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Traditions & Customs in Paraguay

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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 fine (“¿todo bien?”). The answer to that is always, yes everything, and you, (“si estoy bien y vos?”) Even if you are having a terrible day, when someone asks you, like an acquaintance in the street, you always answer yes everything.

Even if you are given food, you are obliged to eat it and say that it is good (rico in Spanish). Saying the opposite to someone you don’t know can be considered cheeky and rude.

Conversation

In Paraguay, due to the small number of tourists and foreigners, people may joke or make fun of you when you first meet them. This is not meant to be rude, but simply to acknowledge the differences between you and them, and should not be interpreted in an offensive way. Paraguayans, like Argentines, have a very biting sense of humour, especially in the cities and among the young.

It is very difficult to find people who speak English in most parts of the country, but if you are very patient and try to communicate in Spanish or with signs, most Paraguayans will try to help you. Those who can will often seek you out and start a conversation themselves, eager to try their English. People are very friendly and helpful and are happy to meet a foreigner.

Punctuality and perception of time

Paraguayans have little awareness of the value and importance of time. Nothing runs on time, and being a few minutes late to a meeting is not uncommon and is considered rude. Flights and buses are almost always expected to be late.

How To Travel To Paraguay

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...

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

Citizens of Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela) as well as Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia do not need a passport to enter the country, only an identity card (cédula de identidad). All other visitors to Paraguay must have a valid passport. Visas are not required for visitors...

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

Paraguay is generally warm most of the year. The Tropic of Capricorn runs through the city of Belén in northern Paraguay, dividing the country into a tropical zone in the north and a temperate zone in the south. The hottest time of the year is from November to February,...

Accommodation & Hotels in Paraguay

It is certainly not difficult to find good accommodation in the major cities and it seems reasonably cheap if the parameter is the dollar or the euro. The exception, however, is Ciudad del Este. In Ciudad del Este, the cheapest accommodation is near the bus station, with double rooms...

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

Food in Paraguay Paraguayan food is one of the most varied in South America. Paraguayans are used to eating typical dishes several times a week throughout the year. You will find much of the standard South American cuisine, as well as some Brazilian influence. Paraguayan food is not particularly spicy,...

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

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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