About this book
Bradt’s Paraguay was the first stand-alone guide to Paraguay published outside of Paraguay itself and still remains the most comprehensive guide available, covering the whole country from the best-known sights to off-the-beaten track attractions well beyond the tourist trail, plus a cross-border excursion to the Iguazú Falls.
This new edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect all the most recent changes, including new themed tourist trails such as the Ruta Jesuítica Multidestino (Jesuit-Guaraní missions) and Ruta de la Caña Paraguaya (Paraguayan rum). Also covered are new luxury hotels for international events, and the increase in number of flights into Asunción. Of particular note is the dramatic increase in posadas around the country: small, reasonably-priced, government-vetted guest houses in private homes, the number of which has increased significantly.
Bradt’s Paraguay offers all the background information required for a successful trip, from customs and etiquette to curious snippets such as the fact that football is believed to have been invented here in the Jesuit missions in 1793 in a game that corresponds to the game known today. Nature and wildlife are also covered, from the Pantanal in the north to the wetlands of Ñeembucú to the south, and to the Mbaracayu reserve to the east.
Immensely detailed, Bradt’s Paraguay is written by a well-established journalist who has lived in the country for almost 20 years, who runs an educational charity and who has founded a small hotel which offers tours around Paraguay and is run for the profit of local people. With everything from phone numbers of local keyholders to museums and churches to a map of how to reach remote waterfalls, Bradt’s Paraguay is the definitive source for a rewarding trip.
About the author
Margaret Hebblethwaite has lived in Santa Maria de Fe, Misiones, Paraguay since 2000, when she moved to this small rural town – initially for a year — to deepen her knowledge of Latin American base communities, because of the work she was doing on liberation theology. Eighteen years on, she is still there, but has spent less time on writing than she anticipated, as her time has been consumed by a number of community projects. She founded and runs the charity Santa Maria Education Fund (www.santamariadefe.org); works with the sewing co-operative Taller de Hermandad to help them with their marketing (www.santamariadefe.com); and founded the Santa Maria Hotel, which is run as a community project with all profits going to the local people (www.santamariahotel.org). This is the first book she has written since her move to Paraguay, but with the recent employment of a local field officer for the charity, she anticipates being able to write more over the coming years.
Part One General Information
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Suggested itineraries, International tour operators, Red tape, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Visiting museums and churches, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
Part TWO T HE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Asunción
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions
Chapter 4 Circuito de Oro
Getting out of Asunción, Suggested circuits, Fernando de la Mora, Travelling along Ruta 2, San Lorenzo, Capiatá, Itauguá, Ypacaraí, Caacupé, Itacurubí de la Cordillera, Towns north of Ruta 2, Towns south of Ruta 2, Travelling along Ruta 1
Chapter 5 Misiones and the Jesuit Reductions
Villa Florida, San Miguel, San Juan Bautista, San Ignacio Guasú, Santa María de Fe, Santa Rosa, Santiago, Ayolas
Chapter 6 Southwest to Neembucú and the Old Battlegrounds
Pilar, Humaitá, Fishing pueblos along the Río Paraná, Northern Neembucú
Chapter 7 Southeast to Itapúa and the Ruins
San Cosme y Damián, Carmen del Paraná, Guaviramí Community, Trinidad, Jesús, Museo del Arbol Complex, Colonias Unidas, Excursion to San Ignacio Miní, Excursion to San Rafael Nature Reserve, Encarnación
Chapter 8 Excursion to the Iguazú Falls
Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguaçu
Chapter 9 Ciudad del Este and the East
Ciudad del Este, To the north of Ciudad del Este, To the south of Ciudad del Este
Chapter 10 Villarrica and Central Eastern Paraguay
Coronel Oviedo, Yataity, Independencia, Villarrica, Caazapá
Chapter 11 Concepción and the Northeast
Getting there and away, Travelling along Ruta 3, San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú, Concepción, The far north, Pedro Juan Caballero, Parque Cerro Corá and the surrounding area, The far north of Cerro Corá, The east-northeast
Chapter 12 The Chaco
Within reach of Asunción, Travelling along the Ruta Transchaco, The humid Chaco, up to Pozo Colorado, Filadelfia, Boquerón, Loma Plata, Salt Lakes, Mariscal Estigarribia, The Pantanal
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Selective list of fauna
Appendix 4 Further information
'Words fail me in attempting to praise adequately your masterly Bradt Guide to Paraguay which has been of inestimable help to me in my understanding of a country and a people which I had deluded myself that I already understood reasonably well.'
Adrian J. English, author of 'The Green Hell' and 'Paraguayan Revolutions of the XX Century'