I searched for photos of the Paraguayan countryside, and I came upon this most unusual advertisement.  An aged farmer in Paraguay wants to sell his 28,247 acre cattle ranch affectionately known as "Estancia El Dorado."  The ranch is about 44 square miles, with one square mile equal to about 640 acres.
Sooner or later this ad will be taken offline after a buyer has been found, so here is the original ad:
Estancia El Dorado in Paraguay is for sale by owner
Estancia Eldorado is a 15 year old private farming property in Paraguay.
At first, a challenge set by a French Legendary Pilot to start a cattle farm, this Estancia continues today
to work it’s great potencial and has rightfully become one of the biggest farms in this region.
Unfortunately, it’s owner is now retiring and this property is for sale.
Estancia area details:
• Total surface: 11,436 hectares (28,247 Acres).
• Workable pasture area and potreros divisions:
– 32 parcs of 150 Has: 4,800 has.
– 19 parcs of 75 Has : 1,425 has.
– 01 parc of 55 Has : 55 has.
– 01 parc of 100 Has : 100 has.
Total : 6,380 has
NB: 400 of the 6,380 has of pasture are ready for agricultural activity. A further 3,000 need very little work and investment to reach this state.
  • Standard fencing, 1 post every 6m
with 4 smooth steel wires over 130Kilometers.
• Electrified fences: 1 post every 50 meters.et 1 fil de fer lisse: 20 kilometers.
• Gates for parc accesses:
There are 50 – 4m wide wooden gates on the property.
They are all made from quality solid wood.
NB : 100 % of fences are in perfect condition.
Water capacities and supply:
• 3 X 160m deep semi-artesian wells.
• 3 X 15m high, 35.000 l. capacity water towers.
• 7 X 35,000 l. water tanks.
• 10 X 13,000 l. water tanks.
• 20 km of 1.5 to 2 in. diameter high pressure pipes  Current Livestock count:
1,700- full adult cows.
400 cows under 16 months old.
700 -female calves
700 -male calves
52 -bulls
Total: 3.552 heads
For more information, please fill in this short form. Thank you
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez remplir ce court questionnaire. Merci!
Para recibir mas informaciones mándenos estas informaciones. ¡Gracias!
So, how much would you pay to own your very own cattle ranch?  Well, the ad doesn’t say, so I guessimated the price.  A 49-acre ranch for sale in Paraguay is now on the market for just 500,000 euros, or 10,204 euros per acre (http://www.viviun.com/Real_Estate/Paraguay/).  At the current exchange rate, the price would be $13,931 per acre.  Assuming that the price per acre doesn’t fluctuate significantly and not taking into account the cattle and other fixtures on the property, the purchase price of Estancia El Dorado would is about $393,508,957.  Realistically, though, you might be able to buy the ranch at a slight discount for $300-$350 million.  Or maybe the owner is desperate to sell and would settle for $250 million.  I don’t have that kind of money.  Do you?  One silver lining–$600,000 will buy you a 50 acre ranch in rural Paraguay.  Not a bad deal at all.  If you could make a living from it.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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