Paraguay Luxury Travel and Vacation Guide

 

 Paraguay is one of the most impressive South American wilderness areas that you will instantly fall in love with. It is a landlocked country sharing borders with Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. The River Paraguya divides the country into two regions that are completely different from each other. In the east, there are gently rolling hills and fertile plains, while in the west you will find the second largest forested area in America. This natural area provides a habitat for thousands of species of birds and wildlife. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, but July is the coldest month to visit here.

Paraguay Attractions

Hiking trails and nature trails abound, as do opportunities for fishing and swimming. You can climb the 1640-foot Cerro Leon or take a trek into the Chaco wilderness. Of course, you can also stay in the cities and towns and see the many attractions that Paraguay has to offer.

City of Asuncion

Asuncion is the capital of the country with most of the main attractions along the riverfront. Little remains of its colonial history, so you will see an eclectic blend of the old and the new. You can take a picture of the Palacio de Gobierno, without fearing for your life. During the rule of El Supremo's Rodríguez de Francia, anyone even looking at this palace was shot immediately. The Casa Viola is one of the few buildings that still remain from the Colonial Era. Visit the Casa de Cultura Paraguaya, a Cathedral dating back to the 18th century, which also has a museum, and the oldest building in the city, the Casa de la Independencia, which was built in 1772. See the impressive collection of modern art at the Museo del Barro.

The Chaco

The Chaco contains a substantial population of native Indians. You can visit Filadelfia, where the Mennonites once settled in 1920 and Loma Plata, the oldest and most traditional Mennonite settlement in the country. Purchase the unique Indian handicrafts at Neu-Halbstadt and the Parque Nacional Defensores del Chaco is the natural habitat for most of the endangered species in the country.

Travel to and within Paraguay

You can fly into Paraguay to Asuncion. There are only a few overland routes for you to drive there, but there are ferries from Asuncion to Corumba in Brazil.

There are domestic flights to several small airports in the country as well as to the northern area and parts of the Chaco. There are also regular buses and slow wood burning trains. There are also passenger boats on the river and although you can rent a car, driving can be dangerous with the many ox-carts on the road.

Paraguay Language

The official languages of Paraguay are Spanish and Guarini.

 Paraguay Food and Drink

Typical local dishes in Paraguay include maize bread flavoured with egg and cheese, (chipas), a soup made of cornmeal and ground beef (soo-yosopy) and boribori, which is soup made of diced meat, vegetables and served with small maize and cheese dumplings. Palm hearts are also popular, as is the local fish ? surubi. The most popular drink is cana, made from distilled sugar cane and honey. Sugar cane juice is also good and yerba mate is a refreshing drink that is very popular. There are no laws regarding the consumption of alcohol and it is widely available.

Paraguay Shopping and Safety

When you visit Paraguay, you have to shop for the special lace that the women of Itagua make. There are also appol shirts that come in a variety of colors, leather goods, native jewellery and wooden handicrafts. The stores are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., but they close for a three-hour lunch. The stores open later on Saturday and close earlier.

You do need to show a certificate that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. You should only drink bottled water and only eat foods that have been well cooked.

Entertainment

There are many bars, casinos and discos in Asuncion. There are also casinos in Ciudad del Este and Encarnación. The open air restaurants are very popular with tourists, who especially like the music of Paraguay, polcas and guaranías.
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