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Explore Paraguay: The Best Hotspots For Expats

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Explore Paraguay: The Best Hotspots For Expats

Paraguay is an incredible country in South America that has become one of my top countries for investment purposes, with numerous real estate plays I’ve introduced to my clients. Aside from that, this is a place where expats can immerse themselves in a blend of cultural vibrancy, historical richness, and natural beauty.

Asunción, the capital, is a bustling metropolis where colonial heritage meets contemporary art, offering a glimpse into the nation's soul through museums and lively markets. The country's history is felt in the Jesuit ruins of Trinidad and Jesús, where the fusion of European and Guarani cultures has left a unique legacy of art, music, and education. 

Paraguay is a place to create memories that last a lifetime. In this article, we will touch on a few of the must-see locations in Paraguay.

 

Palacio de Lopez, Asunción, Paraguay

Palacio de Lopez, Asunción, Paraguay

WHAT ARE THE MUST-SEE LOCATIONS?

Paraguay promises a great experience for all who venture into its embrace. From the awe-inspiring Iguaçu Falls to the bustling shopping centers of Ciudad Del Este, each destination tells a story, offering a unique perspective on this enchanting country.

I have selected some places for all of you in the list below that certainly won't leave you bored. This country is fun for those who love nature and even football fans.

 

PALACIO DE LOS LÓPEZ

Situated in the capital city of Asunción, the Palacio de los López is the epitome of architectural elegance. Serving as the seat of the Paraguayan government, this iconic building illuminates the cityscape with its stunning facade, especially when bathed in light at night. A guided tour reveals the palace's historical significance and offers a glimpse into the country's political heritage.

 

IGUAÇU FALLS

Though primarily located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, the majestic Iguaçu Falls can also be experienced from Paraguay. The visit is worth the detour for those in the Ciudad Del Este area. Large and wider than Niagara, these falls offer a breathtaking natural spectacle best enjoyed through boat tours and panoramic viewing platforms.

 

National Pantheon of the Heroes in Asuncion, Paraguay

National Pantheon of the Heroes in Asuncion, Paraguay

SOUTH AMERICAN FOOTBALL MUSEUM

A haven for football enthusiasts, the South American Football Museum in Luque celebrates the continent's passion for the sport. It houses an impressive collection of memorabilia, trophies, and interactive exhibits detailing the rich history of South American football and its influence on the global stage.

 

SHOPPING NISSEI

Nestled in the bustling commercial hub of Ciudad Del Este, Shopping Nissei is a paradise for shoppers. Known for its electronic goods, perfumes, and various international brands, Nissei offers a shopping experience that combines quality with affordability, making it a must-visit for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy.

 

MUSEO DEL BARRO

The Museo del Barro in Asunción is a cultural treasure trove that showcases Paraguay's rich artistic heritage. The museum offers a profound insight into the country's diverse cultural fabric with an extensive collection of indigenous art, ceramics, textiles, and contemporary works.

 

SHOPPING DEL SOL

As Asunción's premier shopping destination, Shopping del Sol caters to all tastes and budgets. Featuring a wide range of local and international brands, cinemas, and dining options, it represents the modern face of Paraguay, offering a comfortable and upscale shopping experience.

 

NATIONAL PANTHEON OF THE HEROES

The National Pantheon of the Heroes, located in the heart of Asunción, is a revered monument and mausoleum that honours Paraguay's heroes of the Triple Alliance War. The solemn atmosphere and architectural beauty make it a poignant site for understanding Paraguay's resilient spirit.

 

Jesuit Guarani Reductions of Jesús de Tavarangue, Paraguay

Jesuit Guarani Reductions of Jesús de Tavarangue, Paraguay

THE JESUIT RUINS OF JESÚS DE TAVARANGUE

The Jesuit Ruins of Jesús de Tavarangue, near Encarnacion, offer a fascinating glimpse into the country's colonial past. These well-preserved ruins reflect the unique blend of indigenous and Spanish influences that characterized the Jesuit missions in the region.

 

MONALISA

Monalisa in Ciudad Del Este is not just a shopping destination but a landmark of luxury and quality. Renowned for its duty-free goods, ranging from high-end cosmetics to fine wines, Monalisa offers an exquisite shopping experience that attracts visitors across South America and beyond.

