Asuncion travel guide

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You're Going to Love Asuncion

Asuncion is the capital city of Paraguay and has many popular museums, botanical gardens, festivals, and cathedrals for tourists to visit.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Asuncion

1. National Congress

This building was completed in 2002 and has daily English tours throughout the mirrored interior.

2. Centro Cultural Juan de Salazar

This cultural center has many rotating exhibitions as well as a library, garden, and evening performances.

3. El Jardin Botanico y Zoologico de Asuncion

Walk through this city park, which has many trails for jogging. It is also perfect for picnics.

4. Museum of Sacred Art

This museum houses paintings, statues, and artifacts pertaining to Christianity.

5. Casa de la Independencia Museum

It is in this house-turned-museum that Paraguay declared its independence. The museum now details the history of Paraguay for visitors.

What to do in Asuncion

1. Where It All Began (For Paraguay, At Least)

One of the most sacred historical attractions in South America, at first glance the Casa de la Indepencia is really nothing special. But looks can be deceptive, because in this humble little house in 1811, a clandestine meeting of nationalists launched their campaign for Paraguayan independence from Spain. These days, the house has become a shrine to national freedom, with plenty of artifacts relating to the country's founding fathers, as well as a sumptuous portrait of Charles V (a 16th century Holy Roman Emperor).

2. A Homage To Heroes And Civic Center

The civic core of Asuncion, Plaza de los Héroes is a great starting point for anyone's exploration of the city. At the heart of the area is the national "Panteon" - which pays further tribute to Paraguay's independence heroes and military greats. Elsewhere on the square, you'll also find a somber memorial to Paraguay's 20th century dictatorship, and there's an excellent chance of encountering some boisterous folk musicians, as well as a lively arts and crafts market.

3. Indigenous And Modern Art Of The Highest Quality

Paraguay's most charming museum can be found in Asuncion's suburbs, a short bus journey from most central hotels, and it's a journey worth making. Why? Simply put, the quality of the ceramics, fabrics, and artworks on display at this small but beautifully turned out museum is exceptional. Initially set up to focus on pottery created by indigenous peoples, it's now become a much broader collection of native crafts and historical objects, and provides an amazing window onto ancient life in the country. Oh, and there's also a sublime section of Latin American contemporary art to devour, making it an artistic essential.

4. A Street Food Spectacular

Asuncion is full of markets (mercados), but this is easily the most exciting. Located in the central Pettirossi neighborhood, Mercado 4 stretches over the equivalent of three or four blocks, and offers a dizzying array of products. Much of the space is given over to fresh produce and cooked food (so it's a good place to try Paraguayan street food), but there are craft, clothing, and even electronics vendors on the massive market as well. If you want to try some roasted chicken skewers, tenderloin "lomito" sandwiches, or "sopa Paraguaya" (a kind of cornbread), this is the place to go.

5. Beauty And Biological Riches Beyond Belief

When you've seen the museums and markets of Paraguay's capital, there's really only one place to chill out: the city's magnificent Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Situated by the river, not far north of the city center, the complex covers some 270 acres, and provides a comprehensive showcase of South America's remarkable biodiversity - including tagua, a kind of pig that biologists once thought extinct. The gardens are home to 500 or more animal species, and provide a shady, relaxing place to finish your day.

1. Where It All Began (For Paraguay, At Least)

One of the most sacred historical attractions in South America, at first glance the Casa de la Indepencia is really nothing special. But looks can be deceptive, because in this humble little house in 1811, a clandestine meeting of nationalists launched their campaign for Paraguayan independence from Spain. These days, the house has become a shrine to national freedom, with plenty of artifacts relating to the country's founding fathers, as well as a sumptuous portrait of Charles V (a 16th century Holy Roman Emperor).

2. A Homage To Heroes And Civic Center

The civic core of Asuncion, Plaza de los Héroes is a great starting point for anyone's exploration of the city. At the heart of the area is the national "Panteon" - which pays further tribute to Paraguay's independence heroes and military greats. Elsewhere on the square, you'll also find a somber memorial to Paraguay's 20th century dictatorship, and there's an excellent chance of encountering some boisterous folk musicians, as well as a lively arts and crafts market.

3. Indigenous And Modern Art Of The Highest Quality

Paraguay's most charming museum can be found in Asuncion's suburbs, a short bus journey from most central hotels, and it's a journey worth making. Why? Simply put, the quality of the ceramics, fabrics, and artworks on display at this small but beautifully turned out museum is exceptional. Initially set up to focus on pottery created by indigenous peoples, it's now become a much broader collection of native crafts and historical objects, and provides an amazing window onto ancient life in the country. Oh, and there's also a sublime section of Latin American contemporary art to devour, making it an artistic essential.

