PARAGUAY TRAVEL GUIDE
Nestled away in the heart of South America, Paraguay is a country full of natural wonders, tranquil living and friendly people. The country is completely landlocked and shares borders with Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. The Rio Paraguay divides the land into two. The capital, Asunción, on the banks of the Paraguay River, is home to the grand Government Palace and the Museo del Barro.
The country is very wealthy in natural resources despite its small size, but unfortunately, it has endured decades of political instability, leading it to be one of the poorest and least developed countries in South America. Things have improved considerably and the country is now geared up for tourist visits.
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PARAGUAY QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Asunción
- Currency: Guarani (PYG)
- Area: 406,752 km²
- Population: 6,956 million (2018)
- Language: Spanish, Guarani
- Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, Mennonite, and other Protestant
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
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PARAGUAY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 6 January, Three Kings Day
- 1 March, Heroes Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 14 May, Flag Day
- 15 May, Independence Day
- 12 June, Chaco Armistice
- 15 August, Founding of Asunción
- 29 September, Boqueron Battle Day
- 8 December, Immaculate Conception
FESTIVALS IN PARAGUAY
PARAGUAY WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Paraguay experiences a subtropical to temperate climate with southern hemispheric seasons characterised by wet summers between December and January and dry winters from June through August. The mean annual temperature is 23.5°C with geographical variation between the warmer western regions and cooler eastern regions of the country. The historical average precipitation is 1,087.1mm concentrated in the south-eastern regions. The Paraguayan Chaco in the North and western regions is 25% of the Gran South American Chaco, considered the second largest forest ecosystem in the continent. The Eastern regions are home to humid forests of Bosque Atlántico del Paraná, pasture land, savannas and dry forests in Cerrados, and grassland and wetlands of Pastizales de la Mesopotamia near the Argentinean border. El Niño Southern Oscillation influences inter-annual weather patterns in the country. El Niño years are associated with anomalous precipitation in mid spring and autumn and humid summers that are particularly pronounced in the east and lower Chaco. Paraguay also experiences occasional heat waves in the summer, frosts in the winter, and flooding events associated with El Niño.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN PARAGUAY
You can enjoy outdoor activities in Paraguay all year round, although May to September are slightly more moderate temperature wise and also have less chance of the odd rain shower.
HEALTH RISKS IN PARAGUAY
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.