Located in the heart of South America, Paraguay is bordered by Bolivia to the north and west, Brazil to the northeast and east, and Argentina to the south and west.
The Spanish arrived to the Paraguayan territory in the 16th century, but the indigenous Guaraní already inhabited the eastern part for a millennium.
Independence from Spain came in 1811. The development of the country was interrupted by the Paraguayan War (1864-70) during which the country lost 60 to 70 percent of its population.
The Chaco region covers 60 percent of the territory, an area larger than Uruguay. It is a vast, hot and semi-arid lowland, known for the beautiful sunset but home to less than 2 percent of the Paraguayan population.
Area: 406,752 km²
Population: 6,725,308 (2016 estimate)
The official languages are Spanish and Guarani.
UTC -4 | UTC -3 (Summer)
The guarani (PYG) is the national currency of Paraguay. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) can be found in large urban centres.
If you need to exchange money, do no use street moneychangers – one can easily get tricked, e.g. with false banknotes, which are common in Paraguay.
Electrical Current | Sockets
Electrical Voltage: 220 V | Frequency: 50 Hz
Visa and Entry Requirements
A passport is required to enter Paraguay, but some countries do not need a visa – a 90-day stay in the country will be granted on presentation of a valid passport. Visit the Paraguay’s Foreign Ministry website to find out what are the entry requirements for your country.
There are no required vaccinations, but your doctor may advise you to get some vaccination based on your travel plans. Take the usual precautions against mosquitoes by using insect repellent. Make sure you have travel health insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Paraguay is a relatively safe country, where bag snatching and pickpocketing on public transport are the most common street crimes. With so few tourists, these are rarely the thieves’ targets. Avoid walking in downtown Asunción and Ciudad del Este alone after dark.
Weather & Climate
The best time to visit Paraguay is from May to August, during the southern hemisphere’s winter.