Dwarfed by Brazil and Argentina, small landlocked Paraguay is sometimes described as South America’s “forgotten country”. Like its better-known neighbours, football matches and a burgeoning beef industry are national hallmarks, but the country also has many other delights worth sampling. From the wild landscapes of the Chaco to the bustling cities of Asuncion and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay is a land of diversity and cultural richness.
The Jesuit Missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarangue, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, offer a glimpse into the country’s fascinating colonial past. While, the Chaco region offers a unique wilderness experience, with its rugged terrain, exotic wildlife, and indigenous communities. For wildlife visit the Gran Chaco National Park, home to jaguars, anteaters, and armadillos, among other species.
Paraguauans are famously laid-back and quick to share a terrere (iced herbal tea) with a visitor over long siestas in the sticky tropical heat. Meaning any traveller seeking adventure a little off the beaten path shall be warmly welcomed here.
- The haunting 18th-century colonial remains of the Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus, both UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Chaco, for intriguing Mennonite colonies or the vast variety of bird species
- Visit the Itaipu Dam, one of the world’s largest and responsible for over 90% of the country’s power
- Explore the Paraguayan Pantanal, a vast wetland region home to a wide variety of wildlife
- The colourful Carnaval of Encarnacion, smaller but no less wild than Rio’s big fest
When to Visit
The best time to visit Paraguay is during the dry season, which runs from May to September (winter). During these months, the weather is cooler and less humid, creating ideal conditions for exploring the country’s cultural and historical sites. It’s important to note that Paraguay’s weather can vary significantly depending on the region, with the Chaco region experiencing hotter temperatures year-round. Rain is also possible even during the dry season, so always pack some waterproofs.
Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Asuncion.