The hot and humid capital of Paraguay is a young city – 65% of Asunción’s residents are under 30 years old. This demographic is reflected in the city’s booming modern nightlife scene and metropolitan shopping malls – particularly in the Carmelitas area, which has many shopping malls, bars and restaurants which would not look out of place in North America. If you are visiting in July there is a trade fair which you should visit to learn more about the country. There will be free samples of all sorts of consumable products to try.
The Jardín Botánico gardens are about 6km from the centre. And old estate of the López dynasty has been converted to house a small zoo and nature reserve, a natural history museum and the Museo Indigenista. If museums are your thing, don’t miss the opportunity to check out Museo del Barro. It has everything from indigenous crafts to political caricatures. You can get bus number 30 from Oliva, but if you miss the Shopping del Sol stop, fear not as you will go by Parque Ñu Guazú, its lakes and walking trails provide a lovely relaxing afternoon walk.
One of the first trains to run on the first ever train line in South America is on display at the old station Estación Ferrocarril, and the remains of major players in Paraguay’s wars are under military guard in the Panteón de los Héroes in Plaza de los Héroes, the centre of activity in the city. The huge palace Palacio López, which once carried the death penalty for simply looking at it, is now the seat of government and safe for wandering eyes. The previous centre of government, Cabildo, is now a cultural hub hosting events and exhibitions by the city’s creatives and intellectuals.
Why not take a guided stroll round Asunción? It’s the best way to view the best parts of the city, and the examples here are free, leaving you more money to sample the local’s fine cuisine!
Please note Strawberry Tours does not operate the tours listed above, however, we are currently looking for people from all over the world who are excited to show their hometown to others.
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