Paraguay is often overlooked by tourists traveling through South America. There are no great attractions here, such as Salar de Uyuni or Machu Picchu. It is, however, much more authentic. You can feel both poverty and enormous wealth in the country. It is a typical but developing country. For several decades, Paraguay was a paradise for men . After the war caused by this country, almost 70% of all men lost their lives. Even in the present generation, this difference is still evident. Aside from Paraguay's rather sad history, it also holds several records. The country has the largest drinking water reservoir in the world - Guarani Aquifer . And the largest water dam (Itaipu Dam) that produces electricity. And the newest record - a Paraguayan named Juan Jesus broke the world record for bringing a bicycle into the basement.
What to see in Paraguay?
What to see in Paraguay? Most tourists start their adventure with Paraguay in the capital city of Asuncion . It's a lively city with a great nightlife. After a few days of fun, they will push to Laguna Blanca in the north. It is the biggest natural attraction in the country. It's really worth a look.
Most tourists go east from Laguna Blanca, towards Itaipu Dam. It is one of the world's largest dams. It is located right next to the Iguazu Falls and Ciudad del Este - where you can do your shopping. Mainly electronics, but also clothes. Most trips end in the most beautiful city of Paraguay, which is Encarnacion . The place is called the Pearl of the South and a lot of Argentines come there to shop.
Nightlife in Paraguay
Paraguay's nightlife revolves around the country's capital, Asuncion . And although I have marked two more places on my map, it is only because the capital of the country would not be sad. The most interesting place to party is the area of Villamorra and Carmelitas in Asuncion . They are located about 20 minutes from the center. The music they play in clubs is either Brazilian rhythms or 80's rock. This photo I added below is from the Encarnacion carnival. Okay asshole, huh?
In Paraguay, the percentage of women still far exceeds the percentage of men. So there is a lot to choose from if you wear pants and pee standing up. All because of the war in which Paraguay got involved in the 19th century.
National parks in Paraguay
Paraguay's National Parks cover vast areas of the country. This is because most of Paraguay is uninhabited. Covered either by the Pantanal marshes or by the arid Chaco lands. The greatest natural attraction is undoubtedly the Laguna Blanca . It is the only beach in this country, even though it has no access to the sea. The mighty water dam Itaipu Dam becomes the runner-up in the classification. The Iguazu Falls are in the same region, and they have their part even on the Paraguayan side; in the form of Saltas del Monday . I described them on the occasion of Itaipu. Probably if it weren't for the monumental waterfalls next door, Saltas del Monday would certainly be a huge tourist attraction in Paraguay.
Off the trail in Paraguay
It's hard to write about off the trail places in Paraguay as it's a country that is off the trail in itself. Few tourists visit Paraguay, mainly due to the lack of powerful tourist attractions. And that's probably its biggest advantage. There are no organized tours that follow the guide step by step. If you are looking for places untouched by tourists, then check out the northern parts of Paraguay. The mighty swamps of the Pantanal are a great place to observe wildlife. And Chaco is a huge wasteland. It is a disadvantage for some, and an advantage for others. They will be especially appreciated by those who like to travel off the beaten track. Without squeezing between people with cameras. Who likes that?