 

PASEO LA GALERIA

Paseo La Galeria, one of Asunción's newest shopping centers, combines luxury with leisure in a contemporary setting. Its array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, including a cutting-edge cinema complex, offers a vibrant and modern shopping experience.

 

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A traditional Paraguayan asado

A traditional Paraguayan asado

WHAT ARE THE PARAGUAYAN MUST-EAT FOODS?

Paraguay offers a diverse gastronomic experience, with dishes to suit all tastes and budgets. The key is to research well and enjoy each experience. Below are some well-known traditional dishes in the country, but don't limit yourself to this list; many more delicious foods might appeal to you.

 

ASADO PARAGUAYO

Asado Paraguayo is more than just a culinary tradition in Paraguay; it's a celebrated social event that brings families and friends together around the grill. This Paraguayan barbecue features a variety of meats, including beef, pork, and sometimes chicken, all slow-cooked to perfection over a wood-fired grill. The distinctive flavours come from natural hardwoods, which impart a smoky richness to the meats, often accompanied by mandioca (cassava) and various salads. Asado Paraguayo is not merely a meal but an expression of culture and community, where gathering, cooking, and sharing food strengthens bonds and celebrates Paraguayan hospitality.

 

SOPA PARAGUAYA

Sopa Paraguaya is a misnomer that might confuse those expecting a liquid soup, for it is a savoury cornbread unique to Paraguay. This traditional dish is made from a hearty mixture of cornmeal, cheese, milk, onions, and sometimes lard, which is then baked until it achieves a dense, cake-like texture. Sopa Paraguaya's origins are steeped in folklore and history, symbolizing the fusion of indigenous Guarani and Spanish culinary traditions. Its comforting texture and rich flavours make it a beloved staple at gatherings, offering a taste of Paraguayan warmth and heritage in every bite.

 

A small portion of Chipa Guazú

A small portion of Chipa Guazú

CHIPA GUAZÚ

Chipa Guazú, akin to Sopa Paraguaya, is another corn-based delicacy, yet it stands out for its lighter, soufflé-like texture. This dish is made from fresh corn kernels blended with cheese, milk, eggs, and onions, creating a moist, flavorful cake served as a side dish at Asados or enjoyed as warm comfort food. Chipa Guazú, with its juicy kernels and creamy consistency, reflects the agricultural roots of Paraguay, celebrating the country's bountiful corn harvests. Its simplicity belies its depth of flavour, embodying Paraguayan cuisine's rustic and homey essence.

 

MBEJU 

Mbeju is a traditional Paraguayan flatbread with a crispy exterior and a soft, stretchy interior, made from a blend of starch (typically from mandioca), cheese, and sometimes fat, cooked on a clay griddle or pan. This staple food has a rich history, is deeply intertwined with the Guarani culture, and serves as a versatile accompaniment to various meals or is enjoyed on its own as a snack. Mbeju's unique texture and rich, cheesy flavour make it a beloved comfort food emblematic of Paraguay's culinary ingenuity and people's connection to their indigenous roots and the land.

 

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The San Jose Beach in Encarnacion, Paraguay

The San Jose Beach in Encarnacion, Paraguay

CONCLUSION

Paraguay is a stunning country for expats to explore, with plenty of sights and eats to keep you busy. From the historical echoes in the ruins of Jesús de Tavarangue to the natural majesty of Iguaçu Falls to architectural wonders like the Palacio de los López, this country has it all. The Paraguay experience is enhanced even further by the warmth of its people, whose welcoming nature can be felt from the bustling markets of Asunción to the tranquil expanses of the countryside.

Adding to its charm is Paraguay's delectable cuisine, a reflection of its cultural and agricultural richness. The communal tradition of Asado Paraguayo, the unique flavours of Sopa Paraguaya, Chipa Guazú, and the distinctive Mbeju highlight the country's culinary diversity and the integral role of food in its cultural expression. These dishes, rooted in the fusion of indigenous Guarani and Spanish influences, offer an engaging taste of Paraguay's heritage. Together, the country's attractions and its culinary delights create a compelling call to immerse in its history, natural beauty, and the communal warmth of its people, promising that a journey to Paraguay is not just a visit but a cherished memory and an experience that urges you to return.

 

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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money®, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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