Paraguay, little known but not least attractive, is located in South America, traversed by Paraguay river which divides the region and the eastern Chaco. Bordered by Bolivia to the northwest, south and southeast to the east by Argentina and Brazil.
Paraguay’s climate ranges from tropical in the Chaco and subtropical in the eastern region. In summer (December-February) the average temperature is 27 degrees C, while in winter (June-August) is 17 º C. The rains are regular throughout the year, especially in the vicinity of Brazil.
The entry requirements for Paraguay is not very different for different visitors. Citizens of neighboring countries that do not need identity cards, the rest of the tourists must present a passport, but do not require a visa if the stay is up to three months. In addition, visitors to Canada, New Zealand and Australia to prove that they have no criminal record, pay $ 10 fee and submit proof showing that banks have sufficient funds for the cost of the stay.
The official currency is the guarani (PYG), although U.S. dollars are widely received. Recommends limited to banks and exchange houses for the official currency conversion, as the street money changers often operate with forged banknotes. Travelers checks are easier to change if you have the receipt. Credit cards are not as widely received, although some hotels and tourist restaurants are MasterCard, Visa and American Express. In urban centers there are many ATMs which accept Cirrus, Maestro and Visa are recommended to be alert when operating the ATM by the existing risk of assault.
The restaurants tend to add a service charge to bills, otherwise a 10% tip is sufficient. A janitors and staff of the hotels are often given little boy as a tip change. While taxi drivers do not expect a tip, you should fix the fare before the trip.
In Paraguay there are several health problems that should be watchful, especially if you think deeper into the countryside and come into contact with local populations. We recommend vaccination against hepatitis A for all visitors, as against typhoid to all who plan to eat in places other than the best restaurants and hotels, or those planning a cruise. Those coming from infected areas or wish to visit the tropics to the east and west of the country must be vaccinated against yellow fever. Malaria is a disease endemic to Paraguay and has reported major outbreaks of dengue, because of this it is recommended to protect themselves from insect bites and take pills for malaria. Unless the water has previously been sterilized, it is recommended limited consumption of bottled water and avoid consuming food or beverage vendors. Pharmacies and hospitals are good in Asunción, but the rest of the country tend to be scarce or not well equipped. Doctors and hospitals expect cash payments. In the event of an illness that requires an important treatment will require transfer to a country with better medical facilities, so it is advisable to hire a travel medical insurance with coverage.
Visits to Paraguay are generally not problematic, however, must take into account an increase in the rate of crimes, especially armed robberies in this city, Asuncion and Pedro Juan Caballero. It is advisable to take some basic precautions such as not carry large sums of money, jewelry or use value objects to display in the streets and public transport. In many parts of the country, especially in border and interior, there are military and police to monitor documentation.
Demonstrations often turn violent, so it is recommended to avoid them.
Should take into account the conservative Paraguayan customs and respect the rules of courtesy. As in neighboring countries, the Paraguayans have a nap after lunch and meetings with friends and talk to make mate.
Where to go:
Asuncion, the capital, is an interesting mix of neighborhoods and homes on the hills along the Paraguay River. Some things that can not be overlooked on a visit to this city is the Casa Viola, the Government Palace, the Casa de Cultura Paraguaya of Independence and the Modern Museum of Barro, the Botanical Garden, Zoo and the Cathedral and its museum.
Chaco, an area of significant indigenous population also has several interesting places to visit. These include the Philadelphia Mennonite community, the magnificent Halbstadt-Neu, a former settlement Loma Plata and National Park Defensores del Chaco.
In the Eastern Region of the country there are several places, many near the capital, worth knowing at this visit as Itaguá, Sab Bernardino and Areguá Ybycuí or National Park Cerro Cora. Additionally, you can visit the Jesuit Ruins of Trinidad, Santa Maria or San Ignacio Guazú.
Some of the festivals to enjoy in this country are the Day of San Blas and the Carnival in February, the commemoration of the Foundation for Asuncion in August and the day of the Chaco Peace in June.
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