Secretaría Nacional de Turismo: The sound of the harp
I was walking down Palma street when I hear typical Paraguayan music; the sounds of a harp were filling the air. I approached and met the Secretaryship of Tourism, a very attractive building where I found not only tourist information but typical dances and stuff.
Iba caminando por la calle Palma cuando escuché música típica paraguaya; los sonidos del arpa llenaban el aire. Me acerqué y encontré la Secretaría de Turismo, un edificio muy atractivo en donde no sólo hallé información turística, sino además, danzas y productos típicos.
What to buy: All kind of handcrafts... Especially ñandutí (a beautiful lacework) and embrodery.
Todo tipo de artesanías... Especialmente ñandutí y bordados.
Has it got a name?: By Ypacaraí Lake
At San Bernardino, Ypacaraí lakeside, there are several stolls where you can find typical handicrafts.
En San Bernardino, a orillas del lago Ypacaraí, hay varios puestos de venta de artesanías típicas.
What to buy: Hats, wood sculptures, clothes, necklaces...
Sombreros, esculturas de maderas, ropa, collares...
In Asuncion is is possible to buy a wide variety of things in the streets. You may have to inspect your purchases to look for what level of quality it is. But generally the price is always right. Fresh fruit can be a particularly good bargin. Here is a mandarin orange vender who is selling bags for 2500 gs. Just over $.50 Can for a huge bag.....I sure miss the fresh tropical fruit from Paraguay.
This was on a saturday in Asuncion, downtown. They have a Festival sort of thing going on. Get your shopping done before noon on Saturday becasue all the shops close until monday downtown. Some of the bigger stores stay open but for the most part everythings is closed.
What to buy: Spider lace is very beautiful; it is hand made and comes in different colors. I bought some from my mom, they make shirts and blouses and tie's. I bought from mom and pop venders. I did not see alot of major retail type stores other than when i went to the mall.
What to pay: You can pay anywhere from 6 USD to 25 USD depending on what your buying and the detail of the item
Unicentro: Shopping Paradise
Its so cheap that I almost buy the whole store, I found brand names clothes and very good quality. This Store is GREAT
What to buy: Everything.. from shirts to shoes
What to pay: I really dont know, I bought so many things that I really dont know although its cheap
Shopping Mariscol Lopez: Really Classy Malls in the Burbs
This is a really nice American-style shopping mall in the suburb of Villa Mora, right near the house where I stayed. It´s right on the main street of Mariscol Lopez and I had a great time wandering around there when I needed a break from the streets (plus I just love shopping). You can get film developed, see movies, etc...and its got a great cheap food court:)
Great Leather Goods Prices
Asuncion is the lowest price for leather in the world. I bought a leather backpack and a business attache for 60 dollars all together.
Still use them today.
What to pay: 15 dollars for boots,25 for backpacks and bags
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