Paraguay Travel Guides

It’s not all too hard to understand why Paraguay is so lost to the travel world.  It is a landlocked country hidden between the wondors of Brazil, the charm of Argentina and the rawness of Bolivia.  Moreover, Paraguay lacks the major attraction that makes other countries in the region must visits.  Brazil has Rio and Iguazu Falls, Argentina has Iguazu as well as Patagonia and Buenos Aires, Bolivia has the salt flats and Paraguay has well, a vast interior that is rough and largely unexplored.

However, don’t let the fact that very few other tourists more than graze Paraguay dissuade you from visiting.  The country, although small and under-travelled, has its fair share of rewards for those who are willing to step outside the box and into their explorer shoes.  Furthermore, you’ll be hard pressed to find a people in South America that are more proud of their country than are Paraguayans.  From the charming city of Asuncion to the jagged peaks of the edge of the Pantanal all the way to the vast plains of the Chaco the one thing you’ll always find is a people excited to greet you and more excited to brag about their country.  Although it may be easy to do, don’t forget about Paraguay as a part of your South American Travel Plans.

Paraguay

Paraguay

Highlights: Itaipu Dam, Asuncion, Cerro Cora National Park
Budget: between 25-40 US$ a day. Higher if you’re planning on doing an excursion in the Chaco.
Language: Spanish and Guarani are most widely spoken. In the interior there is a lot of German spoken due to the presence of Mennonites.

Map of Paraguay

Map of Paraguay - Click to Enlarge

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  • Basic Paraguay Travel Information (coming soon)
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  • Getting your Paraguay Visa (coming soon)
  • Photos of Paraguay (coming soon)
  • Recommended Travel Itineraries for Paraguay (coming soon)


9 Comments

  1. You’re the first person I’ve heard describe Asunción as “charming.” I’ve considered going to Paraguay a couple times, but it’s always been when I would have only had time to see Asunción, and the general opinion seems to be that it’s dirty and not particularly interesting. I’m looking forward to your guide to the city to see what you liked about it!

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    • @Emily – I really love Asuncion… it really is a diamond in the rough though. If you just take it for it’s face value you might hate it. If you dive in head first and really explore I think you’ll love it. Old mansions that are crumbling, beautiful palaces and really fun people. I wrote an article about it: http://www.brendansadventures.com/asuncion-you-used-to-be-beautiful/

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  2. Thanks Brendan! I just found your site through a twitter re-tweet and I dig it. You’re spot on about if you’re wanting to travel, just DO it. I’ve been a long term viajero in South America before, and a volunteer in Paraguay – and it always frustrated me when people said ‘you’re so lucky. I could never do that.’ Paraguay is so dear to my heart, such a forgotten frontier. I’m glad you enjoyed Asuncion, and while part of what I loved was the lack of other travelers, it deserves some good lovin’. I look forward to following more of your journeys. Saludos!

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    • Hi Ellen! Thanks for writing in! I love Paraguay, and am glad to meet others with a passion for both travel and South America. Un abrazo, Brendan

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      • I too enjoyed Asuncion. I was there last month. Took the bus up to Filadelfia. What an interesting place. A day trip out to the Chaco was expensive but worth it.

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      • Brendan, i am really interested in your view on Paraguay. My girlfriend and i are heading there to kill some time before the world cup in june and have roughly 2 weeks in between our plans. Paraguay i have been reading and there is not a great deal of information regarding things to do besides explore the capital!!! Can you please help me with some indepth and useful knowledge into the hidden treasures of paraguay. We want to experience the country that everyone seems to pass by

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        • Honestly mate, not much going on. But if you want to get away from the other Gringos, it’s cool. The chaco is amazing, but expensive. Cerro Cora National Park is really under-developed, and hot, but decent. The dam is impressive. Concepcion is laid back, but not much to see either.

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  3. My family of 5 (2 adults & 3 children) are spending a couple of weeks traveling around Paraguay. We of course plan on seeing the falls. Is there a concern of malaria? We’ve researched and found doxycycline to be our best bet. Is doxycycline available in the pharmacy’s in Asuncion?

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    • no malaria. The docs will try to make you use it, but there’s no need. I’m not sure there’s ever even been a recorded case outside deep in the amazon or pantanal. I’ve never heard of a traveller anywhere in South America getting malaria. Honestly, I wouldn’t bother. In fact, I’d say that the malaria meds are a pain in the ass. I’ve had malaria 3 times (in West and Central Africa), and still wouldn’t go back to taking the meds.

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