Travel to Paraguay: useful information and recommended itineraries

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Joel Fulleda
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Probably, when most people hear about Paraguay they immediately associate it with football and its team. But, this magnificent place is not just football: you will find immense tropical forests and eleven natural parks. Plus, this destination isn't swamped by mass tourism, so it is perfect for all travelers who like to discover new places away from tourism.
Here is some useful information and itineraries for you to better organize your trip to Paraguay.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 10-day itinerary: Paraguay from North to South
  4. 9-day itinerary: discovering the essence of Paraguay
  5. Paraguay do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Inhabitants: about 6.5 million
  • Capital: Asuncion
  • Languages: Spanish and Guaranì
  • Local currency: Guaranì (€ 1,00 = 7.037 PYG)
  • Weather: subtropical climate, with short winters (from July to August) and average temperatures between 12 ° and 18 ° and long and hot summers (from November to July), with average temperatures of 33 °
  • Time zone: varies from - 4 h to - 6 h according to the introduction times of summer time or solar time in Paraguay and Italy
  • vaccinations: vaccination against yellow fever for all travelers arriving from areas declared at risk by the World Health Organization
  • Entry requirements: passport valid for at least 6 months; no visa for tourist stays of less than 90 days
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    Paraguay is located in the center of South America and, together with Bolivia, it is the only country that does not overlook the ocean. It borders Brazil to the north-east, Argentina to the south and Bolivia to the west.



    10-day itinerary: Paraguay from North to South

    1. First day: Departure in the morning from Italy; arrival in Asuncion; hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay
    2. Second day: day dedicated to visiting Asuncion and its main attractions, such as the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Pantheon and the handicraft market; dinner and overnight stay
    3. Third day: departure from Asuncion; arrival in Philadelphia and hotel accommodation; visit of the city and the colonies of Mennonites; dinner and overnight stay
    4. Fourth day: day trip to the Lagunas Saladas del Campo María Reserve, a reserve of about 4.500 hectares, to discover its fauna and flora; return to Philadelphia, dinner and overnight
    5. Fifth day: departure from Philadelphia; return to Asuncion and hotel accommodation; free afternoon to discover the capital; dinner and overnight stay
    6. Sixth day: departure from Asuncion for Encarnacion, with stops along the way to visit San Ignacio Gesù and Santa Maria; arrival in Encarnacion and hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight
    7. Seventh day: excursion in the morning to the Jesuit Missions of Trinidad, San Cosme and Damian; return to Encarnacion and visit of the city; dinner and overnight stay
    8. Eighth day: departure from Encarnacion and return to Asuncion; hotel accommodation and free afternoon for shopping or visiting the latest attractions; dinner and overnight stay
    9. Ninth day: departure from Asuncion and return to Italy
    10. Tenth day: arrival in Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: starting from € 1.900,00 per person
    • The price includes: flights from / to Italy, overnight stays, lunches and dinners, internal transport, guide
    • The fee does not include: insurance, extra excursions, tips

    9-day itinerary: discovering the essence of Paraguay

    1. First day: Departure in the morning from Italy; arrival in Asuncion; hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay
    2. Second day: day dedicated to visiting Asuncion and its main attractions, such as the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Pantheon and the handicraft market; dinner and overnight stay
    3. Third day: daily excursion to the Cerro Mbatovì reserve, an eco-reserve full of trekking paths; return to Asuncion, dinner and overnight
    4. Fourth day: day trip to the Golden Triangle, the area full of villages around the capital, to discover the history of the Guarinì Indians: return to Asuncion, dinner and overnight
    5. Fifth day: departure from Asuncion for Encarnacion, with stops along the way to visit San Ignacio Gesù and Santa Maria; arrival in Encarnacion and hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight
    6. Sixth day: excursion in the morning to the Jesuit Missions of Trinidad, San Cosme and Damian; return to Encarnacion and visit of the city; dinner and overnight stay
    7. Seventh day: departure from Encarnacion and return to Asuncion; hotel accommodation and free afternoon for shopping or visiting the latest attractions; dinner and overnight stay
    8. Eighth day: departure from Asuncion and return to Italy
    9. Ninth day: arrival in Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: starting from € 1.800,00 per person
    • The price includes: flights from / to Italy, overnight stays, lunches and dinners, internal transport, guide
    • The fee does not include: insurance, extra excursions, tips

    Paraguay do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice

    Paraguay is a really cheap country, the biggest expense that will affect your budget is the flight to / from Italy. On average, a bus trip will cost you € 1,00 or € 2,00 per hour, for food you will spend between € 2,00 and € 5,00 per meal.
    Keep in mind that the best time to visit the country is from May to September, when temperatures are milder and around 20 °, but it can be visited safely throughout the year.



    • Minimum period for a tour in Paraguay: 7 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Asuncion, Encarnacion
    • Getting around: the best way to get around the country is by bus, very cheap and during the day with very frequent routes. Internal flights, on the other hand, are practically non-existent.
    • Flights: there are no direct flights from Italy, but you will have to stop in one of the states close to Paraguay, such as Brazil. The cost of the plane ticket will greatly affect your budget, as you will hardly find anything under € 700,00
      Flights starting from € 660,00 -
    • Accommodations and accommodations: according to your budget, you can choose hotels or apartments, all very cheap anyway.
      Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -


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