|Population :||5,6 millions|
|Language||Officially Spanish, but Guaraní is widely spoken|
|Religion||97% roman catholic, 3% mennonite and other protestants.|
The country has a relaxed riverside capital, impressive Jesuit missions, several national parks and the vast, arid Chaco - one of South America's great wilderness areas.
Paraguay is a landlocked country surrounded by Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The country is divided into two unequal portions by the Río Paraguay, the third largest river in the western hemisphere. To the west of the river is the Chaco, a largely infertile and sparsely populated tract of land standing for around 60% of the country's area. To the east, where almost all the population is concentrated, is a well-watered, elevated plateau of grasslands, with patches of subtropical forest stretching all the way to the Río Paraná on the Brazilian and Argentinean borders.
Wildlife is diverse and includes a number of birds such as the parrot and parakeet, wood stork, hyacinth macaw and the once-thought-to-be-extinct Chaco peccary, plus large reptiles such as caiman, anaconda and the boa constrictor. However, due to the dense human population of rural eastern Paraguay, mammals such as the giant anteater, manned wolf, Brazilian tapir and jaguar are fast disappearing.
The climate in eastern Paraguay is humid, with rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year. Temperatures are almost universally hot in summer (January to March), averaging 35ºC (95ºF), but can drop as low as 5ºC (41ºF) in winter (July to September). Frosts at this time are not uncommon, but there is little or no snowfall. Temperatures are higher in the Chaco and rainfalls are more erratic.
Tours in Asuncion
Asunción City Tour
Departure from hotel to make a sightseeing tour in Asunción. You will visit the main historic monuments like the National Heroes Pantheon, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace, the railroad station, the typical market, harbour customs and the Recoba handcraft market will complete this visit, featuring also the colonial and residential areas.
Frequency: Every day
Duration: 3 hours
Departure: 09:00 Hours
Lake Ypacarai Tour
Departure from hotel to take the road to the summer resort of San Bernardino, near the Ypacaraí Lake. You will visit on the way the mithologic museum of Capiata and the town of Ituagua famous by the handmade Ñandutí lace. Visit the Caacupé. On the way back to Asunción, you will stop in Aregua to see the local pottery works, completing the excursion with a stop in Luque, where you can the handmade works of the jewelly called Filigrana in silver and gold.
Frequency: Every day
Duration: 4 hours
Departure: 13:30 Hours
Dinner & Folk Show
Departure from your hotel, to visit the illuminated city and transfer to a restaurant to enjoy an exquisite supper meals of the local gastronomy, accompanied by typical show to rate by harps and guitars later transfer with admission to the casino. Drinks are not included.
Frequency: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Duration: 3 hours
Departure: 21:00 Hours
There are no compulsory health requirements for entry into Paraguay. You are advised to take Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccine before entering. Please note that Paraguay Government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever. Avoid eating and drinking local products from street vendors and restaurants with suspect hygiene or refrigeration practices.
Paraguay currency is Paraguayan Guarani; 1 US Dollar = 5800 Paraguayan Guarani.Bank notes come in denominations of 500, 1.000, 5.000, 10.000, 50.000 and 100.000; coins are 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500.All banks and exchange offices accept travelers checks and foreign currency. It is advisable to take US Dollar travelers checks or currency as this is more readily exchanged than other currency. Credit cards are accepted at most major hotels, restaurants and shops.Banks are open from 08.45 to 15.00 Monday to Friday and ATM are easily found.
Paraguay time is 4 hours slower than GMT.
The electric current in Paraguay is 240 volt. Most wall outlets in Paraguay take European style plugs that have two round prongs.
The official language in Paraguay is Guarani and Spanish.
Overall climate of Paraguay is tropical to subtropical. Like most land in region, Paraguay has only wet and dry seasons. Winds play a major role in influencing Paraguay’s weather. Between October and March, warm winds blow from the Amazon Basin in the North, while between May and August brings cold winds from the Andes.
In most restaurants and bars, a 10% service fee is added to the bill (may vary depends on the restaurant). Cab drivers do not expect a tip, buy it is normal to round up the final price. If bell boy was to handle your baggage,you should give him the equivalent of $1 a bag.
Paraguay Food & Drink
The cuisine of Paraguay is similar to the cuisines in Uruguay. Meat vegetables, manioc (Cassava), maize (Corn) and fruits are common in Paraguayan cuisine. One of the famous cake in Paraguay is chipacake. It has 70 varieties in Paraguay. Most chipa are made from manioc flour.
Terere is the national drink of Paraguay. Terere is made from Yerba Mate extract and prepared by cold water instead of hot. Fruit juice and soft drinks are common. Beer and wine are also available. Cana is one of the alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane juice, while mosto is a non-alcoholic variety.
Generally, clothing in Paraguay made from lightweight and breathable fabrics due to the hot climate (October to May). Wearing a short-sleeve shirt and short or long pants is recommended. In rainy season (May to September), bring cool-weather gear such as long pants, fleece jackets, medium-weight coats, sweaters and long sleeve shirts is recommended since the temperature can be very cold at night.
As with the food, Paraguay has many local specialties for the shopper. In major cities, shopping centers stay open until late. Good quality arts and crafts are available at regular outdoor markets, which are colorful and entertaining places for tourist to visit.
Paraguay has a low level of crime against tourist. The most dangerous region of Paraguay is the eastern tri-border area with Argentina and Brazil. It’s rarely a problem if you avoid that area.
Valuables : Be aware that most crime is opportunistic and the best way to avoid theft is to blend in and stay in safe area. Avoid bringing flashy items such as jewelry or laptops when wandering around. Where possible leave any valuables, documents and passports in your hotel safety deposit box. If you have to take a bag while you are out, hold it in front of you where you can see it.