Paraguay has many resources that could be used to boost its economy but still, it lags behind. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is surrounded by Brazil on the northeast, Bolivia on the northwest and Argentina on the south.
It’s a cheap place to travel. The majority of the population inhabits the southern part of the country, which is called the Southern peninsula. The Parana Plateau, on the east of it, is full of forests. The Northern part of Paraguay is made up secluded arid plains in Gran Chaco. The capital, Asuncion, is located on the southern peninsula. Other cities which you may want to a visit are Encarnacion (old ruins), Concepcion, Filadelfia, Pilar (riverside city), Ciudad del Este, Aregua (city of artists) and San Bernadino (summer destination).
Getting around in taxis can be expensive for a tourist. Check the prices before you try to bargain. Hiring your car will save you a lot of trouble, but the local police might ask for bribe even if you aren’t doing anything wrong. The locals frequently use buses. There is an extensive network which can take you around the country.
Spanish is not as widely spoken as you would expect it. Guarani is the traditional language as well as the Lingua franca among the natives here. English will only be helpful in big cities. Outside the cities, you might face problems.
This is as cheap at it gets in South America. The Guarani (PYG) is used as currency. One USD is equal to 5595 PYG. It might come as a surprise to you that you can travel around in Paraguay with less than $20 a day. A standard hotel room will cost you $8-$10. The majority of cheap accommodations can be found near bus stops.
The majority of cheap accommodations can be found near bus stops. You can find beggars in corners of cities due to the country’s dwindling economy, but apart from that, a trip here will be budget one.
As for electricity, Paraguay uses type C sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 220 V. Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.
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