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The best things to discover in Paraguay

Hello everyone,

What have you discovered in Paraguay that you would recommend to other expats?

Are there any places that you enjoy visiting on the weekends, be it areas of natural beauty or shopping malls? Are there any Paraguayan dishes that you would recommend?

What are some of the best activities in Paraguay?

Are there any unique customs or places you were introduced to by locals that you think other expats might be interested in? Are there any local festivals that expats might want to get involved with?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Priscilla

Hello!!

There are plenty of modern shopping malls in Asuncion that have movie theaters (3D included), fine clothes and technology stores including GAP, Forever 21, Guess, Sara, etc, food courts with chinese, italian, paraguayan, and american food (pizza, pasta, hamburguers, etc such as Bellini, Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonalds, BKing, Johnny Rockets, etc).  The best shopping malls in Asuncion include: Shopping Del Sol, La Galeria, Shopping Mariscal, and Shopping Pinedo. 

Asuncion also offers very nice restaurants for all tastes.  For example you have the typical american restaurants such as Hard Rock Cafe or TGI Fridays or Johnny Rockets.  Then you have the upper scale restaurants such as Yacht y Golf Club, Shangrila (chinese), Il Capo (italian), Mburicao or Tierra Colorada, Un Toro Siete Vacas, Paulista Grill, La Vienesa, Bolsi, Talleyrand, Pazzo, Rolandi, Sushi Club, Ese Lugar, Little India, Almacen de Pizza, etc. 

Typical paraguayan dishes I recommend: Sopa Paraguaya (similar to the american Corn Bread), Chipa Guazu, Chipa (best place to buy is Ña Eustaquia located at any shopping mall), and they typical asado (BBQ). 

Nice places to visit in Asuncion for natural beauty: 1) Jardin Botanico (botanical garden and zoo), 2) Parque Ñu Guazu (huge park mainly where people go to run or walk or do exercise), 3) Parque de la Salud (park with nice surroundings near the Central Bank), 4) Yacht y Golf Club (its a private club but non members can go and visit its surroundings or eat at one of its fine restaurants overlooking the Paraguay River with great views). 

Outside of the city itself I would recomend going to Paraguari and going to the Eco Reserva Mbatovi where you can do eco-adventure activities such as rock climbing on cliffs or zip line, etc.  The Eco-reserva Mbatoví is a protected area and nature reserve and the area was preserved by its owners to protect the biological diversity of this natural area.  The eco reserva offers highly qualified instructors and guides and a secure environment for the study of nature.  Another nice place to visit is San Bernardino, a smal town on the Ypacarai Lake.  Further away, I would definetely recommend visiting the Itaipu Dam (the largest hidroelectric dam in the world which includes a tourist guide and night light show at night) in the city of Ciudad del Este, and while you are there you can go to the spectacular Iguazu Falls located just accross the border with Brazil or Argentina.  There are many eco tourist packages as well to the Chaco to see wildlife and nature watching, just contact the Senatur (Secretaria Nacional de Turismo ) for more information. 

There are many local festivals but I would suggest getting in touch with Senatur for more information as they offer tourists all the information regarding tourism in Paraguay.

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