Filadelfia Mennonite Colonies




Filadelfia is the capital of Boquerón Department in the Gran Chaco of western Paraguay. It is the centre of the Fernheim Colony. It is about a 5 hour drive from the capital of Asunción.


the museum telling the story of the
German Mennonite immigrants

Filadelfia was founded in 1930 by Russian Mennonites who fled from the Soviet Union. Filadelfia lay near the front of the Chaco War, but was little affected. It became divided in the Second World War, with some of the originally German colonists supporting the Nazis and later being expelled.

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Today the town is home to a museum, a library, a radio station and a hospital. The colony's villages lie around Filadelfia, as do several native reserves, home to much of the area's native population, from the Chulupí, Lengua, Toba-Pilaga, Sanapaná and Ayoreo groups. A modern supermarket is located in the centre of the town, which is the last place to get groceries before heading farther out into the Chaco. Most of the town's potable water supply is drawn from underground cisterns, being replenished by intermittent rainfall; the underground water is too salty to drink.


wide streets in Fernheim



The newly asphalted highway from Asunción continues past Filadelfia for another 70 km (40 mi) and runs out at the military checkpoint Mariscal Estigarribia. From this point onwards, the road to the border town fort General Eugenio A. Garay with Bolivia is almost impassable.

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but only paved in town


at the corner of Hindenburg Avenue


Coop store








Mennonite woman at the checkout counter


many use motorcycles



or walk


Mennonite owned Agribusiness




milk processing





milk products



for holding water



wind pumping water into storage pool


moving water



town dwelling






early German style dwelling








generated their own electricity until connected to national grid



Loma Plata airport




Colonial Museum


the hotel in Filadelphia


craft store



local hand made items






tree stump puller to clear the land for agriculture


first locomotive


on the move


truck stirring up the dust


Paraguayan lacework



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