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Departamento de Misiones
Santiago church, Misiones
Santiago church, Misiones
Flag of Misiones department
Coat of arms of Misiones department
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Misiones in Paraguay
Location of Misiones, in red, in Paraguay
Country  Paraguay
Region Oriental
Department 1906
Renamed 1945
 • Total 9,556 km2 (3,690 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 119,719
 • Density 12.5281/km2 (32.4478/sq mi)
Time zone AST (UTC-04)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-03)
ISO 3166 code PY-08

Misiones (Spanish: Departamento de Misiones) is a department in Paraguay. The capital is the city of San Juan Bautista. Its ISO 3166-2 code is PY-08.

Its present name was given to the province because it was a region where there were several Jesuit missions.


The town of Yabebyry was established in 1790, and later, the towns of San Miguel and San Juan Bautista were founded. In 1906, the Misiones department was created in 1906 as the San Ignacio department with 8 districts: San Ignacio, Santa Rosa, Santa María, Santiago, San Juan Bautista, San Miguel, Ayolas and Florida. When the department was renamed as Misiones in 1945, its capital was moved from San Ignacio to San Juan Bautista.


The Misiones department is in the south of the Oriental region. It has an area of 9,556 km2 (3,690 sq mi), 2.35% of the area of Paraguay. Its estimated population in 2013 is 119,719 for a population density of 12.5 inhabitants/km2.

Misiones department is relatively flat and several rivers and streams flow through its territory. The northern and southern borders of the department are formed by, respectively, the Tebicuary and the Paraná rivers.



As of 2012, the total amount of precipitation for the year 2012 in the city of San Juan Bautista was 1,405.9 mm (55.4 in). The month with the most precipitation was April with 318.4 mm (12.5 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation was June with 29.3 mm (1.2 in).

The average temperature for the year 2012 in San Juan Bautista was 22.3 °C (72.1 °F). The warmest month, on average, was February with an average temperature of 28.4 °C (83.1 °F). The coolest month on average is July, with an average temperature of 14.6 °C (58.3 °F).


The department is divided in 22 districts:

Districts of the Caaguazú department
No. Districts Area
1 Ayolas &&&&&&&&&&&&0720.710000720.71 &&&&&&&&&&017979.&&&&&017,979 24.9
2 San Ignacio &&&&&&&&&&&01550.4700001,550.47 &&&&&&&&&&032792.&&&&&032,792 21.1
3 San Juan Bautista &&&&&&&&&&&02187.&700002,187.07 &&&&&&&&&&021759.&&&&&021,759 9.9
4 San Miguel &&&&&&&&&&&&0552.740000552.74 &&&&&&&&&&&05835.&&&&&05,835 10.6
5 San Patricio &&&&&&&&&&&&0170.840000170.84 &&&&&&&&&&&03720.&&&&&03,720 21.8
6 Santa María &&&&&&&&&&&&0457.800000457.80 &&&&&&&&&&&08594.&&&&&08,594 18.8
7 Santa Rosa &&&&&&&&&&&&0724.700000724.70 &&&&&&&&&&018372.&&&&&018,372 25.4
8 Santiago &&&&&&&&&&&&0762.&40000762.04 &&&&&&&&&&&06642.&&&&&06,642 8.7
9 Villa Florida &&&&&&&&&&&&0278.750000278.75 &&&&&&&&&&&03370.&&&&&03,370 12.1
10 Yabebyry &&&&&&&&&&&&0596.660000596.66 &&&&&&&&&&&02752.&&&&&02,752 4.6


The basic economical activity of this department is cattle raising. As for agriculture, the fields are mainly in the north and center of the department.


Villa Florida

Its main attractions are the beaches formed by the rivers Paraná and Tebicuary. Villa Florida is a city which offers landscapes to its visitors.

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