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What to see in Paraguay

Paraguay Attractions


This vibrant country in the centre of South America is relatively undiscovered by tourists and therefore doesn't have the same extensive offering of traditional sightseeing attractions as some of its well-known neighbours. Although this can make it more difficult to know where to go and what to do, the uncommercialised nature of travel in Paraguay is a huge part of the country's appeal for travellers because the culture feels so authentic and the tourist sites aren't packed with crowds.

Paraguay is a great place to visit for lovers of waterfalls and rainforest. The beautiful Saltos del Monday waterfall is the centrepiece of the Municipal Park Monday which is a great outdoor playground for tourists wanting to experience the natural glory of Paraguay. There are camping facilities, picnic sites and hiking trails and tour operators offer fun adventure activities like climbing and rappelling alongside the dramatic falls. The park is easily accessible from the city of Ciudad del Este, which is also the gateway to the magnificent Iguazu Falls shared by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Other wonderful wilderness areas in Paraguay include the eight Itaipu Ecological Reserves which protect swathes of Paraguay's remaining rainforest, as well as the vast Cerro Cora National Park, and Ybycui National Park, which is conveniently located near Asuncion.

Although the historic centre of Asuncion offers some worthy landmarks, museums and monuments, the most highly-regarded cultural attraction of Paraguay is the collection of 17th-century Jesuit missions near the city of Encarnacion. These UNESCO-listed wonders are a treat to explore - the best preserved of the three sites is Trinidad de Parana but La Santisima and Jesus de Tavarangue are definitely also worth a visit.


Ciudad del Este

Located on Paraguay's border with Brazil, Ciudad del Este is the second largest city in Paraguay and is considered the…

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Encarnacion

Encarnacion, located 200 miles (374km) from Asuncion, is primarily a market town. The entire city was relocated when…

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Filadelfia

An island of German culture in Paraguay, Filadelfia was founded as a Russian Mennonite colony in 1930. The neat little…

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