ASU - Asuncion


Surprises from Ypacaraí

By Ricardo Freire

Serene and organized, Asunción is a very welcome surprise to all the (uninformed) visitors who expect to the city to be the same crowded border trading post they find at Ciudad del Este.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Asunción wins visitors over with a historic downtown that still preserves important buildings. Its neighborhoods contain large parks, a lively nightlife, and, as you might expect, excellent shopping malls that offer Paraguay’s great prices in a pleasant environment.

The attractions are not limited to the capital. In the surrounding region, there are colonial cities and mountain and summer resorts – like the friendly San Bernardino on the shores of Lake Ypacaraí (right: the one from Caetano Veloso’s “Recuerdos”), only 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the capital.


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The city center is quite photogenic. Don’t forget to take in López Palace – and on the other side of the street, visit the Manzana de la Rivera, a group of nine houses that operates as a cultural center. Calle Palma (Palm Street) boasts many neoclassic buildings.

For shopping, check out the malls in the more upscale neighborhoods, like the Shopping del Sol, the Mariscal López and the Villa Morra. At night, choose one of the countless bars found at the Paseo de Carmelitas, in Villa Morra.

If you have time, visit the colonial city of Luque (12 km / 7 mi), be moved by the delicate handcrafts that can be found in Itauguá (40 km / 25 mi), and view the collection of indigenous feather art at the Boggiani Museum in San Lorenzo (12 km / 7 mi).