off the beaten path location, good weather, affordable, friendly people, taerae!
Huge income gap, lots of poverty and a bad rep for crime (though I was fine!!!)
In a nutshell
The pro's outweigh the con's and any experience here is made better by the friendly people ready to help (aside from people at bus terminals and crowded markets)
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...more
We found it difficult to find budget or cheap accommodation in Asuncion. There didn't seem to be any...more
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...more
Ciudad del Este
Across the Parana river from Brazil, Ciudad del Este is the 2nd biggest city in all of Paraguay. It is a shopping haven for the bargain hunter. You can buy anything from counterfeit viagra to exotic pets to AK47s. I wouldn't recommend you did though! This is also a highly used smuggling route into the rest of South America. Be warnedmore
11 de Setiembre y Luis Ma. Argana, Ciudad Del Este, 7000, Paraguay
Good for: Solo
Ciudad Del Este (literally Eastern city) lies across the river from Brazil, and also very close to Argentina. It serves as a huge shopping opportunity for locals and tourists. Not very easy on the eye and pretty ramshackle and dusty, I wouldn't recommend it as your only taste of Paraguay.more
Paraguay has one of the rare geological oddities. Only found in few other places (South Africa and Canada), Cerro Koi is the only location in South America where sandstone can be found in naturally occurring polygonal shafts.The cost is free, however there are a few favelas nearby so it has been recommended by a few locals to go with a security...more
Beaches are not a commonality in Paraguay. While there are many rivers in the country, very few are safe or clean for swimming. There is a man-made beach in Encarnacion, but that is a far drive for most.Lago Ypacarai offers a partial solution. From a distance, the blue waters look inviting and refreshing on the hot days. However, the closer you...more
If you read my Asuncion page or possibly some other literature on Paraguay, you may know that Paraguay had the first railroad in South America.Although there is work on going to restore some portions of these lines, most of it is run down and dilapidated.Aregua has one of the original stations. The building is still in decent condition, but most...more
I was told that this was the world's least visited UNESCO site. And while I may actually say that the neighboring site of Jesus de Tavarangue is less traveled, it is hard to argue when you visit a site for about 3 hours and are the only person there. Not only that, but the ticket/info booth show a roster that was empty for 3 days.The Jesuit ruins...more
Ruta 1 Kilometre 361, Barrio Quiteria , Encarnacion, 6000, Paraguay
Good for: Families
While Paraguay has had a very dynamic past, the present day culture is very much rooted in Guarani culture.However, from the late 1600's until the 1760's, the Jesuits among others had a very large concentration and influence in the area. There are several ruins built of stone in the region. They are of various sizes and condition, but it is...more
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You can fly to Mariscal Estigarriba (call sign: ESG), but it's not any airline destination.
I still don't know what the status of the field is.
In 1999 I discovered an open hangar being build, but still empty.
There is a small station building (4 rooms) with fresh water and a radio to guide the occasional visiting plane.
One soldier at the gate.
Update: Around 2005 US marines were stationed here to increase political pressure.Related to:
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La Rosada was the original name of the first steel foundry in South America. It may be primitive compared to modern technology, but it was quite modern at the time.Much of it was destroyed during the Triple Alliance War, but it was functional from 1850~1868.The local mountains were mined for the raw ingredients. Many of the structures are still...more
The national park of Ybycui is well known relatively speaking for parks in Paraguay. The infrastructure may not be the same as many international visitors may be expecting.However the trails and parking area are relatively well maintained. I did a couple of the short hikes, but there are many to choose from and waterfalls too. Unfortunately my...more
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If you come to San Bernardino, chances are that you will be coming by a private car. Public transportation does exist, but it is neither the most convenient nor common.Option #1 - if you come to San Bernardino, the most direct route will be HW-2. This is the fastest and most direct route, but it is also the least attractive. (about 40km one...more
While the dress code may not be fully elegant, the restaurant is probably one of the more sophisticated in town. But don't let that scare you away, if you are wearing shorts and sandals, you will still fit right in, even for dinner.The tables have linens and the walls are decorated with art and decor to try to make it feel like a French Cafe. While...more
There are not many stores in Caacupe except for the street vendors which congregate around the Basilica. There is just about everything you can think of, from food kiosks, to hats, to belts and leather, to children's toys, etc. The most unique thing here would be the small homage of the Virgin of Caacupe. You will find many of them sold around the...more
The main basilica in central Caacupe looks impressive from the outside. It is massive, white and stands above the trees and skyline of the city higher than anything else. However, upon closer inspection, the basilica is actually quite banal and new (built in 1980). It is however a new building for the Virgin of Caacupe, whose stories go back to...more
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