Aregua is on Lago Ypicacarai (opposite San Bernardino). It is around 30 minutes outside of Asuncion. It is very quiet and calm here. The most interesting things here are the church and the train del lago, which is the oldest train in South America. Today it serves mainly as a tourist attraction and connects Asuncion and Aregua. There are also several handicraft stores with clay and ceramic artefacts as well as the famous colorful spiderwebs, the nanduti
This a bit ambiguous "off-the-beaten-path" tip. Litteraly it depends on the "point of view". On the side this picture was taken is the modern building of the Senat and some other monstrosity representing a bank and/or the UN. The opposite side is hugged by a slum, a fact that almost automatically makes it of the beaten path since most of the travel guides keep the right to inform you to stay off similar communities.
This is a very chilled and relaxing Balnerario with a lazy river and plenty of green. Perfect to relax from the stress which you will be unlikely to encounter in Paraguay anyway.
On the ruta Paraguary - Piribebuy
Cacuupe is around 90 minutes from Asuncion and its best-known feature is the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de los Milagros, which is Paraguay's most venered sanctuary. Mass is usually held outside on the huge plaza in front of the Basilica. How people can stand the heat, I don't know.
While I could have easily written this under "restaurants", I believe even though there are many food options, it really belongs in the category "Off the Beaten Path".
While I did come here with some local friends, even they had not all been here before. It is something very unique but does require a bit of effort to get here (either private car or prearranged taxi).
The little fishing village survives today just as it has for a long time, with its livelihood coming directly from the waters of the Rio Paraguay. The little village is nothing special, but worth a short walk around. It is a slow paced life here.
If the views of the river are not enough for you, you can watch a sunset and enjoy the leisurely pace of life while sampling the cheap yet delicious fresh catch in any one of the many restaurants along the water. We walked around and searched out a few and putting together the recommendations of other family, friends and locals, we decided on "Comedor el Dorado"
(tel. 0982-306-490). Obviously the fish is recommended, but if you have not had it yet, try the surubi.
To get there, take a right on the small road about ~50m before the toll that goes over the Rio Paraguay Bridge (Highway 9, Carlos Antonio Lopez). Go about 1km, and when you cross the small stream, take the first left towards the waterfront. (location is show in the web link below)
San Bernardino is the weekend retreat for the (more affluent) people of Asuncion. It is located on the Lago Ypacarai, whose waters are not particularly inviting. It is a bit upscale for Paraguyan standards, and It was not particularly impressed. Then again, it was the end of season when I visited San Bernardino.
Yaguaron's landmark is a18th century church, which was built by the Guarani indians under Franciscan supervision. The inside is entirely made of carved wood and is particularly interesting.