Asuncion, Paraguay
The Mother of Cities

Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion was born in 1537, founded by Juan de Salazar y Espinoza.

It is the longest inhabited settlement on the Rio de la Plata basin.

In fact, back in the days of the Spanish conquest, several colonial expeditions departed from there to establish new settlements in the New World.

This is the case of the 2nd foundation of Buenos Aires, the foundation of Corrientes and Santa Fe (also in Argentina) and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), hence the name "Mother of cities".

After gaining independence from the Spanish Crown in 1811, the history of Paraguay was marked by a number of tragic, sad events that somehow kept the country isolated from the rest of South America for over a century or so.

First was the Paraguayan war (1865-1870) that nearly decimated the male population. After years of political turmoil, early in the 20th century, Paraguay went to war again, this time against Bolivia (1932-1935), fighting over the Chaco region.

By 1989, Paraguay population managed to get rid of the last dictator, opening the country to a new era. For the last few years, it has become an inviting tourist destination.
In fact, Paraguay is now one of the hidden pearl awaiting to be discovered when you are ready for a very unique South America travel experience.

Asuncion seats on the left bank of the Paraguay river (Ysyry Paraguái in Guaraní), near the point where Paraguay and Pilcomayo rivers meet, being the 2nd largest in the Rio de la Plata basin after the Paraná river.

Asunción is the capital and largest city in Paraguay. See the map here.

Asuncion Attractions

Only recently, in 2009, a survey took place in Paraguay, aiming at chosing the seven treasures of cultural material heritage by popular vote. Out of forty five participants, the top selected sights were...

When ready to do a bit of sightseeing in the surrounding area, there are a number of attractions to include, mainly day trips to visit places such as...

Asuncion climate is classified as humid subtropical and tropical, hot and humid for the most part of the year. June and July are the cooler month.

Before flying back home, make sure you try some of the most traditional dishes of Paraguayan cuisine, such as Sopa Paraguaya (not a soup, as the translation may convey), the popular Chipa bread, Pira caldo (fish soup), Mbejú (very rich starch cake), Asado con achuras (Paraguayan bbq), Soyo (thick soup) and Milanesa (Breaded meat cutlet usually fried).

How to Get There

Silvio Pettirossi Intl Airport (ASU) is located in the greater metropolitan area, in the city of Luque, some 10km away.
As for ground transportation, the main bus terminal (Terminal de Omnibus de Asunción) is found on Av. República Argentina. Buses depart to all Departments in Paraguay as well as international services to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay.

Where to Stay

There is a vast array of accommodation options ranging from hotels, resorts, aparthotels, etc. Find and comparte best hotel rates in Asuncion.
If looking for budget accommodation, book a hostel here.


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