Reasons to Visit
Paraguay's steamy capital and largest city. Shiny skyscrapers stand behind weather-worn colonial buildings and most of the main sights are within walking distance. Visit the stunning, white Presidential Palace and catch the changing of the guard at the Panteón de los Heroes.
A joint Paraguayan and Brazilian venture, the vast Itaipú Dam is the largest operational hydro-electric plant in the world, producing 90% of Paraguay's annual electricity consumption. It straddles the Paraná River close to the famous Iguazu Falls.
Visit the Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesús - impressive colonial remains where missionaries and Guarani Indians once lived and learned harmoniously together.
Catch a game of fútbol (soccer) with all the accompanying hysteria, it's one of the most popular sports in Paraguay.
Explore the vast, thorny wilderness of Chaco - host to exotic and endangered animals and birds including capybara, anacondas, toucans and alligators and unique Mennonite settlements.
Head up the Rio Paraguay on a local passenger boat. You'll pass remote farming villages and it's a relaxing way to see the countryside.
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Ideally situated for excursions to the nearby missions and yerba maté plantations, and just 28 miles from the centre of Encarnación, the Hotel Papillon is far superior to other hotels in the vicinity.
Paraguay’s steamy capital and largest city, Asunción, sitting on the left bank of the Rio Paraguay, is a city of many contrasts.
Sitting on the north bank of the Rio Parana on Paraguay's southern border with Argentina lies the city of Encarnacion. Perhaps the biggest attraction of Encarnacion are the Jesuit ruins of Trinidad and Jesus, which are the best preserved in the country.
In the north and west of Paraguay, the Chaco, South America’s largest dry forest, contains an extraordinary number of plant and bird species and is a special area of conservation.
Dwarfed by its huge neighbours, Paraguay is off the radar for many people visiting South America as it doesn’t have any of the obvious attractions of the continent. However it is something of a ‘cult’ destination; part of its attraction is the very fact that it is so little visited.
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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