Anytime we mentioned that our plan was to hop across the border to see Paraguay the response was the same 'why? There's nothing there!' We decided to go anyway. Truth be told there wasn't a whole lot going on, it's a country with a huge rich/poor divide and very few tourists go meaning that there isn't much of an infrastructure for backpackers.
We visited three cities in Paraguay; Ciudad del Este, Asuncion and Encarnacion. In Ciudad del Este we saw Itaipu Dam, in Asuncion (the capital) we wandered aimlessly in the heat and in Encarnacion (the nicest city) we visited the Jesuit Missions.
Despite the limited sights and flat landscapes I'm glad we visited the off the beaten track country. Many Paraguayans were among the friendliest people we've encountered so far, every meal we had was truly delicious and everything was cheap.
• watching the sun set over the vast river in Encarnación.
• discovering delicious bread sold on the streets and buses.
• the sweet and very trendy café in Asuncion.
• the Persian cat at the hostel in Cuidad del Este.
• chatting with James, fellow Brit who we met on the coach to Asuncion.
• exploring Jesuit Missions.
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