If the countries of South America were humans, then poor Paraguay might have a complex. It would be hard being ignored while your bigger neighbours – Brazil, Argentina and even Bolivia – get all the attention from the foreign tourists. But that’s the way things have been for Paraguay for a long time and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change anytime soon.
In the capital, Asuncion, there has been very little effort on tourist infrastructure. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. Like any capital, the seat of government brings with it a palace, a parliament, and a collection of patriotic monuments (albeit quite sparse).
In my opinion, it’s not worth spending too much time in Asuncion. There are very few ‘sights’; there is very little ‘culture’; there is hardly any ‘vibe’.
The true wonders of Paraguay are outside the cities in the rural areas with their hospitality and natural beauties. So, to save you the effort of a trip to Asuncion let me share some of my favourite photos from the city.
Trust me – it’ll be just like you had actually been there.