Rio Parana in Paraguay
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Rio Parana in Paraguay

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Paraguay Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

406,752 sq km (157,048 sq miles).

Population

6.6 million (2013).

Population density

16.3 per sq km.

Capital

Asunción.

Government

Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1811.

Head of state

President Horacio Cartes since 2013.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

Paraguay is a little-known landlocked country, which has found itself somewhat isolated from even its neighbours in the past by geography and politics.

However, Paraguay has taken a number of steps to overcome its political, economic and geographic downfalls and is building a more welcoming image, in the face of often negative press.

Its capital, Asuncion, is a neat, compact and pretty colonial city and relatively safe by Latin American standards. Paraguayans are unerringly polite and interested in tourists, and many will happily invite a stranger to dinner – especially if conversation about football is on the menu.

Outside the capital are grassy plains and an untamed wilderness of marshes, lagoons, dense forests, jungles, national parks, Jesuit missions and the Chaco; one of South America's great wilderness areas. It is an adventuresome country, unlike any other on the continent.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 15 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

A small number of British tourists visit Paraguay every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but violent crime is increasing.

The British Embassy in Paraguay opened on 2 October 2013.

There are multiple outbreaks of dengue fever in Paraguay. You should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

There is a general threat from terrorism.

Edited by Jane Duru
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