Most flights from Europe land at Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay.
No, for the moment there are no direct flights to any destination in Paraguay from the United Kingdom. The best route the passengers usually take is to get a direct flight to Madrid, Spain and then take a trans-Atlantic flight to Asuncion.
The months between May and August are the ideal times to visit the country. Being in the southern hemisphere the seasons are inverted in Paraguay. If the tourist is looking for the warmest temperature, coming to Paraguay in January would be best, as the temperature then can reach a high of 34°C. Come to Paraguay in the months mentioned above for a milder experience. The temperatures vary between 17°C to 22°C between the months of May and August. The sky also remains open, with just a few showers here and there and the humidity is well under the limit.
In September the clouds come swirling by, drenching most of Paraguay in rainwater. The temperature also drops and the mercury can depress to 10°C. Sure, the weather is not exactly the best for a tan, but that is why we have tanning beds. Visiting Paraguay in September is a cheaper alternative when the tickets and accommodation prices offered to you could make you jump with joy and relief.
Paraguay has two major international airports. Below are the details of these airports and their facilities.
A British citizen with a valid passport does not require a visa to visit Paraguay. British travellers, however, are required to get their passports stamped and signed at the point of entry. Fines are incurred on tourists who fail to do so. This is especially important if the tourist intends to cross the border at Ciudad del Este into Brazil to visit the Iguaçu Falls. Please have your passport processed at the point of entry at the border.
Paraguay is often called “the heart of South America”. It is nestled in the centre of the continent; the landlocked country of Paraguay is the home of the Guaraní People. The Guaraní have been living in Paraguay for millennia. Since the Spanish colonization of the area, the culture of Paraguay has been greatly influenced by the European traditions. This intermingling of cultures has produced a vibrant and interesting society in Paraguay.
Although a majority of the population is indigenous Guaraní, the Spanish colonization has left its mark. Ninety per cent of the population is Roman Catholic, which is why many of the feasts that Paraguayans celebrate revolve around Christianity. The Festival of Saint Blas is celebrated on the third of February. Being Paraguay’s patron saint and the saint protecting the respiratory system, all festivities are held outdoors in the open air. Just before the Christian tradition of Lent, the Carnival is celebrated in Paraguay for five days. This February festival has music, dancing, parades and pageants cheering into the night. The Festival of Saint John empowers the local believers to walk over hot embers in the month of May. In July, the Nanduti Festival showcases the region’s art, crafts, food, and music.
The most reliable way around Paraguay is by taxi. Taxis can be a bit more expensive than other means of transport in Paraguay. Please note that £1 is about 7500 Paraguayan Guaraní and the country is the cheapest country to live in, in all of South America. Keeping that in mind, bargain the price of your travel with the taxi driver and ask the staff at your hotel to let you know how much the journey should cost. The bus or the ‘collectiv’ as the Paraguayans call it is also a great way to travel, especially to distant parts of the country.
There is an amazing array of five-star hotels to choose from for your stay in Paraguay.