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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 with the Rio Paraguay dividing 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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  • 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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BEST TIME TO VISIT PARAGUAY

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 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.

 

  • February - Carnaval season in full swing in Encarnación.
  • June - A great opportunity to try traditional foods during the Fiesta de San Juan.
  • December - Thousands descend on Caacupé for the Día del Virgen celebrations.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR PARAGUAY

TO/FROM ASUNCIÓN AIRPORT

Buses displaying ‘Aeropuerto’ signs head out along Av Aviadores del Chaco between the airport and the center (< US$ 0.50). Airport taxis are expensive (from US$ 15 to the center), but if you flag one down on the road outside it’s half the price.

 

BUSES IN ASUNCIÓN

Noisy, bone-rattling city buses (< US$ 0.50) go almost everywhere, but few run after 10pm. Air-conditioned services are more expensive and less frequent ( US$ 0.60). Nearly all city buses start their route at the western end of Oliva and post their destinations in the front window.

 

BEYOND ASUNCIÓN

Buses dominate transportation, offering reasonable fares and usually efficient service. Journeys between Paraguayan cities typically take less than eight hours, depending on the start and end points. Bus quality varies from luxury services with TV, air-conditioning and comfortable reclining seats to bumpy sardine cans with windows that don’t open and aisles crammed with people picked up along the way. Typically you get what you pay for – the best services are only slightly more expensive, so there’s no need to scrimp. Larger towns have central terminals with separate offices for each company. You can expect to be approached by touts shouting potential destinations at you.

 

You can travel by boat up the Río Paraguay to Concepción and Bahía Negra. You will need to hire a local boatman if you plan on exploring the Pantanal region. Costs can be high.

 

It is not cheap to rent a car in Paraguay, but it can be worth it if there are a few of you travelling together. Flexibility is your main advantage, although buses go most places accessible to an ordinary car. Anywhere away from the main rutas and you’ll need a 4WD which will be upwards of US$ 100 per day.

 

In Asunción, taxi fares are metered; don’t get in the taxi if it’s not. In other cities they often are not metered, but no trip within city limits should cost more than US$7.50 in Ciudad del Este and US$6 elsewhere (usually less). Drivers in Asunción legally levy a 30% recargo (surcharge) between 10pm and 5am, and on Sunday and holidays.

 

At the time of writing Uber is available in Asuncion and Encarnacion.


REGIONS & HIGHLIGHTS OF PARAGUAY

  • Carnaval - Party until well after dawn in hedonistic Encarnación.
  • The Chaco - Watch a jaguar laze in the shade and sleep under billions of stars.
  • Pilar - Make a difference by volunteering on scientific and social projects in the quaint, colonial City of Birds.
  • Parque Nacional San Rafael - Spot some birds in Paraguay’s most biodiverse reserve.
  • Jesuit Missions - Explore the picturesque remnants of a unique culture.
  • Itaipú Dam - Marvel at this incredible piece of engineering.
  • The Pantanal Paraguayo - Spend some time watching animals in Paraguay’s corner of this wet wilderness.
  • Yaguarón - Admire the ornate interior of the Franciscan church.

 

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Start your visit with a historical tour of Asunción, take day trips to Yaguarón (for the Franciscan church), Caacupé (for the basilica) and San Bernardino (to mingle with high society). From Asunción, head east to the jungle lodge at Mbaracayú Biosphere Reserve. Back in civilization at Ciudad del Este you will find good shopping, or visit the awe-inspiring Itaipú Dam nearby. It’s only a short day trip to the breath-taking Salto del Monday - you might still have time to nip across the border to Brazil and Argentina to compare it with Iguazú Falls. A night in the forest at Hotel Tirol will prepare you for another few days’ bird-watching in the wilderness at Parque Nacional San Rafael. After all this moving around, you’ll be glad to relax on the Paraná river beach and enjoy the top-class restaurants in trendy Encarnación. This is also a great base for visiting the nearby Jesuit missions of Trinidad and Jesús. When you’re ready for a change of scene, cross the international bridge to Posadas, Argentina.

 

ASUNCIÓN & SURROUNDS

At its heart, Asunción is beautiful and simple, with a sprinkling of original colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Probe a little deeper, however, and you’ll see another side: smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs. Despite the heavy traffic and diesel fumes in the historic center, this is one of South America’s greener and more likable capitals, and it doesn’t take long to get oriented.

