Paraguay travel guide



Paraguay is located in Latin America and the Caribbean part of South America. It's total area is 397K km² and 39.8% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 6.8M. 62.8% lives in cities whereas 37.2% lives in rural areas.
Paraguay (; Spanish pronunciation: [paɾaˈɣwaj] (listen)), officially the Republic of Paraguay (Spanish: República del Paraguay; Guarani: Tavakuairetã Paraguái), is a landlocked country in South America. It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. It has a population of 7 million, nearly 3 million of whom live in the capital and largest city of Asunción, and its surrounding metro. Although one of only two landlocked countries in South America (Bolivia is the other), Paraguay has ports on the Paraguay and Paraná rivers that give exit to the Atlantic Ocean, through the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway.Spanish conquistadores arrived in 1524, and in 1537 established the city of Asunción, the first capital of the Governorate of the Río de la Plata. During the 17th century, Paraguay was the center of Jesuit missions, where the native Guaraní people were converted to Christianity and introduced to European culture. After the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish territories in 1767, Paraguay increasingly became a peripheral colony, with few urban centers and settlers. Following independence from Spain in the early 19th century, Paraguay was ruled by a series of authoritarian governments characterized by nationalist, isolationist and protectionist policies. This period ended with the disastrous Paraguayan War (1864–70), during which the country lost half its prewar population and around 25–33% of its territory to the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. In the 20th century, Paraguay faced another major international conflict—the Chaco War (1932–35) against Bolivia—in which it prevailed. Afterwards, the country came under a succession of military dictators, culminating in the 35-year regime of Alfredo Stroessner, which lasted until his overthrow in 1989 by an internal military coup. This marked the beginning of Paraguay's democratic era, which continues to this day.

Paraguay is a developing country, ranking 105th in the Human Development Index. It is a founding member of Mercosur, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Lima Group. Additionally, the city of Luque, in metropolitan Asuncion, is the seat of the South American Football Confederation.

The majority of Paraguay's seven million people are mestizo, and Guarani culture remains widely influential; more than 90% of the population speak various dialects of the Guarani language alongside Spanish. Despite a history of poverty and political repression, in a 2017 Positive Experience Index based on global polling data, Paraguay ranked as the "world's happiest place".

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💬 Languages

Spanish, Guarani are the official languages.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Paraguayan guaraní [1 USD = 7,266.963 PYG].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Paraguay, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %6.551606208]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 1.7K ATM's in Paraguay.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 4.4M tourists arrived to Paraguay. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Paraguay economy with a total of 409M $ income (%3.1).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is 🐌slow with 18.31 Mbps. Broadband is fast with 90.85 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (0.58 / 10)

Broadband (3.2 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is ☀️ 23 °C and hot. Current 3 months (May, June and July) average is ☀️ 19 °C and hot. Current season (spring) is ☀️ 23 °C and hot.
Yearly average23 °C ☀️
3 month average19 °C ☀️
Spring average23 °C ☀️
Summer average19 °C ☀️
Fall average24 °C ☀️
Winter average27 °C 🔥
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 40B $ and with %-0.3 decrease GNI per capita was 5.9K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %9.8.

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