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How To Travel To Paraguay

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By air

Paraguay has no national airline and, despite its central location in South America, air services are not numerous. Currently, the only intercontinental flight is the twice-weekly Air Europa service between Madrid and Asuncion. Most foreign travellers therefore have to change planes in São Paulo (for those coming from North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia), in Buenos Aires or Santiago (for those coming from Australia and the Pacific), and in Lima or Panama (for those coming from Central America and the Caribbean). The main international airport is Silvio Pettirosi (ASU), 10 km from the capital Asunción.

Currently, the following airlines offer direct flights to Paraguay:

TAM (from Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima and Santa Cruz de la Sierra).

By train

There is a new rail shuttle between Encarnación, Paraguay, and Posadas, Argentina. The service connects the two sides of the international border in 10 minutes by crossing the Paraná River on the San Roque González de Santa Cruz International Bridge.

By bus

There are bus services to and from various cities in South America. You can take a bus from Santiago, Chile; São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cordoba, Argentina; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The buses are very modern and some of them have seats that turn completely into beds. In Spanish they are called cama. The inclination of the half-camas for the most part.

The bus to and from Bolivia crosses the Chaco. Only one bus company makes the trip, from Santa Cruz to Asunción, with possible stops in Villamontes (Bolivia) or a few kilometres from Filadelfia (Paraguay), but generally for the same price. Note that tourists have to bargain, prices are at least 45 USD (payable in local currency or USD). The trip takes at least a full day, easily more. Note that the bus from Santa Cruz passes Villamontes around 02:00.

The bus from Ciudad Del Este (Paraguay), on the border with Brazil, is generally cheaper to get to Rio or São Paulo than the bus from Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). To get to Puerto Iguazú (Argentina), many buses go through Brazil (without Brazilian border control) for only 10 ARS or 10,000 PYG. It is best to go to the border in advance to get an exit stamp for Paraguay as not all buses stop, otherwise ask before you jump on a bus.

By boat

The Aquidaban boat leaves Concepción regularly once a week and travels up the Paraguay River to Bahía Negra, stopping at all the Paraguayan ports north of the border with Brazil. These boats are not designed to accommodate large numbers of passengers, so expect a stifling crowd, but you can buy just about anything on board, even cold beer.

How To Travel Around Paraguay

By taxi Taxis are the most efficient and reliable means of transport, although you can probably also get there by bus, or colectivo as the Paraguayans call it. Taxis are expensive compared to other prices in Paraguay, and in Asunción, fares are determined by the taximeter. Tipping in taxis is...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Paraguay

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Destinations in Paraguay

Regions Gran ChacoThe great wild and semi-arid plains of the northwest of the country.Paraná PlateauThe forested highlands of eastern Paraguay, along the Paraná River, where the second largest city, Ciudad del Este, is located, right across from the Iguaçu Falls.Paraneña NorthSouthern ParaneñaThis is the centre of the country's population, in...

Weather & Climate in Paraguay

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Accommodation & Hotels in Paraguay

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Things To See in Paraguay

The capital, Asunción, is home to many of the country's attractions.In Trinidad you can visit the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Paraguay: the Jesuit missions La Santisima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesus de Tavarangue.In the town of Santani (San Pedro), there is a fountain that does not run...

Things To Do in Paraguay

Cruise on the Paraguay River. Cruise on a luxurious wooden boat from the ports of Asunción to the Pantanal and Chaco region. NOTE: Due to maintenance work on the ship, cruises have been suspended since March 2013.Take a walk through the historic centre of the city of Asunción. Many...

Food & Drinks in Paraguay

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Money & Shopping in Paraguay

Paraguay has a very rich and varied handicraft, from silver filigree (luque) to fine cotton lace in the form of Ñanduti (itaugua), everything is present. Also leather goods with local embellishments "repujado" (Atyra) and embroidery ao poi, encaje yu. Clay pottery (Ita) and weaving are also very popular, cheap...

Festivals & Holidays in Paraguay

DateEnglish name1 JanuaryNew Year's EveMarch/AprilMaundy Thursday/BirthdayMarch/AprilGood FridayMay 1stLabour Day14 and 15 MayParaguayan independence12 June and beyondCeasefire in Chaco15 AugustFoundation of Asunción29 SeptemberVictory day at the Battle of Boqueron8 DecemberMaid of Caacupe25 DecemberChristmas Day

Traditions & Customs in Paraguay

It is still considered polite for men to shake hands when they meet. Between a man and a woman or two women, it is customary to shake hands and give a kiss on each cheek. Similarly, when meeting people, they don't ask how you are, but if everything is...

Language & Phrasebook in Paraguay

Both Spanish and Guarani are official languages. Most people in Paraguay speak Spanish and there is very limited use of English. Outside Asunción and the major cities, you will only hear Guarani. Because of the extensive use of Guarani, even those who have managed to learn Spanish do not...

Culture Of Paraguay

Paraguay's cultural heritage can be traced back to the many intermarriages between the first male Spanish settlers and the indigenous Guaraní women. Their culture is strongly influenced by various European countries, including Spain. Therefore, Paraguayan culture is a fusion of two cultures and traditions: a European culture and a...

History Of Paraguay

The first inhabitants of Paraguay were the indigenous people. The Guaraníes were the largest indigenous group inhabiting what is now eastern Paraguay. They lived as semi-nomadic hunters who also practised subsistence agriculture. Other groups of indigenous tribes lived in the Chaco region, such as the Guaycurú and the Payaguá,...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Paraguay

Stay Safe in Paraguay There are not many big cities and if you use common sense and street smarts you are unlikely to get into trouble. The police are notoriously corrupt and if you are stopped for any reason you will almost certainly be asked to pay a bribe. In...

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