Paraguay is a tranquil country known for its friendly people and the untouched wilderness of the vast Chaco area. A landlocked country between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, Paraguay is a charming, authentic country with relatively few visitors but with plenty to offer to open-minded travellers, from exotic national parks, jaw-dropping waterfalls and one of the largest wetlands in the world.
You will find a great range of restaurants in the larger cities serving cuisine from around the world. Local cuisine has a strong Brazilian influence with popular dishes comprised of beef or chicken with corn and fresh fava beans.
There is a wide range of accommodation in Paraguay ranging from large international hotel chains to smaller locally-owned properties and apartments.
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Where to go in Paraguay
Explore the friendly colonial capital city of Asunción, a thriving river port and one of South America’s oldest cities, with its mix of modern malls, magnificent mansions and riverside parks.
Iguazu Falls borders Argentina and Brazil and is one of South America’s highlights and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, easily visited from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay’s eastern edge.
Visit Itaipú Dam during a stay at Iguazu Falls. Itaipú, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, is as tall as a 55-story building and stretches over five miles from tip to tip, and with a carefully designed ecosystem for native birds and fish.
Take a cruise on the Rio Paraguay and enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape. Explore the impressive Jesuit ruins of Trinidad and Jesus. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are considered some of the most impressive and best preserved creations of the Jesuits.
Wildlife & Culture
Go bird watching in the Chaco region in the north and west of Paraguay. The Chaco wide plains are home to a huge number of birds and intriguing wildlife such as pumas, tapirs, anteaters and even jaguars.
Here, you can also visit the unique Mennonite settlements where immigrants from Germany, Russia and Canada sought religious freedom.
When to go
With a sub-tropical climate and temperatures ranging between 25° to 38°C, low-lying Paraguay is a year-round destination.
The best time to travel is between May and September when it is cooler and dryer.
The rainy season runs during Paraguay’s summer from October to April.
Where to go next
A nice itinerary starts at Asuncion with a day or two here to explore the capital city before continuing overland by bus or private car to the city of Encarnación, your base to visit the Jesuit Ruins of Trinidad and Jesus.
From Encarnación, continue overland to Ciudad del Este and across the border to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls to continue your travels in Brazil.
Map of Paraguay
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