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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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.
Its wide plains, salt flats, swamps and savannahs are home to thousands of plant and cacti species and wildlife such as pumas, tapirs, flamingos, armadillos and jaguars. This biologically rich and sparsely populated land became the unlikely home to 20th century Mennonite settlers from Germany, Russia and Canada, fleeing social and religious persecution.
Renowned for their disciplined, hard working ethic as well as their agricultural expertise, the Mennonites established their own farms, schools and churches in the Chaco in the 1920s. Today the 28,000-strong Mennonite community still speak their own old German dialect, and are the country’s largest milk producers.
One of the ways to best explore this area is to travel along the rivers on the M/S Paraguay cruise boat for a truly unique perspective.
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