 

Prepare yourself for a taste of rural and historical Paraguay in the lazy villages that surround the capital. Though there is no set route or defined itinerary for visiting them, the historic satellite towns around Asunción are dubbed the Circuito de Oro or Circuito Central by the tourist industry. This series of communities is dominated by colonial buildings and observes long siestas, disturbed only by occasional ox- or horse-drawn carts clacking up dusty streets.

 

SOUTHERN PARAGUAY

Paraguay’s southernmost region, east of the Río Paraguay, is home to some of the country’s most important historical sites. The Jesuit ruins, national parks and the frenzy of Carnaval make it an eclectic and fascinating area to visit. On the way from Asunción to Encarnación you’ll pass through the town of Coronel Bogado. Known as the ‘Capital de Chipa’ (chipa is a bread made of manioc flour, eggs and cheese), Coronel Bogado is the best place to sample this national obsession. There’s no need to get off the bus; the vendors will come to you.

 

With its new beach, sparkling coastal promenade and wildly energetic Carnaval, Paraguay’s ‘Pearl of the South’ is billing itself as the local answer to Rio de Janeiro. Though that might be a bit ambitious, there is no doubt that Encarnación’s unique take on Carnaval is a whole lot of fun, where the crowd dances as much as the participants, spray snow fills the hot summer air and the party goes on well into the early hours of the morning. Encarnación is also a great base for exploring the south of the country. Though the Jesuit Missions are the headline grabbers, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy in the surroundings.

 

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EASTERN PARAGUAY

This area was once the domain of ancient, impenetrable forests teeming with wildlife. The building of the world’s second-largest dam, Itaipú, changed all that, flooding huge areas of pristine forest and swallowing up a set of waterfalls comparable to those at Iguazú. The dam brought development to the region, leading to the founding of the city of Ciudad del Este, and an influx of farmers bent on turning what was left of the ancient forests into soy fields.

 

Ciudad del Este, near the busy Brazilian border is chaotic and it can be a massive shock if it’s your first experience of Paraguay, but rest assured there is nowhere else in the country quite like this. Give Ciudad del Este a chance and you’ll find the rest of it is surprisingly pleasant, with some interesting attractions nearby.

 

NORTHERN PARAGUAY

Northern Paraguay is off the radar for most travellers, but the colonial city of Concepción is the best place to catch a boat heading north along the Río Paraguay. Natural wonders abound in this remote area, and the road east from Pozo Colorado to Concepción is famed for its abundance of wildlife. Sadly it’s not cheap to stay in Concepción and you may be a little disappointed at what you get for your money. North of Concepción, the Río Paraguay wends its way slowly to the Pantanal Paraguayo. Unlike in the Brazilian Pantanal, you probably won’t see another tourist here, and except for your boat mates your main companions will be the wildlife.

 

THE CHACO

The vast plain of the Chaco remains a great place to see wildlife. It's roughly divided into the flooded palm savannas of the Humid Chaco (the first 350km west of Asunción) and the spiny forests of the Dry Chaco (the rest) – encompassing the entire western half of Paraguay and stretching into Argentina and Bolivia.

 

Bisected by the Ruta Trans-Chaco, this area is an animal-lover’s paradise, with flocks of water birds and birds of prey abounding, easily spotted along the roadside. Although the Chaco accounts for more than 60% of Paraguayan territory, less than 3% of the population lives here. Historically it was a refuge for indigenous hunter-gatherer communities; today the most obvious settlements are the Mennonite communities of the Central Chaco. There is only one way into the Chaco and that is via the long, straight Trans-Chaco highway. Buses to the Mennonite towns of Loma Plata and Filadelfia leave from Asunción (8 hours) and Concepción (6 hours).

WHAT TO EAT IN PARAGUAY

Beef here is succulent, abundant and easily rivals that of Argentina. The best cuts are tapa de cuadril (rump steak) and corte americano (T-bone), though the most common (and cheapest) are fatty vacío (flank) and chewy-but-flavoursome costillas (ribs). Grains, particularly maize, are common ingredients in traditional foods, while mandioca (manioc) is the standard accompaniment for every meal. Chipa (a type of bread made with manioc flour, eggs and cheese) is sold everywhere but is best in the southern town of Coronel Bogado. Empanadas are great wherever you buy them. It can be hard to find typical dishes in restaurants: locals tend to eat them only at home where recipes are passed from generation to generation.

