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Honeymoon in Paraguay

Paraguay, a land of great contrasts of landscape

Nature in Paraguay

Rolling hills of the Sierras, natural reserves of dense subtropical forests, extensive palm tree savannas, and an infinite number of rivers, streams, and lagoons make up the varied Paraguayan landscape, the original territory of the extensive Guaraní World.

The natural environment presents  great contrasts: the grasslands and marshes of Ñeembucú, the thorny dry-forests of Boquerón, the palm savannas of Presidente Hayes, the beautiful ridges of the  hills of the Sierras of Ybytyruzú, and the crystal clear water streams of Concepcion. Paraguay is a country to be  discovered with the same passion as that of the early explorers that arrived to  these lands of sun and forests.

Green and dense forests, sheer and aggressive hills, impressive falls, lagoons, cascades, rivers, creeks, parks, and natural  reserves with rich flora and varied fauna, both with exotic species, make Paraguay a singular tourist destination.

The landscape in the Western or Chaco Region includes  palm savannas, fresh and salt water lagoons, and dense forests. In this backdrop, the local population and immigrants of German descent and twenty  native ethnic groups, create a cross-cultural environment of great interest for  tourists and academics that visit the country.

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The “Bajo Chaco” (Lower Chaco), a name given to the  Southern part of the Paraguayan Chaco, is an area formed by the intersection of  the Paraguay and Pilcomayo Rivers. The main economic activity of  this region is cattle ranching. The “Transchaco” Road and its secondary roads  cross this region through palm tree savannas and flooded wetlands. This region  has a great variety of birds, mammals such as the largest rodent in the world,  the capybaras, and large reptiles such as the “Yacarés” (South American  alligators).

The “Chaco Seco” (Dry Chaco) also known as “Chaco Boreal” occupies a great part of the Paraguayan  Chaco’s surface and it is composed of semi-arid savannas with low forests. This area is rich in biological diversity, with animals that include the endangered  “Taguá” peccaries, “Yaguareté” (the South American Jaguar) and the Puma also known as the American Lion, as well as innumerable reptiles, birds, and small  mammals.

Other great attractions of the country include the native fauna and flora with 167 mammals, 701 birds, 100  reptiles, 46 amphibians, 230 fish, 100,000 invertebrate species, 13,000 vascular plants, 298 trees and shrubs distributed in 767 species.

Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay

The city was founded by Juan de Salazar y Espinoza on August 15, 1537, and has been called the “mother of cities” because during the colonial age Asunción became an important place to rest and a supply center for those who arrived from Europe and the River Plate, searching for the gold and the silver of the Alto Perú.

Due to the great number of public works and the buildings constructed during the government of Don Carlos Antonio López and his son Francisco Solano, Asunción became a modern city. Many of these buildings do still exist, although they experienced great damage during the Triple Alliance War (1864 – 1870), also called “The Great War”. Once this war was over, a reconstruction process started in the country.

Today the city has a lovely appearance because of the combination of antique and modern buildings. Asunción offers many different alternatives with proper infrastructure equipped with the latest technology devices for congresses, conventions, fairs and international seminars..

A route by historical museums and buildings

  1. Palacio de Gobierno, Mariscal Francisco Solano López e/ Ayolas y Oleary
  2. Manzana de la Rivera, Ayolas Nº 129 e/ Benjamín Constant y Mariscal Francisco Solano López
  3. Casa de la Independencia, 14 de Mayo y Pdte. Franco
  4. Oratorio Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y Panteón Nacional de los Héroes, Palma y Chile
  5. Museo del Cabildo- Centro Cultural de la República, Av. República e/ Chile y Alberdi
  6. Iglesia de la Catedral, Independencia Nacional y Mariscal Francisco Solano López.
  7. Museo Sinforiano Bogarín
  8. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mcal. Estigarribia e Iturbe
  9. Estación Central del Ferrocarril Carlos Antonio López, Eligio Ayala y México
  10. Museo Etnografico Dr. Andrés Barbero, España 217 y Mompox
  11. Centro de Artes Visuales (Museo del Barro), Grabadores del Cabichui e/ Emeterio Miranda y Cañada

Gastronomy

Traditional meals are made with beef, corn, and manioc as primary ingredients, and are the basis of Paraguayan gastronomy. “Chipa” and “Mbeyú” are among the typical delights (breads made with starch and fresh cheese), the “Chipa Guazú” (corn soufflé), the “Payaguá Mascada” (cake made from manioc and beef) and the “Sopa Paraguaya” (made with corn flour, fresh cheese, and onion).

General information on Paraguay

Geographical Situation

Paraguay, the heart of South America, is a landlocked country located between latitudes 19º 18´ S and 27º 36´ S and longitude 59º 19´ W and 62º 38´ W. It is bordered on the northern side with Bolivia and Brazil, on the eastern side with Brazil and Argentina, on the southern side with Argentina, and on the western side with Bolivia and Argentina. The average summer temperature is between 25ºC and 35ºC while the average winter temperatures is between 10ºC and 20ºC.

Departments

Alto Paraguay, Alto Paraná, Amambay, Boquerón, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Canindeyú, Central, Concepción, Guairá, Itapúa, Cordillera, Misiones, Ñeembucú, Paraguarí, Presidente Hayes and San Pedro.

Weather

Tropical to Subtropical
Average Temperature: 25ºC to 35ºC during summer and 10ºC to 20ºC during winter.

Time Zone

GMT-4.

Population

6,068,000 inhabitants.

Official Languages

Spanish and Guaraní.

Currency

Guarani, US Dollars are also accepted.

Airport Tax

31 dollars.

Drinking water

Running water is drinkable.

Power supply

220 volts and 50 cycles.

Official Holidays

January 1 - New Year’s Day;
March 1 - Heroes Day;
Holy Thursday and Good Friday
May 1 - Labor Day;
May 15 - Independence Day
June 12 - Peace of the Chaco War
August 15 - Foundation of Asunción
December 8 - Virgin of Caacupé
December 25 - Christmas Day

Admittance Requirements

Visitors coming from MERCOSUR-countries, Chile and Bolivia: national identity card or valid passport. Citizen from other countries: valid passport with or without visa (please ask for information at the Foreign Office.

Source: www.senatur.gov.py

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