Paraguay doesn't have the glamour, the exoticism or the outrageous landscapes of its neighbours. Most people who visit it at all just pass through to places deemed more interesting. It is poor, even by South American standards. Ciudad del Este in the southeast offers easy access to the mighty Iguacu Falls between Brazil and Argentina.

It is host to the descendants of a variety of European and Australian settlers. Spanish, Guarani and Portuguese are spoken in different parts of the country. Much of the west of the country is taken up by the sparsely populated Gran Chaco plain. There is much deforestation here, to the chagrin of environmental campaigners.



Why you should go:

You want to see all of South America.

Why you shouldn't:

You have limited time.

Map of Paraguay