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This is one of the many very poor areas of Asuncion, much like many other countries in South America. Generally it is best to avoid these areas or at least you common sense, and do not flash expensive posessions or money. I never experienced any problems, but that doesn't mean it never happens.
Written Jul 26, 2003
This was not in Asuncion, but comming back from Villarrica to Asuncion. I had the car washed, it was very dirty from the trip in the mountains, and so it was nice and polished, so i guess the cop thought he had a rich one. There are check points on the roads for vechicles and the cops wave you over if they want you to stop, so i pulled over and he asked for my registration, he told me this was the wrong reg. and told me to go back and buy a new registration from villarrica or i could pay him 186,000 G about $50 from him well villarrica was about 50 mins back and i knew he just wanted a bribe; me being an american in the middle of nowhere with 3 para military type armed police officers, decided to pay him and keep going. THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME IN MY WHOLE TRIP THAT I FELT UNSAFE!!! So do not let this scare you from going. Just when traveling dont keep all your converted money in your wallet hide it in the car somehwere like i did so they dont ask for more.
Updated Aug 27, 2005
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