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Next week I am going to Paraguay for eight days. A trip out of Argentina is necessary to renew my 90 day tourist visa, and I wanted to check the sixth South American country off my list, instead of repeating Uruguay, the easy choice. (Only four more CONMEBOL countries to go!)

I’ve never been to Paraguay. I’m sure tons of you have (even though until American Airlines launched a Miami-Asuncion route in November, there were no direct flights between the US and Paraguay.)

I will arrive in Asuncion and leave from Ciudad del Este. I speak Spanish. I enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy nightlife. I am not a foodie, but I enjoy delicious staples in quantity. It’s a bit vague, but I want to do awesome things, incredible things, things few have done, and things I can’t do elsewhere.

If you’ve been to Paraguay, any tips are greatly appreciated in the comments!

If you haven’t been, amuse yourself with possibly the least enticing wikitravel entry ever. Under the Do category:

Mercado 4 walk past yuyeras, fake dvd street vendors, and paraguayans sharing terere. Great place to eat, from street stalls selling typical paraguayan food and deserts to good cheap Chinese places. Most paraguayans still shop at local produce markets, but you can buy everything at great prices.

Or the sights?


At the very least, I will be an instant millionaire when I change $300 in Paraguay into 1.2 million Guarani.

Unlike past trips where I had heard nothing but good things about the place I was going–Paris, Poland, New Zealand–I have heard nothing at all about Paraguay from which to form an expectation.

I think each trip is heavily informed by one’s prior expectations. As an example, when I went to the Welsh coast I was hoping for soggy, gross, pea-soup weather to meet my expectations of Wales. I got it, and I more thoroughly enjoyed wet socks and gray skies than I ever have. If I got the same weather on a trip to Portugal, I’d be bummed.

For Paraguay, I’m not expecting interesting sights from a tourist’s perspective; I’m not expecting bountiful nature. (Though if you know of either, let me know.) I’m expecting a place very different from others I’ve been (though perhaps similar to Bolivia), the Wild Wild West in Ciudad del Este, friendly people un-jaded by tourism, and low prices. We’ll see what I get.

By the way, booking the tickets and getting a visa were a fun process that I hope to write about soon.

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