Paraguay Things to Do

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Paraguay Things to Do

  • Palacio de Lopez

    Overlooking the banks of the Paraguay River, the Palacio de Gobierno or Palacio de Lopez is the present seat of the government. Construction began in 1857 as residence of general Francisco Solano Lopez son of the then President of the Republic, Don Carlos Antonio Lopez conceived in a neoclassic style, exhibits a monumental structure with...

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  • Meet some locals

    On our visit we had a great time just roaming around and taking in the sights of this busy border town . We stopped for a coke at a little "whole in the Wall" cafe and had a great chat in even with our limited Spanish with the owner. He was so friendly and welcoming. He and his wife own the little spot and rely on the flood of day trippers for...

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  • Market Hustle and Bustle

    The border town of Ciudad del Este is shear madness. I have to admit I love to shop in markets but the stuff here is such junk..straight from China I'd say and not the good knockoff stuff. We enjoyed the chaos though and it was pretty much what we expected.

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  • Casa de la Independencia

    This small museum is one of the few houses that survive from spanish colonial era in Asuncion. Most of colonial Asuncion was destroyed in the 19th century. The house where the Museum is located nowadays was built in 1772 by the Spanish settler Antonio Martínez Sáenz. The walls were constructed with adobe; with thatched roof and its framework was...

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  • A Free-Market Spectacle

    The fifty years "young" city of Ciudad del Este grew much during the construction of the huge nearby hydroelectric project, and now survives by being Argentina´s and Brazil´s shopping center for all sorts of illegaly imported goods. Smuggling is here a way of life. For everyone who thinks of government as a nightmare and for those who pray to the...

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  • Casa de la Independencia

    Casa de la Independencia, built in 1772, is said to be Asunción's oldest building. This puzzles me somewhat as Casa Viola at Casas de Manzana was built in 1750. Maybe it's because the latter has largely been rebuilt whereas Casa de la Independencia is still in its original state. It is a modest whitewashed building with a tiled roof. It takes its...

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  • Catedral Metropolitana, Asunción

    Catedral Metropolitana, Asunción's main cathedral, was built in the nineteenth century. Admssion is free.

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  • Centro Cultural Manzana de la Rivera

    This is a group of colonial houses, which have been restored to perfect condition and are now used for various cultural activities. The Casas de la Manzana are: Casa Viola, Casa Clari, Casa Clari-Mestre, Casa Vertúa, Casa Emasa, Casa Castelví, Casa Serra I, Casa Serra II and Casa Ballario. Asunción's city museum, the Museo Memoria de la Ciudad, is...

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  • Ciudad del Este

    Ciudad del Este, formerly known as Puerto Presidente Stroessner, is a bustling border town and river port, which has become the main centre for buying duty free electrical goods, not only for Paraguayans, but for Brazilians and Argentinians as well. Ciudad del Este generates about 60% of Paraguay's total GDP, and it is one of the largest tax-free...

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  • Palacio de Gobierno, Asunción

    Paraguay's neoclassical government palace, the Palacio de Gobierno, is the only grand building in Asunción It was constructed between 1860-1892, and owned by the Lopez family. It puts the rest of the poverty-stricken city in the shade.

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  • Alfredo Stroessner Statue

    Always wanted to see a statue of former Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner (and who hasn't!) but didn't know where to find one? Well, near the Palacio Gobierno in downtown Asuncion is a statue of former dictator Alfredo Stroessner, sort of. It is actually pieces from a destroyed statue used to make a new piece of art.

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  • Panteon de los Heroes

    This building symbolizes all of paraguay virtues and mishaps. It mimics a small version of Paris "Les Invalides". Built in 1864, under the regime of Francisco Solano López, it was not completed until the late 1930's after the Chaco wars with Bolivia. The bodies of both Lopez (father and son) as well as Bernardino Caballero and mariscal Estigarribia...

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  • Ciudad Del Este - Tax Free Shopping

    Typically I would add this tip to the Shopping section, but for Paraguay in particular, I think its proper place truly is "Things to Do". As we were staying in Argentina, I inquired with several people for things to do near Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, knowing I was not going to blow the opportunity to add another country onto my VT Map. Every...

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  • Parque National de Iguazu

    Die Wasserfälle von Igauzu befinden sich am 3 Ländereck Paraguay Argentinien und Brasilien.Auf einer Breite fast dreimal so groß wie die Niagarafälle stürzen die Wassermassen hier in die Tiefe. Iguazú bedeutet in der Sprache der Guaraní-Indianer "große Wasser".Zu beiden Seiten des Stromes erstreckt sich ein Nationalpark. Dort hält sich bis heute...

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  • San Bernadino Paraguayan summer spot

    San Bernadino ist der Sommerurlaubsort der Paraguayer. Jede Menge junger Leute und Diskotheken. Während des restlichen Jahres ist es dort angenehm ruhig. Es besteht die Möglichkeit für eine Gruppe von 8 - 10 Leuten eines der tollen Häuser dort zu mieten und von den Bewohner betreut zu werden. Bitte mich konaktieren.San Bernadino is the most...

