unknown quantity for the invited expeditionists. The delegation landed in the Caazapá National Park to visit two huge specimens of Yvyra Pytã, both finalist trees were discovered and registered by the park rangers themselves.
In this sense, Laura Ayala, one of the park rangers, gave her testimony and said that her greatest satisfaction is caring for the forests, thinking of future generations, such as those of her son who was present at the time of the expeditionists’ visit. .
The second stop did not move from the department of Caazapá, but it was in the town of Maciel. Two leafy trees of the Timbó species were waiting there, nominated by the Reljuv SA company, which develops the El Paraíso Verde real estate venture, in addition to tasks related to reforestation and the commercialization of medicinal plants.
There was a moment full of emotion, when a poster was seen hanging from one of the trees with the phrase “Plant a tree, write a book and have a child”, popularized by Don Humberto Rubin, creator of the NGO A Todo Pulmón .
Already on the second day of the expedition, the turn was from the department of Itapúa, specifically in the towns of Bella Vista and Obligado, where two Tajy trees were waiting, with really exciting family stories and with the commitment to transmit the value of nature of generation to generation. One of them was even declared of tourist interest for the community.
This first expedition ended in the town of San Patricio, department of Misiones. The activity was marked by artistic and gastronomic samples, as characterizes said city. The emotion increased when discovering a copy of Timbó, considered a relic for all the inhabitants, who are in charge of preserving it.
There are still two weekends of expeditions left, through other areas of the country and with more colossi finalists to visit. The winners of all the categories of the contest will be announced at the end of September.
It should be remembered that the Colossi of the Earth contest is an initiative carried out annually, which seeks to provide a valuable and important contribution to make visible the importance of preserving our forests, and this year with a slogan as important as “Let nature surprise you”.