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    Museo Ferroviario (Railroad Museum)

    by DSwede Updated May 27, 2012

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    Museo Ferroviario

    Paraguay and more specifically Asuncion has the oldest railway in South American. It was started in 1857, but sadly it is no longer functional. Most of the historic lines have been removed or grown over. There is a project afoot to rejuvenate and bring back many of the sections.

    However, the main terminal in Asuncion is stills standing and currently holds the nation's railroad memorabilia. The museum is modest but nice enough. There are two refurbished coach cars, one is a dining and lounge car while the other is one of the sleeper cabins.

    The various rooms in the station have photos, record books, tools, machine parts, etc. Together, they do a fairly good job to chronicle the railroad's history. Only downside is that all of the information is in Spanish, so those that don't know Spanish may not fully appreciate it.

    Entrance is 9am ~ 5pm:
    10,000 PYG for an foreigners
    5,000 PYG for locals and resident holders
    2,000 PYG for a local students

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    PANTEON

    by davidjo Written Apr 6, 2012
    THE PANTEON

    This is one of the most famous places to visit in the capital and basically it is dedicated to all those who died and suffered under the Stroessner regime. Outside there are many souvenirs and relics for sale but i suggest that you keep your money in your pocket!

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    Palacio Legislativo (new)

    by realde14 Updated Aug 31, 2007
    Palacio Legislativo

    The new Palacio Legislativo is the only post-modern building in Asuncion's center, and it was in large parts financed by Taiwan. It was kind of sad to see homeless children from the neighboring shanty barracks playing on the stairs of this modern flashy building. I wonder what the legislator think when they look outside their window and see these abandoned children.

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    Palacio de Gobierno

    by realde14 Updated Aug 31, 2007
    Palacio de Gobierno

    This is probably the most imposing buiding in Asuncion (there are not that many...), overlooking the banks of the Parana. Under dictator Stroessner, approaching and photographing this building would have been a very dangerous undertaking and you could have been shot! Nowadays, it is easier to take a picture, but I still did not find a way to get in...

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    Boat Rides

    by robyndavis Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Puerto Sajonia:
    The Club Deportivo De Puerto Sajonia offers a boat ride in the R¨ªo Paraguay aboard the Barko Kunatai, departing in Sajonia and arriving at the port in Asuncion. I believe it runs on weekends at 4:00, and costs 25,000 Grs. The sports club also offers many social, cultural, and athletic activities with facilities on both sides of the river: swimming pool, fishing and beach areas, volley ball, basketball, soccer, tennis, ping pong, saunas, bar and restaurant, hair salon y mucho mas! You can get there by taking bus # 2, 7, 31 or 21.
    ¡ú Orihuela y Arsenales. (021 420 375), info@cdps.org.py www.cdps.org.py

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    Places to Visit

    by robyndavis Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Jardin Botanico:
    Large park area, full of families on weekends, various gardens of with plants, flowers, vegetables, medicinal herbs; very pretty. Places to play soccer, have picnics, drink terere, etc. There’s a zoo but I don’t recommend it. There’s also a museum within the park, the museum of natural history. This park used to be the estate of the Lopez family. Near the park there is a little train station that offers a touristy train excursion every Sunday at 10 aboard an old fashion steam engine. The train goes very slow, but you may find it a pleasant ride. Cost 30,000 guaraníes. Many of the families who live along the track bring their chairs out on Sunday and wait for the train to go by.

    (Tren del Largo: 021 494 110,414 530, 0991 813 315). ferroca_tur@webmail.com.py

    → The Botanical Gardens is at Artigas y Av. Primer Presidente, (at the end of Sacramento). Take the # 23 bus from down town (Cerro Cora), it goes along España, past the ANDE, up Sacramento & onto Primer Presidente. bus costs 2,000.