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  • Mbatovi Eco Reserva Piribebuy

    Zirka 60 km von Asuncion entfernt gibt es ein kleines ÖKO Reservat welches auf privater Initiative beruht. Neben einer tollen Aussicht besteht die Möglichkeit geführter Wanderungen und eines Abenteuer Erlebnisses mit Abseilen, sich auf Höhe der Baumkronen gesichert zu bewegen und noch einiges mehr. Eine Übernachtungsmöglichkeit bietet die Estancia...

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  • Landscape

    through the open countryside. steaming hot and humid, it rains often. in the west, along the third largest River in the the world, the Rio Paraguai, infrastructure is as sparse as the population. the Gran Chaco dense and still the second biggest Rainforest in the world.the vast and inhospitable Chaco is the most unexplored area in South America,...

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  • Caacupe

    Caacupe, the spiritual capital of Paraguay is about 30 miles west of Asuncion. The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Caacupe was visited in 19 by pope John Paul II. This visit had a profound impact in the lives of many Paraguayans which are deeply catholic. The overthrow of the dictatorship of Gen. Stroessner who ruled Paraguay for more than 35 years...

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  • New "Palacio Legislativo"

    The new building for the legislative branch of paraguayan power was completed in 2001. The cost of $20 million was one of the big controversies in a country troubled so much by povrety and corruption. Even worse, the builing is just a few hundred feet from "La chacarita" one of Asuncion slums. The design is modern, mixing it with older preexisting...

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  • MMMMMMMMMEAT!!!!!

    The picture says it all. You cannot visit Paraguay without enjoying an "asado". There is a very important social component on it. I mean, any family gathering of any importance includes one. The paraguayan "parrilla" have both brazillian and argentinian influences. Important cuts include "Tapa de Cuadril" (my personal favorite), "Costilla",...

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  • Cathedral

    Cathedrals built in big economic or strategic value spanish colonies such as Mexico and Peru are typically more complex and, in general, have been better preserved than others. The Metropilitan Cathedral of Asuncion is such an example. The current church was built over a preexisting 17th c. temple in 1842 and completed in 1860. Recently,...

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  • Jesuit Ruins

    The ruins are over 200 years old and are magnificent. They are located outside of the city of Encarnacion. There are actually 2 different sites. Trinidad and Jesus, with Trinidad being the larger of the two.There are more photos of the ruins in the Paraguay travel logs

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  • Big Power

    Located 14km north of Ciudad del Este, at the Brazilian-Paraguayan border and not far from Argentina and Iguassu Falls, the hydro-power complex of Itaipu is an engineering marvel. The volume of iron and steel utilized in the Dam structure would be enough to build 380 Eiffel Towers, and the volume of concrete used in Itaipú represents 15 times the...

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  • Encore un bout de route.... jusqu a la...

    19h, on est reparti.... Toute la nuit ce sera des arrets et des grandes glissades, mais plus besoin de dessendre sauf une ou 2 fois.Ce sera aussi une atmosphere poussiereuse, une chaleur a crever et surtout.... des secousses qui font degringoler touts les bagages, et nous empechent de fermet l oeil.Il nous aurait falu un casque et des harnais de...

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  • HUMIDE CE DESERT!

    On nous avait dit: "le Chaco c est tres sec, et appart de la poussiere il n y a rien."La prochaine fois que l on y remetra les pieds, on viendra avec un canoe....

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  • Quand y faut y aller, faut y aller!

    On va quand meme pas le laisser comme ca.... toujours les meme qui se jetent a l eau pour les autres :-)

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  • NOUVELLE VICTIME, NOUVELLE GALERE, Acte...

    Moins d une heure plus tard, Nouveau trou.La c est un 4X4 en mauvaise situation.Le proprio attend un hipotetique vehicule pour se faire tracter.

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  • REPRISE DE LA ROUTE, Acte 3

    On file de nouveau, dans la poussiere.C est irrespirable, et la poussiere rentre de partout. Il fait tellement chaud, c est un vrai foure dans le bus, on ouvre quand meme les fenetre tampis; de toute facon on est deja noir de boue alors.WELCOME TO CHACO LAND!

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  • BONNE EQUIPE

    Ca y est le bus est sortie de la premiere galere, de nouveau sur la terre ferme pret a faire route vers la Bolivie.Il reste 250km pour la douane, mais 500km en tout avec la premiere route asphalte.Il est 18h... on est pas encore rendu...Le voyage devait durer 26h, c est sur on sera un peu en retard (deja 10h....) et on est juste a la moitie du...

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  • 20m de plus c est suffisant!

    1h plus tard, apresnotre petite pose repas les mains pleines de boue, nous sommes agreablement surpris de voir nos effort en partie recompenses: le reste de boue visquese a en partie sechee sur 20m...le bus parvient a se sortir du trou et profite des 20m pour avancer, au bout il retombe dans une nouvelle horniere.... mais cette fois, la distance...

