If you'd like to explore one of the lesser traveler reaches in South America, Paraguay tourism is the way to go. To get some inspiration and start planning your journey, check the following Paraguay tours further down the page.
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One of the two landlocked countries in the continent, surrounded by Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil, Paraguay it's been hidden from mainstream tourism for reasons of their own. Good news is that over the last few years the country it's gaining the international recognition that it deserves.
Divided into two large regions that are markedly different due to Paraguay River that split it in two, Paraguay offers to the traveler two geographically and culturally rich universes, each of them loaded with its own set of attractions.
The Eastern region, known as Paraneña, is the hilly, forested and most populated area, while the Western part, known as Paraguayan Chaco is marshy near the river and turning semidesert farther west, taking aout 60% of Paraguay and only 2% of the population.
Parque Nacional Cerro Corá is one of the country's top tourist attractions, so it's Itaipu Dam, world's largest hydroelectric dam run by Brazil and Paraguay at the Parana river, on the border section between the two countries.
This gigantic water reservoir provides a unique ecosystem of wildlife and many opportunities to the sports oriented, from water sports and bird watching to frishing and trekking.
A visit to the Jesuit ruins should also be part of your Paraguay tourism experience. Out of the seven Jesuit missions found in Paraguay, two were listed as World Heritages Sites by Unesco in 1993, Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarangue.
It all started back in XVI century, when Jesuits started a revolutionary project in the Spanish Americas. Missions were erected to catechize as well as to integrate the indigenous Guarani population by introducing them to most of the arts and trades of Europe.
The project lasted for about one century and a half, until they were expelled by a royal edict in 1767.
Asuncion - Paraguay's capital - will definitely be part of your journey. It was founded in 1537, being the longest inhabited settlement on the Rio de la Plata basin. The list of attractions includes historic monuments and architectural sites as well as several museums, such as Museo del Barro, Museo de Historia Natural and Museo Boggiani among others.
A visit to Iguazu (Iguassu) falls is an absolute must-do. For your convenience it comes included in all Paraguay tours. In case you wonder why, they are one of the world's largest waterfalls, extending for almost two miles in a semi-circular shape. In total, there are 275 falls, being "Devil’s Throat" the tallest of them all at 80 meters in height.
Iguazu falls conform one of the planet's most awe-inspiring sights, a visceral experience that will live forever in the memory. They are easily reached from the Argentine-Brazilian border as well as from Paraguay.
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