The new edition of the first and still most comprehensive guidebook to Paraguay in English is engagingly written by a long-term resident. Paraguay is an emerging tourist destination, rapidly improving its facilities but still mercifully free from tourist tat. You can explore savannahs dotted with palm trees, red-earth roads, empty river-beaches, damp Atlantic forests, or the wild Chaco's 'green desert', all without running into another foreigner. You can swing in a hammock chugging slowly upriver, and enjoy some of the best bird-watching in the world.
Folk dance, harp playing and handicraft – particularly in sewing – are vibrant, living traditions. This is still a bilingual nation, with Guaraní spoken alongside Spanish – its character shaped by the legendary Jesuit missions with their romantic ruins and fine sculptures of saints, where the indigenous remained protected from European exploitation for a century and a half.
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 interaction, Giving something back
Chapter 3 Asuncion History, Getting there, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information, tour operators and agencies, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions
Chapter 4 Circuito de Oro Getting out of Asuncion, Suggested circuits, Travelling along Ruta 2, San Lorenzo, Capiata, Itaugua, Ypacarai, Caacupe, Itacurubi de la Cordillera, Towns north of Ruta 2, Luque, Aregua, San Bernardino, Altos, Emboscada, Atyra, Tobati, Vapor Cue, Towns south of Ruta 2, Pirayu, Piribebuy, Valenzuela, Sapucai, Travelling along Ruta 1, Ita, Yaguaron , Paraguari, Carapegua, Ybycui, San Roque Gonzalez, Quiindy, Parque Nacional Ypoa, Caapucu
Chapter 5 Misiones and the Jesuit Reductions Villa Florida, San Miguel, San Juan, San Ignacio, Santa Maria de Fe, Santa Rosa, Santiago, Ayolas
Chapter 6 Southeast to Itapua and the Ruins San Cosme y Damian, Trinidad, Jesus, Colonias Unidas, Excursion to San IgnacioMini, Excursion to San Rafael Nature Reserve, Encarnacion
Chapter 7 Southwest to -eembucu and the Old Battlegrounds Pilar, Humaita, Paso de Patria
Chapter 8 Excursion to the Iguazu Falls Puerto Iguazu, Foz do Iguauu
Chapter 9 Ciudad del Este and the East Ciudad del Este, Itaipu
Chapter 10 Villarrica and Central Paraguay Coronel Oviedo, Yataity, Independencia, Villarrica, Excursions from Villarrica, Caazapa
Chapter 11 Concepcion and the Northeast Getting there and away, Travelling on Ruta 3, Concepcion, The far north, Cruising the Rio Paraguay, Pedro Juan Caballero, Parque Cerro Cora and surrounding area, The east-northeast
Chapter 12 The Chaco Travelling along the Ruta Transchaco, Filadelfia, Boqueron, Loma Plata, Mariscal Estigarribia, The Pantanal
Appendix Selective list of fauna
Appendix Further information
Margaret Hebblethwaite is an established journalist and broadcaster,and author of several books on theology and the Catholic faith. She has lived in Paraguay since 2000.
'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'