Who doesn’t know the United States, Brazil or China? There are destinations that everyone knows and there are others that are more for skilled travellers. Paraguay is definitely one of them. And that will make you avoid mass tourism.
Few tourists implies few tourist infrastructures. In Paraguay, the border between the indigenous people and the visitor doesn’t exist anymore, in opposition to what can sometimes be seen in the most popular tourist countries. There, any experience will be authentic, whether it is a simple meal in a restaurant or a visit to the countryside.
It’s hard to meet people more welcoming than in Paraguay. As in most of South America, people are very friendly and very attached to their family. No doubt you will be “adopted” very quickly in Paraguay. A shared meal, or even just a simple and true meeting are enough. What is also certain is that you will soon adopt Paraguay in return.
The history of Paraguay may often be ignored, but it is not less exciting for the traveller who will take the time to discover it. For example, this small country is home to the most impressive Jesuit ruins in the world.
Paraguay is truly a country like no other. Between its history and its atmosphere, it owns a profoundly unique and absolutely seductive character. Going there may be the ultimate chance to taste a certain idea of exoticism, from New World resurfacing from an adventurous past, as it has aroused the interest of great travellers over the past centuries.
Paraguayan culture is a mixture of traditional indigenous culture and popular culture imported by the Spanish during colonization. Folk music is very rich, mainly played with guitar and harp (introduced by the Jesuits and adopted by the Indians), as well as the dynamic “polkas” that animate every popular festival in the country or the more romantic guaranias.
Violinists, double bassists and “bandoneonista” complete the typical Paraguayan orchestra, while the manufacture of nanduti lace is a specialty of the Guarani community. The country is also famous for its filigree jewellery. The indigenous culture like Guarani’s is still very important in Paraguay, giving you the opportunity to experience truly authentic moments.
Corn is the basis of Paraguayan cuisine. A cuisine quite similar to Argentinian’s: you can find parilladas (a piece of grilled beef and pork meat), the tripe, empanadas (stuffed with ham, cheese, minced meat…), or milk jam. This jam goes along with queso, a typical Paraguayan cheese. Chipa, a yucca (manioc) bread baked with eggs and cheese, albondigas, or meatball soup, are other specialities of the country. Manioc replaces potatoes and sometimes bread in the poorest regions.
Paraguay has many hidden treasures, that any experienced traveler will love to explore.
Either by hiking through the semi-arid Gran Chaco that occupies half of the country.
Or cruising through the spectacular flooded landscapes of the Pantanal Wetlands.
This sparsely populated country is rewarding for people seeking wilderness and solitude.
It comprises picturesque waterfalls and lakes, such as Salto Del Monday or Ojo de Mar; where magnificent cenotes of vibrant green waters are inhabited by exotic birds and the rare Yacaré morotí crocodile.
Even though Paraguay is landlocked, it has several concealed treasures that mimic the sea.
Whether it is the sandy beaches of Laguna Blanca, or the sea-like sand dunes of San Cosme y Damián.
And if you think of the Chaco as flat, Cerro Cora National Park and Ybycuí National Park are impressive regions with many natural pools, mountains, and wildlife such as capuchin monkeys and tropical butterflies .
For historical experiences, visit La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Colonia Independencia. Which are two remnants of the christian history of Paraguay.