Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Paraguay things to do and see on a trip of a lifetime.
If Paraguay is not on your bucket list, prepare to make some room. This small forgotten country is now considered one of South America’s greatest charms. From the bustling atmosphere of the city’s capital to the exclusive sandy beaches, you are sure to get a taste of everything when visiting this country. Read on to discover the top attractions of Paraguay.
#1. Asunción – Paraguay things to do
Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, is one of South America’s oldest cities and is worth the visit. In the morning, brush up on your history, and visit Casa de la Independencia, the house where Paraguay proclaimed their independence. Then take a stroll to the Palacio de Gobierno followed by the Panteon Nacional de Los Héroes.
When you start to feel yourself getting hungry, refuel at Paraguay’s most famous eatery, Lido Bar, for some tasty empanadas. But hold off on quenching your thirst, because once night falls, you’re going to want to indulge in Asunción’s contemporary nightlife. Check out Britannia Pub for their extensive selection of draft beers, or Casa Clari for a laid-back cocktail lounge. And when you feel like dancing, head to Pirata bar, for live music and rooftop views that will make you swing.
#2. Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná – Paraguay things to do
The Jesuit Missions, also known as the “ruins of Trinidad” to the locals, are the remaining treasures of small colonies that were established by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. Exploring this historical site is a terrific way to understand the impact of the early missions in the Jesuit community. Walking through the ruins allows you to visualize how the Jesuit’s accomplished building small communities. Plan for some time spent here, because one of our experienced tour guides is sure to take you back in time.
#3. Visit a Ranch – Paraguay things to do
Families, backpackers, and traveling couples alike enjoy vacationing on ranches in the countryside of Paraguay. Activities on these farms consist of horseback riding through the fields, swimming in nearby lakes, and hiking through the land of agriculture. The high popularity of wanting to play cowboy for a day has opened up numerous large estancia’s (ranches) to both urban and foreign tourists. Ranchers welcome friendly faces that wish to participate in any field activities, sports, or simply reconnect with nature.
#4. Learn some Guarani Phrases – Paraguay things to do
Did you know Guarani is the indigenous language of Paraguay? Luckily, 90% of Paraguayans speak Guarani and Spanish, so you should be fine speaking Spanish. During your time in the country, listen to the locals speaking in their native tongue. The language is sweet to the ears and similarly, to Spanish, it exerts emotion. Guarani is more common in the rural areas of the country, but throughout the country Paraguayans love their native language, so give it a try, hello how are you is mbaé’chepa (bah-eh-sheh-pah).
#5. Make a quick stop at Iguazu Falls – Paraguay things to do
“Poor Niagra,” is an appropriate reaction when gazing at Iguazu Falls. Although Paraguay does not have a view of the falls, Ciudad del Este is a quick trip to Foz do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side. However, make sure to apply for a visa if need be or pay the Argentine reciprocity fee before trying to cross the border.
This natural beauty, located on the Brazilian and Argentinian borders, has grown in popularity over the recent years, as tourists call it “one of the great sights of the world.” The falls have become an inspiration to movie producers, professional photographers, travel bloggers, and Instagram fanatics. Though documenting your experience at the falls is a must, make sure to spend some time soaking in the view without the use of a camera. While photos are great, I guarantee that they won’t be able to do these glimmering waterfalls justice.
#6. Visit the Tri-Boarder between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay – Paraguay things to do
After a visit to Iguazu Falls, nearby you will find the Triple Frontier, the border where three countries meet: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. This border is particularly unique because the Parana River and the Iguazu River merge. Here you can see the Tancredo Neves International Bridge that connects Argentina and Brazil. Each country has an obelisk where you can see all three countries at once. Iguazu Falls makes it easy to combine a trip Paraguay with Argentina and Brazil.
#7. Drink some mate – Paraguay things to do
The traditional drink in Paraguay, along with Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil is called mate. Sometimes referred to as yerba mate. Yerba mate is a tea-like drink and commonly served hot from a hollow gourd and drank from a metal straw. This highly caffeinated drink is traditionally passed around with a group of friends. Don’t be surprised if you see the locals carrying around a thermos of hot water and a gourd; mate is something you can enjoy anywhere and anytime.