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Overview to Asuncion: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Asuncion is no Buenos Aires: only a million people live here and there are few sights. But what the city lacks in big-name attractions it makes up for in intrigue and a genuinely unique atmosphere.

The city’s tumultuous history of imperialist interference and strong-willed dictators is visible everywhere through its architecture, which is by turns arcane, colonial and dilapidated. Thankfully, however, crime is rare and the visitor will seldom encounter unwanted situations.

The center is perfectly geometrical, making its grid of avenues easy to negotiate. The main attractions are largely found along the waterfront, the city’s northernmost point. These include the Palacio de Gobierno, with its cultivated gardens, and the impressive Palacio Legislativo.

This second Palace is situated on the north side of the massive Plaza de la Independencia, where the Casa de la Independencia – Paraguay’s oldest building – and the city’s cathedral can also be found. The modest Museo de Bellas Artes sits just a couple of blocks to the east.

Head south and the Plaza de los Heroes soon comes into view. This lush and hugely popular square is home to the Panteon de los Heroes, a monument commemorating Paraguay’s nameless fallen heroes. East of here lies the similarly leafy Plaza Uruguaya.

Asuncion’s population is energetic and its nightlife vibrant. Alcohol, however, is largely shunned in favor of a traditional mug of ‘terere’ (a semi-ritualistic tea). And this might just be the city's key experience: chatting with the locals over a brew amongst the dilapidated, dusty streets.

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