Paraguay – 113th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Paraguay is my 113th country.
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I took a three hour flight from Santiago and touched down in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. Paraguay with seven million citizens is a landlocked country, surrounded by Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina. Paraguay was the loser in the Paraguayan War from 1864-1870, the bloodiest conflict in South America. Paraguay lost approximately 60-70% of its population and 25% of its territory. Paraguay also holds claim to the longest serving leader of South America, Alfredo Stroessner, who led from 1954 to 1989, until he was toppled in a military coup.
I spent three nights in Paraguay, based in the capital of Asuncion. Asuncion is a sleepy, laid back town with a lack of tourists. It is a walkable town, and you are able to visit the sites in a day. I spent another day visiting the nearby Lake Ypacarai.
Paraguay – 113th Country
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Paraguay seems like an awesome country to visit. Are three nights enough to see all the highlights there?
Yes and no. Three days is not really enough to explore any country. But Paraguay is not overflowing with must-see places compared to so many other south American countries.