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 the country 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.

Know before you go

CAPITAL: Asuncion

LANGUAGE: Paraguayan Guaraní & Spanish

COUNTRY CODE: PY

ELECTRICITY: 220V, 50Hz
To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required

POPULATION: 7.132 million

CURRENCY: Paraguayan Guaraní

DIALLING CODE: +595

TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -4

Paraguay Climate

Most of the country has a tropical climate, warm and humid throughout most of the region. The Chaco is the hottest and driest part of the country, and the Parana Plateau is the coolest and wettest.

Temperatures in Asunción average 65 °F (19 °C) in July and 84 °F (29 °C) in January.

Eastern Paraguay receives about 50 to 65 inches (127 to 166cm) of rain annually. Heavy rainfall and flooding can affect a number of areas, including some areas of Asunción.

Travel Warning

Most visits to the country are trouble-free, but violent crime is increasing. Street crime like bag snatching and pick-pocketing, on public transport, may occur. Muggings and robberies (occasionally armed) also take place.

There has been recent reports of the country having a risk of Zika virus transmission. If you are a female traveller, take extra precautions when visiting the country. See Zika virus for more information.

There are regular outbreaks of dengue fever across the country. You should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

Terrorist attacks can’t be ruled out. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including places frequented by foreign travellers.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk

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