Paraguay

Paraguay

Etymology

Country is named for the river, which is said to be from Guarani para “water” + guay “born.” Said to have been the name of a local chieftain who treated with the first Spanish explorers. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Comunidad Agil Paraguay – Open and free group. It is for those restless people, interested in Agility as a model of organizational management. You can participate people of any level of knowledge, age, discipline, ere erea, all we ask is desires to learn and to contribute knowledge and experiences to the Community. [meetup]

Eventos de Bancard – People related to the entrepreneurial area, e-commerce, technologies applied to digital payments. [meetup]

FINTECH Meetup Asuncion – This is a group for all those interested in technology, innovation, finance, economics, investments and committed to change the country. In this group you can meet other FINTECH enthusiasts in Paraguay. [meetup]

Posadas Online Marketing Meetup – This is a group for all those interested in marketing and commercial strategies, mainly in modern methods and resources. Online Marketing. [meetup]

PythonPy – Community of Python enthusiasts from Paraguay, subscribe! [meetup]

TEDIC- Tecnología y Comunidad – This is the site of activities of the NGO TEDIC, where we develop civic technology and defend human rights on the Internet. Here you will be able to find out about the events we do and reserve your place to participate in those that interest you most. Talks, workshops, hackathons, screenings, parties, there is everything :). We just hope you do not miss yourself. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Bird Quest Tours – Birdquest’s Paraguay birding tour is a birdwatching and wildlife journey through one of South America’s least-known countries. Our Paraguay tour achieves comprehensive coverage and records many great birds, including the striking White-winged and Sickle-winged Nightjars and the superb Helmeted Woodpecker, as well as great selection of mammals. [birdquest-tours]

Fauna Paraguay – FAUNA Paraguay provide professional cultural tours – the only ones in the country with EXPERT MULTILINGUAL GUIDES! Whether you plan a short visit or are keen to see as much of Paraguay´s cultural wonders as possible, we can design a tour that will meet your needs. [fauna paraguay]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Barter for a piece of their beautiful culture in one of the colourful craft market – No pressure, you can meander peacefully and paw your way through the beautiful hand crafted treasures and textiles at prices so low you feel a little guilty. [globe mad]

Enjoy a complimentary tour of their Parliament – Rock up in Asuncion and ask them when it would be possible to give you a tour; sometimes they can do it there and then. It will most likely be in Spanish but is completely free and it is a wonderful way to connect with their culture and hospitality. [globe mad]

Explore the ancient Jesuit ruins – As you meander through what appears to be predominantly colonial architecture look out for more tribal Guarani carvings, it’s a fascinating blend. [globe mad]

Sip on yerba mate – Buy a little leather wrapped mug at the market for around 25,000 PYG (3GBP /5USD) and look out for someone selling the herb mix, add some cold water and sip away, Guarani style! [globe mad]

Soak up the peace of Ypacaral National Park lake – This profoundly peaceful beauty spot makes for a wonderful day trip. You can relax on the inland beach, wonder around the lake, hike up to the amphitheater or rent a boat and sale out into the lake. [globe mad]

Star Gaze in the outback – There are endless place in this unspoiled country to star gaze, so grab a tent or a bivy bag and head for the hills! [globe mad]

Swim and shower in one of their beautiful national park waterfalls – Freezing but exhilarating. Paraguay is a great place to connect with nature as you adventure through their national parks. Rarely frequented, but well set up for hiking and camping. [globe mad]

Try Solid Soup – Yes, soup that is solid! Sopa de Paraguay is one of their favorite dishes and you can try it all over the country. You can buy it on street corners, or you can splash out and have it at its best at Lido Bar! Cost around 15,000 PYG (2 GBP/ 3.5 USD) [globe mad]

Understand Paraguay’s history through a 400 year old heart – This truly is the heart of Paraguay and the story behind the heart reveals a deep insight into their mysterious culture. You can go view the heart at Colegio Cristo Rey in Asuncion. [globe mad]

Zip and Abseil through the jungle – Rapido! Fast zip lines, a slack line, tricky bridges and a great abseil make for a great Adventure in the Mbatovi Eco Park. Adventure pack, including the jungle trek Costs around 130,000 PYG (15 GBP/ 23 USD) [globe mad]