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    San Bernardino:
    Not in Asuncion, about a 1 or 2 hour bus ride from the city. This is where people from the city vacation, it’s very pretty, there’s a nice lake with a sandy beach lined with little restaurants and places to drink beer. You can rent jet skis for around 50,000 guaraníes per half hour. I wouldn’t swim in the lake, it’s grossly polluted but many locals do not mind. A nice place to visit for the day. You can take a bus on Mcal. Lopez that says San Bernardino, or go to the terminal and take a bus from there. (the 31 on Mcal. Lopez goes to the terminal, which is located at Republica Argentina y Av. Fernando de la Mora).

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    Mercado Cuatro:
    This place is madness, you must go. Get on a bus that says Mercado Cuatro. Very large market area where you can buy many cheap strange things.

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    Sporting and Recreational Activities

    by robyndavis Written Aug 21, 2006

    Fuerzas Armadas:
    Has ok sports facilities: tennis courts, large pool, running track, Gym aerobics room. You can take classes in tennis, hire personal trainers, karate classes, swimming lessons, and massages. Pool is open for laps until 7 or 8:00 PM, the track is open until 9:00 PM. Prices vary depending on what services you will use (a pass for the track is 10,000 guaraníes per month).
    → General Santos, entre España y Mcal. Lopez.

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    La Pancha: ping pong club:
    Fabulous table tennis club, with many of the best players in the country. Mostly aimed towards experienced locals, but you can take lessons for about 20,000 per hour. Membership is 50,000 per month and you need your own racquet. I have been told that in order to join, it helps to have a connection in the club; but the people are fabulous �� and there are often BBQ´s and other events.
    → Dr. Nogues c/ Aviadores del Chaco (from downtown, go to Shopping del
    Sol on España, it's one of the streets on the left after Students Video).

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    Dance lessons: Proa Café Cultural:
    Lessons in salsa, tango and milonga. 15,000 per class. The space is a dance studio/bar/café;
    people dance at night. Nice place, many Argentineans.
    →Padre Pucheu, entre España y Juan de Salazar. (222456).
    {frequented by a man who makes tango shoes for 100,000 guaraníes: Marchelo Creaciones, 4ta. entre Colón y Montevideo. I’m told it’s near Av. Ygatmi. 421 303 or 0971 961 014}

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    New Panorama Center:
    Large pool hall and bowling alley (and they do B-Day parties!) On weekends bowling is 14,000 per game, pool is 3,000 per game and 15,000 per hour. On weekends prices are slightly higher. Located very close to the Casino, where they apparently showcase male strippers on Friday nights!
    → España 2621 (021 602 591).

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    Club Aleman:
    Has a pool, soccer fields, basketball, volley ball, etc.
    Membership is likely a little more expensive. Parties for Octoberfest.
    → General Santos y Defensa Nacional.

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    Cultural Centres

    by robyndavis Updated Aug 21, 2006

    Centro Cultural de España, Juan de Salazar:
    Always free cultural events. Once a week (lunes de cine) they show free films from Spain; and often show other movies from other Spanish countries. They often offer special courses or workshops and also put off art exhibits, theatre and ballet. (they also have a center in Villa Rica)
    → Herrera 834, c/ Tacuary (021 492 921) www.juandesalazar.org.py

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    Centro Cultural Paraguayo Japonés (CPJ):
    Beautiful cultural center offering various classes and workshops for all ages (such as dance, art and music). They also host many music, dance, and theater performances. Their
    Cinema club “Jorge Aiguadé” presents popular films on Mondays at 8:00.
    → Julio Correa y Domingo Portillo. 021 605 039.
    (I believe bus 13 from Mcal. Lopez will take you there)

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    Instituto Cultural Paraguayo – Alemán, Centro Goeth:
    I’ve never been here but from what I know they hold various events each month including music concerts, films, discussions, as well as German language classes.
    → Juan de Salazar 310 c/ Artigas, (021 226 242, or 224 455); www.icpa-gz.org.py

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    UniNorte:
    This University’s cultural department is frequently putting off events,
    (ballet, opera, orchestra, etc.). Events take place in various cultural
    centers and theatres throughout the city, listed in the newspapers.

