I made it! I got to Filadelfia. It took 57 1/2 hours from Sucre with 12 relatively comfortable hours in Santa Cruz, with a hostal room, shower, etc., and 4 1/2 groggy hours in Asuncion bus station.
Anyway, at 2:30 this morning the third bus delivered me to Filadelfia´s main street, Avenida Hindenburg. I had seen the hotel´s illuminated sign a little way back up the street. You won´t be surprised to know that I was asleep minutes after checking in and didn´t wake up until well after breakfast was over.
The room was air conditioned, with private bathroom and one of those individually wrapped weeny bars of soap laid out on a fresh towel. This is luxury indeed and has cost me US$20, much the most expensive accommodation I have enjoyed in S. America. I have moved to a room "mas economico" for tonight, but I still have access to the swimming pool :-)
Today was gloriously lazy, soaking up the heat. And I didn´t spend a single minute sitting in a bus!
I don´t think I´m technically in the tropics here, but it is very warm and humid. I didn´t mention much how dry the Altiplano is. Since I descended to Sucre I haven´t used the lip balm. By the end of the week I will probably be complaining that it is too hot and too wet.
I´m using the hotel´s computer so I must be quick. I have found a guide to take me to the most remote and beautiful of the Chaco´s national parks. It´s a 3-day trip and costing about 3 weeks´ budget but what the hell? You can´t take it with you.