Festivals

Festivals

Carnival – This is a multi-day event culminating on Shrove Tuesday (the start of Christian Lent). It is similar to other mardi-gras festivals held in other Latin American countries, such as the one in Rio de Janeiro. There are pageants and parades through the streets, and lots of music and dancing into the night. It is held in February (although the date is flexible according to Easter), when the weather is warm. [iexplore]

Dia de San Blas – This festival, held February 3 annually, celebrates Paraguay’s patron saint. Saint Blas festival sees its biggest celebrations in the city of Ciudad del Este, which has week-long open-air events leading up to it. [iexplore]

Nanduti Festival – Nanduti is the name given to a style of traditional lace crafted in the region around the city of Itagua. The festival is held in the city and has been running since its inception in 1970. Held in the last weekend of July every year, it showcases the region’s art, crafts, food, and music. [iexplore]

Oktober Fest – For an amazing insight into the curious immigrant communities that have shaped Paraguay, you can attend this beer festival which is modeled on its German namesake, held in Munich every year. This event is also held at the same time as its German counterpart, in early September, with the main festivities taking place in Asuncion, where German descendants of Paraguay proudly celebrate their heritage. [iexplore]

Verbana de San Juan – Held May 28 and 29, this event is a traditional fair celebrating Saint John. It hails from the Christian faith, yet the festival is part religious and part cultural, with bizarre rituals such as walking over hot embers a spectacle to watch. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Passenger Boats – Although a landlocked country, Paraguay has over 1,900 miles of inland waterways, so it is possible that you may find yourself on a boat journey at some point in your trip. The Paraguay River, the huge waterway that divides the country in two, can be traveled with Crucero Paraguay (+11-595-21-452-328) who organizes scheduled tours departing from Asuncion. Additionally, there is a slow service that travels up and down the river but these cargo boats, which were not designed to carry passengers, are uncomfortable and can get fairly crowded. [iexplore]

Taxis and Car Rental – Taxis are plentiful in the major cities of Asuncion and Ciudad del Este, while they are less readily available in cities like Concepcion and Pedro Juan Caballero. Compared to other forms of transport in Paraguay, they are fairly expensive so the locals don’t use them much. In Asuncion, taxis are meant to run on a meter, although drivers often choose not to use the meter, so it is worth negotiating the price before stepping in. Outside of Asuncion, meters are not used so always ask the price first. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – Even though Paraguay was the first country in South America to have an operating railroad in the 1800s, as of 2006 there are no working regular passenger services. Almost all of the 235 mile railroad is disused, except for a heritage steam train which runs a 24 mile section between the Botanical Gardens in Asuncion and the village of Ypacarai, passing the city of Aregua. This is a weekly tourist service. Asuncion used to have a city tramway, but it was abandoned in 1997. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Arduino Posadas – This group tries to form community, to spread and to teach the programming on the platform Arduino, and microcontrollers OpenSource. [meetup]

Hacks/Hackers Asuncion – We are HacksHackers Asunción, the local representatives of a global network that brings together journalists, designers and Web developers to work for the future of journalism. This is the space in the capital of Paraguay for anyone who loves to innovate, write, program, undertake, design, research, surprise, develop and re-evolve. If you want to be part of this venture, unite. [meetup]

Python Paraguay – Python Paraguay is created after the first PyDay in Paraguay that was held in Asunción on March 28, 2015 powered by the project “Argentina in Python” with the idea of ​​nuclear Python programmers and language enthusiasts throughout Paraguay. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Paraguay – Hola! And a warm welcome to the expat community in Paraguay! InterNations is a large network of expats in Paraguay and around the globe, with the experience and knowledge to help you in making a big move abroad. This trusted platform allows you to connect with other like-minded expats and make your relocation so much easier. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

SOMOS Gay – We are SOMOSGAY, and we are building a solidary association; we are committed with the innovation effective strategies against homophobia, improving HIV and AIDS prevention; defending the rights of those affected by this virus and the advancement of human rights in Paraguay. [somos gay]

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Resources

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