Ready to step off the beaten path? Latin America’s friendliest and most laid-back destination, Paraguay, has much to offer the adventurous traveler. Stemming from a unique blend of European and indigenous cultures, Paraguay boasts rich traditions, from language to food and festivities. Paraguay’s complex mosaic of eco-systems, from the sun-baked Chaco to the towering canopies of the Atlantic Forest, allow for world class birding and close encounters with wildlife. With its lush landscapes, friendly people, and vibrant culture, Paraguay will charm you from the start.
Of Paraguayan descent, the author spent four years exploring Paraguay’s hidden gems and popular tourist attractions. This is an invaluable guide to experiencing everything Paraguay has to offer with cultural insights and practical recommendations. Included is the only available guide to traveling along the Paraguay River to the Pantanal, a little visited region where remote indigenous communities coexist with endangered wildlife. No matter your budget or appetite for adventure, this book is a must for discovering the real Paraguay.
Great Guidebook, Perfect Especially for Peace Corps Volunteers or Backpackers
I highly recommend this guidebook to anyone planning to travel to or live in Paraguay for any length of time.
This Other Places guide easily outshines the other options in both breadth and scope. Lonely Planet's Shoestring Guide to South America features a laughably tiny chapter on Paraguay, while the Bradt guidebook is solid on Paraguay's religious history but valuable for little else.
Unlike Bradt, which seems to assume that everyone traveling in Paraguay will have a car (?!?), this guidebook contains valuable information on bus lines and terminals and on navigating the larger cities on foot. And while the Bradt guidebook is either oriented towards an audience of senior citizens or written by one, as it contains virtually no information on bars or nightlife (an incredibly important part of experiencing Paraguay!), this guidebook thoroughly covers the best places to go out in Asuncion and the other big cities.
The author is herself half-Paraguayan, and her love for the people and culture of Paraguay is evident in every page. She also mentions that while researching the book she spent significant time among Peace Corps Volunteers. As a result, the book is full of tips and information from those of us who have lived "like locals" for over two years.
I highly recommend this guidebook to anyone thinking of visiting this little-known but beautiful country, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I highly recommend it to other volunteers, backpackers or anyone traveling on a budget.
- "ES," Amazon.coml customer
I received Paraguay (Other Places to Travel) and sat down to peruse it. One hundred pages later, I realized what a wonderful book it is. I found myself reading for the sheer enjoyment. It is so interesting and informative. I used to be a parttime tour manager for an American travel company specializing in South America. But I've always led tours by air of major destinations like Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Santiago and Machu Pichu. Then eight years ago my wife and I took a 10 week bus trip of 6 countries starting in Rio and ending in Quito. The two most amazing discoveries were Paraguay and Bolivia. The rest of the places had significant Western and European influences. But Paraguay and Bolivia were the real key to getting to know the indigenous peoples, their lives and cultures. This guide book captures that essence. In addition, the history and politics of these two countries is astounding. We've visited many of the major sites mentioned in the book (and ate lunch in the Lido Bar). We still drink yerba mate on occasion in a guampa. But this book made us want to return to Paraguay and experience even more. It's a cheap place in which to travel and a great place to shop. But, even more, we enjoyed getting to know the people. If you never get to go to Paraguay, this book gives you a good idea of what you are missing. Buen viaje!
- Don Miguel, Actual customer
Interesting and Informative
I have been to Paraguay a number of times in the past five years, visiting friends who live there, mostly sticking to the capital city of Asuncion. Touring in Paraguay was daunting, because there are few if any organized programs -- everything has to be one on one's own, and mostly in Spanish. The few guidebooks that I checked in the past did not seem helpful, so I bought this one in the hope that it might be of some use on my next trip. What a pleasant surprise! Detailed descriptions of places (some of which I've been to, so I know they are correct), with locations, travel instructions and even history and cultural background. But the best part is that this book is so well written that it reads like a novel. Honestly, it's a joy to read the background, history and culture sections (the ones I usually skip in other guidebooks). At the same time, the town and city chapters are crammed with to-the-point information that I'm sure will prove helpful. The hotels and restaurants that are listed range from moderately-priced to inexpensive, so I imagine they will be helpful for a range of people, from backpackers to diplomats (I'm a retiree, so I don't spend lavishly, but I won't sleep in a pup-tent either.) I like this author's style-- so many guidebooks have no style at all. This is definitely worth buying, even if you never end up traveling to Paraguay.
- Sara Little, Actual customer
My husband and I are looking into travelling to Latin America, during our winter vacation. Since we have some relatives in Paraguay, we decided to see if we might be interested in going there. We found this guide book, by doing a google search and we purchased the book online. It is extremely informative. We are now in the process of arranging our trip to Paraguay and feel better prepared to go there!
-Helen Lichtman, Actual customer