Paraguay Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Paraguay

Where is it?: Paraguay is in Central South America, northeast of Argentina.

Why do people go here?: Paraguay doesn’t attract too many travelers, given the host of attractions in surrounding countries. Those who do visit Paraguay usually visit Chaco, an enormous wilderness area.

What are the main entry points?: It’s best to fly into Asuncion. Otherwise, you can go overland from Argentina. The overland from Bolivia and Brazil are very difficult.

Currency used: Guarani

Country Code for Phones: 595

Area codes for Major Cities: Asuncion 212

Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, Mennonite, and other Protestant

Population: 6.3 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Mestizo (mixed Spanish and Amerindian) 95%

Government: Constitutional Presidential Republic

Languages: Spanish (official), Guarani (official)

Travel Information

Major Cities: Asuncion

Attractions: The Chaco

Accommodation: Paraguay Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: None

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Piribebuy

Health Issues: Cholera, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Since you won’t be visiting any beach, then it’s best to avoid the cold months of July & August. The summer months of December through February are the best.

Common Phrases: Chao = Goodbye. Mbareté = Cool. Cuanto cuesta? = How much?. Donde esta? = Where is?. Como se llama? = What is your name?. Me llamo= My name is

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Paraguay is the Guarani International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Paraguay travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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