This vibrant country in the centre of South America is relatively undiscovered by tourists and therefore doesn't have the same extensive offering of traditional sightseeing attractions as some of its well-known neighbours.
Although this can make it more difficult to know where to go and what to do, the non-commercialised nature of travel in Paraguay is a huge part of the country's appeal for travellers because the culture feels so authentic and the tourist sites aren't packed with crowds.
Paraguay is a great place to visit for lovers of waterfalls and rainforest. The beautiful Saltos del Monday waterfall is the centrepiece of the Municipal Park Monday which is a great outdoor playground for tourists wanting to experience the natural glory of Paraguay.
There are camping facilities, picnic sites, and hiking trails, while tour operators offer fun adventure activities like climbing and rappelling alongside the dramatic falls. The park is easily accessible from the city of Ciudad del Este, which is also the gateway to the magnificent Iguazu Falls shared by Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Other wonderful wilderness areas in Paraguay include the eight Itaipu Ecological Reserves which protect swathes of Paraguay's remaining rainforest, as well as the vast Cerro Cora National Park and Ybycui National Park, conveniently located near Asuncion.
Although the historic centre of Asuncion offers some worthy landmarks, museums, and monuments, the most highly-regarded cultural attraction of Paraguay is the collection of 17th-century Jesuit missions near the city of Encarnacion. These UNESCO-listed wonders are a treat to explore. The best preserved of the three sites is Trinidad de Parana but La Santisima and Jesus de Tavarangue are definitely also worth a visit.
Ciudad del Este
Located on Paraguay's border with Brazil, Ciudad del Este is the second largest city in Paraguay and is considered the top shopping destination in the country and the wider region. The border crossing gets a steady stream of traffic from neighbouring countries for... see full details
Encarnacion, located 200 miles (374km) from Asuncion, is primarily a market town. The entire city was relocated when the Yacyreta Dam was built, and now a massive bazaar occupies the old town, offering all manner of goods for sale. Many good places... see full details
An island of German culture in Paraguay, Filadelfia was founded as a Russian Mennonite colony in 1930. The neat little community resembles a German suburb more than a Paraguayan city, and lacks a town centre.
Visitors can learn about the history of... see full details