Paraguay is a small landlocked country near the centre of South America. It is surrounded by Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The Paraguay River flows through Paraguay from north to south and divides the country into two sharply different land regions. West of the river lies the Chaco, a flat, thinly settled area of coarse grasses, scrub forests, and salt marshes. Eastern Paraguay, on the other hand, has rolling hills, fertile soil, and thick forests.
Paraguay is little known and little travelled. Those who venture here – will be pleasantly surprised by the country’s relaxed way of life, friendly people and natural beauty.
Head east to the border with Brazil, where the vast, thundering waters of the Iguazú Falls are a spectacular sight. UNESCO World Heritage sites Jesus de Tavarangué and Santissima Trinidad de Paranà are especially worthy of a visit.
Most of Paraguay has a warm, humid climate. The Chaco is the hottest and driest part of the country, and the Parana Plateau is the coolest and wettest. Temperatures in Asuncion average 65 °F (19 °C) in July and 84 °F (29 °C) in January.
Eastern Paraguay receives about 50 to 65 inches (127 to 166 centimetres) of rain annually. The rain falls throughout the year in the region.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 6.8 million
LANGUAGE: Spanish. Guarani
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +595
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -4