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Paraguay in 5 days - Itinerary

Where: Asunción, Areguá, Capiatá, Caacupé, Yaguarón, Salto Cristal, Encarnación, Jesuit Missions Ruins, Yacaré Yrupé
Transport: Airlines, Car
Who: One backpacker
Currency: Paraguayan Guaranis
 

Planning

Orientation
This itinerary takes you through some of the best places around mid and south Paraguay for five days, but if you have a few days more then include some of the other wonders of the country as well, especially Chaco region.

Visa
Make sure to check if you need a visa to travel to Paraguay. We did not require to get a visa prior to our trip, so it was a breeze going through the immigration at Asuncion airport.
 

Tips

Here are some tips that I experienced on my trip to Paraguay:

  • Cash or cards – Credit cards are not widely used in Paraguay but ATMs and currency exchange centers are located almost everywhere in the big cities. Small town and villages expect cash, than credit cards.
  • Transportation – Taxis are not expensive and Uber is available in big cities. Public buses run across the country and driving is also great in Paraguay.
     

    Driving in Paraguay

    With a huge network of highways and paved roads in the country, driving in Paraguay is a breeze. Spectacular highways connect mega cities, networking in to single-lane paved roads leading to small towns and villages. Most speed limits are 80 km, while small roads it’s 35-50 km.

    Passing (overtaking) is common on highways with clear markings of go and no-go zones. The traffic across the north-south (Asunción-Encarnación route) was pretty empty with a few trucks passing through because of the access to Argentina on both sides, and very few personal cars.

     

  • Utilities & others
    • Tap water is not recommended to drink. One liter bottle of water from a local market will cost PYG 5,000 (approx $0.70).
    • Wi-fi – Available in most hotels and cafes in big cities.
    • Mobile services – The SIM card from Tigo Paraguay costs PYG 16,000 for 8GB data and network is available all across the country (at least on our trip).

 

Accommodation

I booked hotels before traveling to Paraguay. These were booked after reviewing them on Google, TripAdvisor, booking.com and WikiTravel.

City Accommodation Cost/night Notes
Asuncion Hotel Manduara $33.60 For one night. Private room with ensuite bathroom. No breakfast included.
Asuncion Dazzler by Wyndham $108.80 For two nights. Private room with ensuite bathroom. Breakfast included.
Encarnacion Del Rio Apart Hotel $48 For two nights. Private room with ensuite bathroom. Breakfast included.

 

Flights

From-to Airline Cost Notes
San Francisco (SFO) to Houston (IAH) to Panama City (PTY) to Asuncion (ASU)
Asuncion (ASU) to Panama City (PTY) to Houston (IAH) to San Francisco (SFO)
United Airlines and Copa Airlines $1,245.00 Return flight. Economy.

 

Rental Car

From-to Company Cost Notes
Asuncion (ASU) airport Alamo $140.00 Economy car for 4 days.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = PYG 7000 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
 

What Cost Notes
All flights $1,245 See details above.
Accommodation for all days $190.40 Per person. See the list and costs above..
Rental car $140 See details above.
Sim Card $2.28 PYG 16,000.
Total Costs $1,577.68 Per person
Overall Costs $1,577.68 Per person

 

Planning

Planning & Information

Tips, info & details of planning.

Day 1 – NEXT »

Asunción

Sights of capital city.

Day 2 – NEXT »

Areguá, Capiatá, Itauguá, Caacupé, Yaguarón

Visiting the churches of nearby towns from Asuncion.

 

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