A landlocked country in the heart of South America, Paraguay offers a wealth of cultural treasures and great natural beauty. Its cities reveal a harmony of modern life, colonial heritage, and a still-thriving indigenous Guarani culture. Find Paraguay hotels and get ready to explore this intriguing nation where the tourist industry is small-scale but the attractions are abundant and absorbing.
Asuncion is the capital and largest city of Paraguay, but it's more than just a convenient hub. As one of the oldest cities in South America, it features historic churches and attractive colonial buildings, along with the National Pantheon of the Heroes and Casa de la Independencia. Experience the city's thriving contemporary cultural scene when you stay in hotels in Asuncion. Visit the capital's numerous museums or look into a performance by its symphony orchestra, ballet, or opera companies. Southern resorts in Paraguay can be a base for seeing the well-preserved Jesuit settlements of Trinidad, where remarkable ruins are illuminated at night with a light show about the history of the site. Nearby is Encarnacion, an attractive city with a riverside beach and promenade that makes a nice destination for families. Tours are available of the Itaipu Dam, a monumental modern landmark close to the Brazilian border, and the second-largest dam in the world. You can also arrange guided wildlife tours of the nearby Itaipu Ecological Reserves. The forested landscape is home to parrots and armadillos, among myriad other creatures. Hotel packages in Paraguay for nature lovers can include a guided visit to the remote Northwestern National Parks, which comprises forested plains inhabited by big cats and tapirs. You can also see the wildlife of The Chaco, a vast plain of spiny forests and flooded savannas covering the western half of the country. It's barely populated, save for a handful of remote Mennonite communities.
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