Paraguay

Paraguay

Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America. Holding over 157,000 square miles of land, the country borders Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. Paraguay has upwards of 6.7 million inhabitants and is one of the smaller countries of the South American continent. Asunción, the country's capital, entails only 10% of the population.

Paraguay’s landscape is dominated by grassy plains and wooded hills, with the climate ranging from subtropical to dry. Though the country is only about the size of California, the daily climatic variations can be as extreme as blue skies and hot weather in the west, to humid or rainy conditions in the east.

Though very few tourists seem to travel to this country (in comparison to its neighbors), Paraguay is home to breathtaking virgin forests. Incredible amounts of wildlife and flora reside in the undeveloped terrains of this beautiful country. Nature lovers will be amazed at how many different types of plants and animals you can find here. This landscape makes Paraguay an ideal place for safari adventures!

Over 90% of Paraguayans are Mestizos, or Guaraní, a group of indigenous people of South America. Their ancient language, also called Guaraní, is the second official language of the country, as nearly all Paraguayans can speak both Spanish and their native tongue fluently. In addition to preserved culture, Paraguay also holds some world famous infrastructure. In the southeastern border formed by the Parana River, the Itaipú dam operates. This dam, shared with Brazil, is currently the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. Another large hydroelectric power plant along the same river, Yacyretá, is a collaborative project between Paraguay and Argentina.

The best time to visit Paraguay is between the winter months of May and September. Though the nights are cold, the average daily temperature is 22° C (71° F). The summer months can sometimes be unpleasant with uniform heat blasting east to west across the country. The average daily high in peak summer months of January and February is around 35° C (95° F). Considering the mostly humid climate of Paraguay, all seasons receive an equal distribution of rain.

Come and discover this beautiful land off the typical tourist route. You can explore waterfalls, incredible landscapes, and experience an ancient indigenous culture that is still very much alive!

 

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