Official name: Republic of Paraguay
Area: 407,000 km²
Population: 5,585,828 hab.
Capital: Asuncion (550 060 inhab.)
People: 95% mestizos (MIx race)
Language: Spanish is the official language, but many speak Guarani
Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, 3% Mennonite and other Protestant churches
Major industries: Soybeans, cotton, wood processing and oilseed processing, textiles, leather and hides, canned meat, sugar cane (and smuggling)
Major trading partners: Brazil, Netherlands, Argentina, United States
Health risks: Cholera, Leishmaniasis, dengue, hepatitis, hookworm, malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid fever
Local time: GMT – 3
Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz
Weights and measures: Metric
Paraguay is a cheaper destination than Argentina and Uruguay, but more expensive than Bolivia.
The tourists on tight budgets can visit for 50 dollars a day, those seeking more comfort and who want to eat better should calculate 100 dollars per day.
In exchange offices in Asuncion and in border towns, you can exchange cash and travelers checks (with small commission); in the interior also can be done at the banks. According to comments from some travelers, in the exchange houses of Asuncion, the traveler’s checks are not taken without the submission of the invoice.
On the street you can find exchange rates only slightly lower for change in cash, a fact that can be very useful at weekends and evenings. In the best hotels, restaurants and shops in Asuncion the credit cards are accepted, but outside the capital it is more difficult. Usually Paraguay ATMs do not recognize foreign credit cards.
In restaurants it is usual to give 10% tip, the taxi drivers do not expect to receive it, although it is recommended Rounding.