4. A Street Food Spectacular

Asuncion is full of markets (mercados), but this is easily the most exciting. Located in the central Pettirossi neighborhood, Mercado 4 stretches over the equivalent of three or four blocks, and offers a dizzying array of products. Much of the space is given over to fresh produce and cooked food (so it's a good place to try Paraguayan street food), but there are craft, clothing, and even electronics vendors on the massive market as well. If you want to try some roasted chicken skewers, tenderloin "lomito" sandwiches, or "sopa Paraguaya" (a kind of cornbread), this is the place to go.

5. Beauty And Biological Riches Beyond Belief

When you've seen the museums and markets of Paraguay's capital, there's really only one place to chill out: the city's magnificent Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Situated by the river, not far north of the city center, the complex covers some 270 acres, and provides a comprehensive showcase of South America's remarkable biodiversity - including tagua, a kind of pig that biologists once thought extinct. The gardens are home to 500 or more animal species, and provide a shady, relaxing place to finish your day.

Where to Eat in Asuncion

El cafe de Aca serves traditional Paraguayan cuisine such as Mbeju and empanadas. A typical meal for two costs ₲100,000.

When to visit Asuncion

Asuncion in July
Estimated hotel price
£32
1 night at 3-star hotel
Asuncion in July
Estimated hotel price
£32
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit is between May and September when the weather isn't as hot and humid.

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How to Get to Asuncion

Plane

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU) is the main airport servicing Asuncion and is located in nearby Luque. Most visitors choose to transfer by private taxi to Asuncion city center for ₲110,000.

Car

Highway infrastructure in Asuncion is underdeveloped, and as such it can be unsafe to drive around if not you are properly oriented to the landscape. However, you can take the BR-324 highway from Sao Paulo to reach Paraguay's capital in just over 17 hours.

Bus

The bus terminal is three miles outside the city center, and services many bus companies such as Sol del Paraguay, Expreso Guarani, and Crucero del Norte, which connect you to Argentina and Brazil. A one-way ticket from Sao Paulo costs ₲420,000 and takes 21 hours.

Airports near Asuncion

Airlines serving Asuncion

United Airlines
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Air France
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Emirates
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LATAM Airlines
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Air Europa
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Avianca
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Aeromexico
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Copa Airlines
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GOL
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Aerolineas Argentinas
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Amaszonas
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Where to stay in Asuncion

Hotel Palmas del Sol near Plaza Uruguaya has a pool and breakfast included, while La Misión Hotel Boutique has a gym and sauna with more modern facilities.

Popular neighbourhoods in Asuncion

Carmelitas - this neighborhood in the center has lots of entertainment possibilities, restaurants, and shopping malls.

Areguá - this popular lakeside town is a great place to escape the bustle of the city and is located just 17 miles outside of Asuncion.

Sajonia - this area located along the Paraguay River is popular for its beachfront cafes and swimming opportunities.

Where to stay in popular areas of Asuncion

Most booked hotels in Asuncion

Esplendor Asuncion - A Wyndham Grand Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£57+
Dazzler by Wyndham Asuncion
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£67+
Hotel Guarani Asuncion
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£47+
Paramanta Lifestyle Hotel
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£39+
Resort Yacht Y Golf Club Paraguayo
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£78+
Premier Hill Suites Hotel
Good (7, Good reviews)
£27+
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How to Get Around Asuncion

Public Transportation

There are many buses servicing the city center, however there are not many formal stops as riders typically signal when they want to stop. A single fare costs ₲2,300.

Taxi

There are many taxis in Asuncion that are relatively cheap. The meter drop is ₲5,000 and then ₲4,600 per 0.62 miles.

Car

Hertz, Avis, and National Car rentals offer daily car rentals starting at ₲160,000.

The Cost of Living in Asuncion

Shopping Streets

Plaza de los Héroes has many artisan shops where you can buy handcrafted souvenirs. Shopping Mariscal López and Shopping del Sol are the two biggest shopping malls selling clothes and accessories from big name stores.

Groceries and Other

Casa Rica and Supermercado Espana are the biggest grocery markets in Asuncion. A dozen eggs costs ₲6,000.

Cheap meal
£3.71
A pair of jeans
£49.54
Single public transport ticket
£0.34
Cappuccino
£1.38