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    Alianza Francesa:
    (the French Alliance), often organizes and hosts various cultural events: art exhibits, concerts, documentaries,(mainly with French themes). They also offer French language classes.
    → Mcal Estigarribia c/ Brasil. (021 210 503)
    → http://www.uninorte.edu.py (Cultural Office: 021 200 797).

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    Theatres

    by robyndavis Written Aug 21, 2006

    Argentine Embassy:
    Tuesday nights at 7:30 they show good free Argentine films. Good idea to call first and check though, as sometimes they hold other events as well, and movies can get cancelled.
    → España y Peru. (021 212 322).

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    Banco Central de Paraguay (BCP):
    The BCP also has a lovely theatre where they regularly host theatre, ballet, opera, and musical performances.
    → Sgto. Marecos y Pablo VI (021 480 182 or 608 114)

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    Teatro de las Americas:
    frequently hosts different theatrical and musical events.
    → José Berges 291 (021 224 831)

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    Other Cinemas: (→ cheap night: Wednesday)
    -Shopping Del Sol 021 611 763: España y San Martin
    -Shopping Villa Mora 021 610 032: Mcal. Lopez y San Martin
    -Hiperseis 021 613 390: Mcal Lopez y Tte. Casco

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    Museums

    by robyndavis Written Aug 21, 2006

    Centro Cultural de La Republica:
    contains a museum, library, and sala de cine in which they sometimes show free films (you can inquire about films at: paraguaydepeliculas@hotmail.com).
    It’s located at: Avda. De la Republica e/ Chile y Alberdi. (443 094 or 441 826).

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    Manzana de la Riviera:
    Worth the visit; hosts permanent and temporary art exhibits, free weekly cine (ciclo de videos, Tuesdays at 3:30 and 7:30), as well as other events.
    → Ayolas 129 c/ B. Constante (447-683 or 442 448)

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    Museo del Barro:
    Beautiful museum hosting various local and international art work (arte urbano, arte indígena, arte campesino), with both permanent and temporary exhibits. I hear that it is the only museum in Paraguay whose building was constructed for the purpose of being a museum. This
    place it really worth the trip out near Shopping de Sol, and I believe it’s 10,000 to enter, free for students on Fridays. (take the #30 up España).
    → Calle Grabadores del cabichuí entre Cañada y Emeterio Miranda
    (021 607-996) www.museodelbarro.org.py

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    Driving about

    by Assenczo Written Jun 8, 2006

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    The Sheraton hotel is located on that long street with all of the well-to-do Paraguayans lined up to the glamorous company of the diplomatic corps and the President Himself. The mansions on both sides of this glitzy strip were vying for my attention while conveniently slowed down by the afternoon traffic of probably 90% of the Paraguay SUVs. The out-of-this-world contrast with the old downtown prompted me to ask the question: “Where does the President work, here or in the old (shanty town besieged and mosquito prone) palace? My 25USD-a-day cultural interpreter laughed: “The President doesn’t work!”

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    Unexpected view point

    by Assenczo Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    Ex Senat building and environs

    Go to the central post office and climb the stairs (from the patio). Suddenly you will realize what a wonderful vista of the central square and the lazy Paraguay river you have discovered. Not to mention the flag touching and the sense of bonding it produces.

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    Panteon de los Heroes

    by realde14 Written May 15, 2005
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    This is on the Plaza de los Heroes and houses the remains of several military figures that died in Paraguay's lunatic war against the tri-partite alliance of Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia in the 1870 (the Chaco War). Paraguay lost most of its territiories as well as most of its male population during that war and seemed to have never fully recovered.

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    Buying souvenirs

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    Colon street tourists shops

    Buying souvenirs. The Colon street is still the best. Close to the harbour you'll find the best shops.
    Prices can be talked down and always ask for a second, third and sometimes even a fourth item of what you are looking for. Take your time!

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    MAN ON A HORSE

    by davidjo Written Apr 6, 2012
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    There are a few statues around the capital of a guy on a horse. This is probably their great hero, Jose Gervasio Artegas, wander around Asuncion and see how many you can find!

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