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Overview to Paraguay: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Sandwiched between bigger Argentina and Brazil, Paraguay is one of South America’s forgotten destinations. But, like its equally low-key neighbor, Bolivia, what Paraguay lacks in size (and fame) it makes up for in ravishing rural regions and surprisingly compelling cities.
The strangely atmospheric nature of the country’s cities lies in the fact that they are hardly metropolises in a bustling, urban sense. Rather, Asuncion (the capital) trades on a relaxed, homely vibe – aided, in no small part, by the surrounding lush and fertile countryside.
To the south of the capital lie the UNESCO recognized Jesuit missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarangue. Meanwhile, running away to the north, through the jungle of Ybycui towards the colonial town of Concepcion, is the great River Paraguay.
And, once in Concepcion, the country’s untouched wildernesses are within easy reach. Much of the north of Paraguay is covered by the desolate emptiness of the plains of Chaco, where some of the planet’s hottest temperatures have been recorded.
Perhaps due to the precarious situation of many of its native species, Paraguay has become a leading ecotourism destination. In addition to the surging waters of the Iguazu Falls (and neighboring Itaipu Dam), the country is home to some 11 national parks and protected areas.
So whether it’s ecotourism or just plain old-fashioned backpacking, Paraguay’s got more than enough to offer the traveler. Throw in one of the cheapest costs of living in South America, and it’s clear that to miss it out on any tour of the continent would be practically criminal.