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Landlocked, rural Paraguay is a bit of an unknown quantity for visitors, well off the beaten track, and culturally very different from its neighbours, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. However it’s a friendly, quirky place, easily reached by land from neighbouring attractions such as the Iguazú Falls which is just over the border from bustling Ciudad del Este where duty free goods are snapped up by Brazilian and Argentinian day trippers.

It’s more than a tax free shop however. Northwest from the capital, Asuncion, stretches a vast, flat, stiflingly hot territory of salt flats, swampland, dry forest and cattle ranches, the scarcely populated Chaco. Inhospitable, maybe: but various species of wild mammal such as armadillo, tapir and even jaguar survive here. East and south of the capital tropical forest is more lush and home to an array of tropical birds. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed and numerous national parks are abundant with wildlife.

The indigenous population of Guaraní indians is still very much in evidence and their language is spoken widely. Colonial Spain has left its mark here, in the sleepy riparian capital Asunción, and the country is dotted with the ruins of Jesuit settlements. Remote Paraguay has always offered a refuge for people under threat, from European Mennonites to refugees from Nazi Germany.

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Our insider tips for Paraguay

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Go for a whimsical stroll through Graham Greene territory, ambling along the banks for River Paraguay in the centre of the capital, Asunción. Close by is the Palacio de Gobierno, built in the style of Versailles, from which the despot Alfredo Stroessner was fabled to have escaped in his pyjamas during the 1989 coup.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Encarnación, on the border with Argentina, is now known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ and has clean and inviting river beaches which it is keen to show off with its brand new Costanera road and promenade. From the riverside there are great views of the high-rise Posadas skyline and there are even trendy neon and Buddha-theme beach bars which spring to life in summer with Argentine and Paraguay holidaymakers.

Stuart

Stuart Whittington

Visit Filadelfia, a Mennonite dairy farming settlement in the Chaco where the very religious population still speaks a version of High German. There’s a museum where the pioneering history of the region is narrated.

What our experts say

I have travelled through Paraguay many times over the past 30 years. It's a quirky backwater in which to spend a few days, with its own distinctive culture including distincive harp music. A refuge for people fleeing from persecution, as well as a Duty Free goods paradise (including many forgeries), it has a history of bloodshed and dictatorship but also many attractive and tranquil spots in its unchanging rural landscapes.   

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Etienne Frans

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