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This is it: one minute to the best info on Paraguay. This info alone will put you ahead of 99% of foreigners visiting Paraguay, garner the admiration of the locals who will instantly want to be your friends, and the envy of your fellow travelers. Read on. You’ll make friends faster that way, become a traveler instead of simply being a tourist, and also enjoy your travels a lot more.


Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) – between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay – Paraguay lost two-thirds of its adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia,

Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since the country’s return to democracy.

That was it. I promised one minute.

For other condensed info check also my other posts on local culture (don’t make the mistakes I made), local food or local drinks. And when you call your friends to tell them you were by far the most knowledgeable at the party, do that with confidence that you’ll not get hit with a 6.99 per minute bill. You’ll also pick the local food from the tray, and order a local drink with confidence.

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Now, cheers to the most Paraguay aware person at the cocktail party.

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Best places to see in Paraguay

City Center (centro)- Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Asuncion Cabildo- Cultural Center in the old colonial legislative building near the bay area. Casa de la independencia- landmark of the Paraguayan Independence. This is where national heroes gathered to plot against Spanish colonialists in 1811. They marched from here to the Cathedral on Independence Day. Panteon de los Heroes- national memorial site for paraguayan heroes.

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Palacio de Lopez- house the Paraguayan government. Very well lit at night. Estacion Central del Ferrocarril-Paraguay was the first country in South America to have a vapor train. It now houses a museum, but more impressive is the building itself and old wagons. You may be lucky to catch a ride on Sundays to neighbor city of Aregua. This is a tourist ride, the train no longer operates regularly. Teatro Municipal- recently renovated, check for regular shows. Nice cafe inside, you can eat there even if you don’t catch a performance.

Manzana de la Rivera- cultural center in an old colonial house. Has a nice outdoor cafe overlooking the Palacio de Lopez Iglesia de la Encarnación- church with a big pipe organ (the only on in Paraguay). Currently in very poor conditions. Served as a hospital during Guerra del Chaco (1932-1935). Mburuvicha Roga- the chief’s house in guarani, where the presidential family lives.

Centro Cultural de Artes Visuales Museo del Barro- a very good example of paraguayan art, dating from pre colonial ceramics and textiles until very avant garde contemporary art. More info at: Capellania del Migrante- Seminario Metropolitano de Asuncion- very beautiful brick church within a huge lively park where you can see paraguayans play soccer, tennis and jog.

Sunday flea market- along calle Palma, several old men set up their tables selling trinkets, photographs and books. from early morning until noon aproximately. There is a well in the city of Santani (San Pedro) that does not go dry. The town’s museum also contains a large snakeskin.