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About Paraguay

Surrounded by superstar neighbours, Paraguay is often overlooked thanks to its location slightly off the well-worn gringo trail between Brazil and Argentina. But skip Paraguay and you’ll also be missing out on an authentic slice of Latin America. After all, this is a country that lays claim to parts of the stunning Iguassu Falls and throws a mean Carnaval. Paraguay is also a country of extremes: you’ll find hand-made artisanal shops standing alongside mega shopping centres, the poor sharing fences with the wealthy, and horse-drawn carts clip-clopping through Asuncion’s modern streets. With a rich history and wealth of national parks to be discovered, all you have to do is decide where to begin.

Paraguay facts

Capital City

Asuncion

Population

6.802 million

Language

Spanish and Guaraní Spanish

Currency

Paraguayan guaraní

Time zone

GMT -4

Electricity

Type C

Dialing code

+595

Best time to visit

Paraguay is hottest from December to February and coldest between June and August. The wet season is from October to November. The best time to visit is between May and September when the weather is more temperate and pleasant. Partygoers should also look at visiting in February, when the country erupts into Carnaval.

Paraguay travel FAQs

  • Canada: Yes, required in advance
  • New Zealand: Yes, required in advance
  • USA: Yes, required in advance
  • United Kingdom: Yes, required in advance
  • Australia: Yes, required in advance
  • France: Yes, required in advance

Contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Paraguay to determine if you are eligible for a visa. To learn more about visas, visit the official website of the Paraguayan government at http://www.mre.gov.py

While tipping isn't mandatory in Paraguay, it's customary to add spare change or a round up your restaurant bills. Although some restaurants and bars may already include a 10% service charge within the bill, feel free to add more if the service was good. Taxi drivers generally don't expect tips.

Internet cafes can be found in Paraguay's large cities and towns frequented by tourists. Internet availability is less widespread in rural and remote areas, so be prepared to disconnect for a while when travelling out of the city.

You should be able to use your mobile phone in Paraguay's cities, but prepare for less coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming enabled before leaving your home country.

Public toilets aren’t always readily available in Paraguay and, when they are, you will often be required to pay a fee to use them. Most bus terminals will charge around 1500G (USD 25c) for access and a small supply of paper. It’s advisable that you use the toilets in restaurants and hotels when you can. It’s important to remember that you do not flush the toilet paper. There is a bin beside the toilet to dispose of paper. Most buses will have an on-board toilet, however budget services (or services in remote area) may not. It's a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser, as these aren't always provided.

Hour ride on the bus = 10,200G

Hour of Internet use in a cyber café = 3,000G

1kg of laundry at a public Laundromat = 12,000G

Bottle of beer = 5,000G

Coffee = 9,650G

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = 25,000G

Drinking tap water in Paraguay is not recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water - ask your leader where filtered water can be found. In rural areas where it is not possible to buy bottled water it is recommended that water be treated before drinking. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Credit cards can be used at most top-end hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist establishments. Expect to pay cash when dealing with smaller vendors, family-run restaurants and market stalls.

ATMs can be found in most of Paraguay's major cities and tourist areas. ATMs are far less common in rural areas and small villages so have enough cash to cover purchases when travelling away from the larger cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

1 January New Year's Day

1 March Heroes' Day

13 April Maundy Thursday

14 April Good Friday

16 March Easter Sunday

1 May Labour Day

14 May Independence Day

12 June Chaco Armistice Day

15 August Founding of Asunción

29 September Boqueron Battel Victory Day

8 December Immaculate Conception

25 December Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Paraguay go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/paraguay/public-holidays