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  • Et maintenant on tire !

    Apres bien des pelletes, on c est dit bon on va essayer de tirer, mais rien a faire.Il est 15h on a pas manger depuis hier soir et presque pas d eau pour nous hydrater... on garde le sourir mais on sue comme des boeux.Il reste un plateau repas pour chacun d entre nous, on va manger un bout et esperer que le reste de boue va un peu secher....On en...

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  • Un coup de main s impose

    Devant le basarre, on dessend du bus>>> nous les touristes, car les autres veulent pas se salir mais ralent car on est bloque... On aide comme on peut, essayant d enlever le monticule de boue coinse sous le bus.Le parchoque a explose, les roues sont sous la boue, et toute l eau ruisselle vers le point bas, la ou on est.... c est belle...

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  • Premier coup de pelle.... Acte 2

    11h du mat, le chauffeur tente une traversee...Une vingtaine de metres plus loin, c est l enlisement.On s est enfonce d un bon metre 50 dans une soupe visqueuse et chaude... la boue c est genial!Premier coup de pelle, sous le soleil qui cogne, on atteind deja les 40 degres... Pas moyen de se faire tracter par un camion ni derriere ni devant, on est...

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  • AUTOPISTA PARAGUAYA: route...

    C est pas des betises: c est bien une autoroute classee internationnale >>> c est enfait l unique route ouest Paraguayenne.un peu plus de 1000km de terre, de poussiere, et de secousses.YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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  • 9h DU MATIN.... 1er Acte

    Le bus s arrete au milieu de nulpart.Il fait deja chaud.... pas loin des 30degres si pas deja au dessus.Une vingtaine de camions en file dans la poussiere ; touts les chauffeurs dehors.La piste est coupee en 2, une grande mare de boue de quelques dizaines de metres empeche tout passage.Au milieu un camion en mauvaise posture... impossible pour lui...

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  • Passer le temps.... une partie de "13"

    Comme on est coince entre 20 camions, une marre de boue infranchissable et perdu au milieu de nul part, une petite partie de carte s impose.Rencontre de 3 Finois bien cool.

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  • Voyage en bus.... PARAGUAY TRAIL...

    Dimanche 26 decembre 2004,nous partons d Asuncion (la capitale) pour 26h theoriques de route en direction de la Bolivie.Il est 20h, nous montons dans le bus, pensant faire un trajet de plus, comme tout les autres.Il s agit de la route de l est, style autoroute internationale, mais version paraguayenne, c est une pise de terre.Le decor : Nous sommes...

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  • God Is Our Father

    As you're driving around in your rental car, you must visit this iglesia in Cacacupa. It's about an hour and a half outside Asuncion on your way towards the Brazilian border. The drive is wonderful too, with large flowering trees spouting white, yellow, and pink flowers that landscape the roadside.Enjoy...and don't be afraid to pass cars on this 2...

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  • Cheepa, Fresca Cheepa!

    One of the most unique things in Paraguay is the Cheepa vendors. Cheepas, (for all you non-South Americans) are basically bagels made from cheese bread. When fresh and still warm they are quite good, when they are a little old they tend to be as hard as hockey pucks. They seem to be eaten by Paraguayans no matter what condition. Finding cheepas in...

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  • Visit Itaipu Dam

    Itaipu Dam is the largest hydro electric dam in the world. It is an engineering marvel that required over a decade to build. Check out the travelogs for more pics.

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  • The Chaco

    The Chaco is the North Western section of the country. It contains about 60% of the land but is sparsely populated with 3% of the population. The Chaco is very empty region filled with many unique birds, thorny trees and the odd menonite colony. In the summer it is a region of extreme heat with the mercury often above 40C!

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  • Parque Ybycuí

    Parque National Ibycui is a well preserved section of Brazilian rainforest. From the Salto Guarani waterfall there is a trail about 400m that leads to this waterfall. The trail is in good shape, but be aware for giant spider webs (and spiders) at eye level and poisonous snakes at your feet!

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  • Visit the area surrounding...

    Visit the area surrounding Asuncion and see the talented artisans create beautiul pottery and wooden products

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  • Jesuit Ruins at Trinidad, The...

    Jesuit Ruins at Trinidad, The Iguazu Falls and Carnival in Encarnacion.1. The Jesuit Ruins in Trinidad. These ruins are the largest and are in the best condition of all the Jesuit ruins in the Southern Cone. Tours can be undertaken (only in Spanish) explaining the history of the Jesuits in Paraguay (which is fascinating - the creation of the...

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  • Iguazu are the second largest...

    Iguazu are the second largest waterfalls in the world, following Niagara Falls. The waterfalls in Foz de Iguazu. You can feel God and all its power there. The water falls are so enormous and have so much power that walking nearby makes you know that God exists in so much beauty. Its spectacular!Walk around the rails, it passes near the waterfalls,...

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