Paraguay Travel Overview

Paraguay Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Asuncion (See more on SIMPLYYELLOWPAGES.COM)

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Guaraní

Continent: South-South America

Vacation in Paraguay

Paraguay is in the heart of South America. The country is known for its beef steaks, soccer team and beautiful women.


According to Countryaah, Paraguay, located in a plateau of the Andes, borders Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. With its 6.2 million residents, the country is very sparsely populated.

Useful information

The country was mainly characterized by livestock and agriculture until the 1960s. Gauchos also count can still be seen in many places today.
There is a lot of counterfeit products traded in Paraguay, which makes it cheap to shop for.

The best way to get around in Paraguay is by car. You can have your own car shipped, which costs around 2700 euros and takes about 30 days. A cheaper option is to borrow a rental car.

Paraguay travel

From a tourist point of view, the country is cheap for nature excursions, river boat trips or jungle tours offer a good opportunity for this. About 250,000 German speakers live in Paraguay, but Spanish is the official language and therefore the best basis for communication.


Currency (sub-unit)

Guaraní (100 centimos)

ISO 4217 code

PYG / 600


Continent: South America

Region: south

Geo coordinates: S -23 ° -26 ‘-33 ” W -58 ° -26’ -37.8″

Highest mountain: Cerro San Rafael (850 m)

Total area: 406,750 km²

Mainland: 397,300 km²

National border: 3,920 km


Dependency: Spain until 1811

UN member since: 1945

Form of government: Presidential Republic


Paraguay GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Meat, wood, oils

BSP: $ 7.456 billion

GDP: $ 7.184.3 million

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 30,070,000,000

Economic growth: 3.1%

GDP share of agriculture: 23.8%

GDP share of industry: 22.6%

GDP share of services: 53.6%

Inflation rate: 5.5%

Unemployment: 16.6%

State budget revenue: $ 1442,000,000

State budget expenditure: $ 14.6 billion

National debt: 32.8%

Export: $ 3,285,000,000

Import: $ 4.043 million

Foreign debt: $ 3,688,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,418,000,000

Electricity consumption: 4,069 million KWh

Oil consumption: 28,500 million m³

Cultivation area: 7.69%

Bovine: 10,640,000 pieces

Pigs: 2,954,000 pieces

Fishing: 28,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 6.506.500

Residents in cities: 3,604,100

Average age: 21.3 years

0-14 years: 37.7%

15-64 years: 57.5%

> 65 years: 4.8%

Population growth: 2.45%

Birth rate: 29.1 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 4.49 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -0.08 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.01

Fertility: 3.89 children / woman

Infant mortality: 24.78 ‰

Life expectancy men: 72.56 years

Life expectancy women: 77.78 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: PY

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: PRY

ISO 3166 numeric: 600

Top Level Domain: py

IOC country code: PAR


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 310,000

Cell Phones: 2,660,000

Radios: 1,070,000

TV: 1,470,000

Computer: 740,000

Internet users: 270,000


Railway lines: 436 km

Paved roads: 16,887 km

Cars: 381,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 21st


Number of doctors: 8,160

Daily food intake: 2,600 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 26,000


Illiteracy: 5%


Foundation: 1811

Last sovereign since: 1811


Main religious group: Christians


Prison inmates: 5,300


Armed forces (troop strength): 19,000

Defense Spending: $ 60,200,000


Arriving by plane

Paraguay’s national airline is called TAM Airlines (PZ) (Internet: No direct connections from TAM from Frankfurt / M., Vienna or Zurich.
Iberia (IB) flies to Paraguay via Madrid and São Paulo (Brazil).
Air passes

The TAM South American Airpass is valid on all routes of the participating airlines within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile (with the exception of Easter Island), Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The participating airline is: TAM (JJ). The pass is valid for stays of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 45 days and is only available to passengers who are resident outside of South America in conjunction with an international round-trip ticket. A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 countries must be visited. A maximum of 8 flight coupons are allowed (9 if Iguazú is being flown to), with a maximum of 2 flight interruptions (stopovers) per country. The flight route must be specified in the ticket and firmly reserved. Flights may be rebooked, but the flight route may not be changed. Children under 12 years of age receive a 25% discount, infants under 2 years of age (without their own seat) 90% discount.

The Oneworld Visit South America Pass is valid on routes operated by participating airlinesAmerican Airlines, British Airways, LAN, Qatar Airways and the associated airlines within South America in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Applicable only to passengers residing outside of South America. Valid for a maximum of 6 months from arrival in South America. The Airpass includes at least 3 coupons. The number of coupons is not limited. A coupon is required for each section of the route. The stopovers are limited to the number of coupons purchased. Children from 2 years of age: no discount. Infants under 2 years of age are free (no seat occupancy). The reservation of the entire route must be made before departure or the ticket is issued. A fee will be charged for each route change or change in the flight date. Cancellation fees: Refunds before departure, no reimbursement after departure.

Departure fee

Silvio Pettriossi (ASU): US $ 31 (mostly included in the flight ticket).
Guarani (AGT): US $ 10 (mostly included in the flight ticket).
Transit travelers are exempt from this.

Arrival by car

The roads from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil) to Asunción (past the Iguazú waterfalls) are paved. Good roads also lead from Argentina to Paraguay, from Buenos Aires to Asunción or over the San Roque González de Santa Cruz bridge in Encarnación on the Panraná River.
Bus: Daily bus connections to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santa Fé, Rosario, Córdoba, Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).

Arriving by train

The short stretch of rail line between the Argentine border town of Posadas and Encarnación is in operation; a weekly train to Posadas (Argentina) uses the train ferry. From here connection to Concordia and Buenos Aires.

Arrival by ship

Paraguay has 2500 km of navigable rivers with ferry connections between Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. The Posadas (Argentina) – Encarnación (Paraguay) route is 321 km shorter than the route via Buenos Aires.
There is also a ferry connection between Corumba (Brazil) and Asunción.


Traveling by plane

Domestic flights are offered by TAM Airlines (Internet: TAM Airlines flies between Asunción and Ciudad del Este. Air taxis are ideal for the difficult-to-access Gran Chaco.

Note on air travel

Airport taxes

Silvio Pettriossi (ASU): US $ 4.
Guarani (AGT): US $ 4.

On the way by car / bus

The condition of the roads is not in good condition even on the main connections between the main cities. Only about 10% of the roads are paved. Unpaved roads in particular, but also roads in urban areas, are either only partially accessible during and after heavy rain or can no longer be used due to flooding. An expressway connects Asunción with the Iguazú waterfalls, the drive takes about 6 hours.
Buses are the cheapest means of transport in Paraguay. Express connections between the larger cities. For longer journeys, we recommend booking in advance, which can be made directly at the bus terminal. Almost all hotels provide bus tickets for their guests. The buses are air-conditioned and there is no smoking on board.Rental cars are available at the airport and from local tourist offices. Documents: National or international driver’s license.

Traveling in the city

Private companies operate buses and minibuses in Asunción. Almost all major lines stop in Oliva Street in front of the Asuncion Supercentro. There are two driving zones, the fare is collected by conductors.

On the go by train

The railways in Paraguay have been almost completely shut down for some time. There is the tourist steam train Tren del Lago, which runs between the Botanical Gardens in Asunción and Areguá on weekends. The short stretch of railway between the Argentine border town of Posadas and Encarnación is also in operation.

On the way by ship

River cruises to major attractions and through the Chaco are available.