 

Paraguayans consume massive quantities of yerba maté (a type of tea), most commonly as refreshing ice-cold tereré (iced maté) and generously spiked with yuyos (medicinal herbs). The national obsession can be bought in any general store, but you will need to get your guampa (gourd) and bombilla (drinking straw) first. There are countless brands and brews of yerba available in the supermarket, and the most refreshing for tereré are those flavored with mint or citrus.

 

DON'T MISS:

  • Asado - Grilled meats are the focal point of every social event.
  • Chipa - Cheese bread made with manioc flour.
  • Chipa guasú - Hot maize pudding with cheese and onion.
  • Sopa paraguaya - Cornbread with cheese and onion.
  • Tereré - Iced yerba maté tea, drunk ubiquitously and constantly.
  • Vori-vori - Chicken soup with cornmeal balls.

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WHERE TO STAY IN PARAGUAY

When visiting Paraguay for the first time, there are several key areas to consider for your stay, each offering its own unique experiences and attractions. Here are some top areas to stay in Paraguay, along with specific accommodation suggestions for different budget ranges:


Where To Stay In Asunción:

Asunción is the capital and largest city of Paraguay, offering a blend of historic architecture, cultural attractions, and modern amenities.

Budget Accommodation:

  • Urbanian Hostel: Located in the city center, this budget-friendly hostel offers dormitory beds and private rooms, a communal kitchen, and a rooftop terrace with views of the city.

  • Hotel Westfalenhaus: Situated near the historic center, this budget hotel features simple rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a central location close to attractions.

Mid-Range Accommodation:

  • La Mision Hotel Boutique: A mid-range hotel located in the historic center, offering comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant serving Paraguayan and international cuisine.

  • Hotel Guarani Asuncion: Situated near the financial district, this mid-range hotel features modern rooms, a swimming pool, fitness center, and multiple dining options.

Luxury Accommodation:

  • Granados Park Hotel: A luxury hotel offering luxurious rooms, a swimming pool, spa, and multiple dining options including a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city.

  • Sheraton Asuncion Hotel: Situated in the upscale Villa Morra neighborhood, this luxury hotel features elegant rooms, a swimming pool, spa, and several dining options.


Where To Stay In Encarnación:

Encarnación is a city located in southern Paraguay, known for its riverfront promenade, beaches, and lively atmosphere.

Budget Accommodation:

  • Hotel Puesta del Sol: Located near the city center, this budget-friendly hotel offers simple rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a central location close to the riverfront.

  • Hotel Del Sur: Situated near the bus terminal, this budget hotel features basic rooms, a restaurant serving Paraguayan cuisine, and easy access to transportation.

Mid-Range Accommodation:

  • Savoy Hotel Encarnacion: A mid-range hotel located near the city center, offering comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant serving international cuisine.

  • Milord Hotel Boutique: Situated near the riverfront, this mid-range boutique hotel features modern rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a bar overlooking the Parana River.

Luxury Accommodation:

  • De La Costa Hotel: A luxury hotel offering luxurious rooms, a swimming pool, spa, and multiple dining options including a restaurant serving gourmet cuisine.

  • Carnaval Hotel Casino: Located near the city center, this luxury hotel features elegant rooms, a casino, spa, and several dining options including a buffet restaurant and steakhouse.


Where To Stay In Ciudad del Este:

Ciudad del Este is a major commercial city located on the Paraná River, known for its shopping centers and proximity to the Itaipu Dam.

Budget Accommodation:

  • Hotel Rio: Situated near the bus terminal, this budget hotel features basic rooms, a restaurant serving Paraguayan cuisine, and easy access to transportation.

Mid-Range Accommodation:

  • Panorama Inn Hotel: A mid-range hotel located near the city center, offering comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant serving international cuisine.

  • Hotel del Lago: Situated near the lake, this mid-range hotel features modern rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant with views of the water.

Luxury Accommodation:

  • Hotel Casino Acaray: A luxury hotel offering luxurious rooms, a casino, spa, and multiple dining options including a restaurant serving international cuisine.

  • Rio Hotel by Bourbon Ciudad del Este: Situated near the city center, this luxury hotel features elegant rooms, a swimming pool, spa, and several dining options.


These are just a few suggestions, and there are many other accommodation options available in Paraguay to suit different preferences and budgets. Be sure to consider factors such as location, amenities, and guest reviews when selecting your accommodation in Paraguay.


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