Normally, before I head to the next town, I like to do a bit of research. With Asuncion, it was a little different. Trying to find any Lonely Planet book at a hostel about Paraguay was impossible. My normal go-to, Wikitravel, had outdated information. But, in a way, it was nice to figure things out on my own. Here are 5 ways to get accquanted with Asuncion:
1. Take a Free Walking Tour of Asuncion
I like free walking tours because they give me a nice overview of the city. The one I went on was from
Tours are offered Monday to Friday at 15:00 only from the SENTUR office. It usually lasts 3 hours.
2. Sip Tererè in a Plaza
Tererè is what makes Asuncion function. If you forgot your thermos at home, head to Plaza de La Libertad where you will find many vendors selling their own brew of drink. I still struggle drinking this after a sip.
3. Hang Out with Young Locals
Arsenal Cué is where people go after work. Located on the second floor, there are plenty of tables and balcony space to drink and chat. And they play my kind of music!
El Shop del Centro is where all the young people go after Arsenal Cué. It really is just a liquor shop with a huge outdoor seating area in the back. We sat on plastic beer crates while chugging back Pilsens and snacking on Doritos. This place closes in the wee hours of the morning.
4. Say Hi to the President
Considering this is where the President of Paraguay works, the
Palacio de López is quite open. It’s right next to a street, and the entrance is visible. Of course, there is security everywhere, so pedestrians and cars can’t stay too long there. But if you want to stay longer, there is a bar right across the street with a great view.
5. Take a Stroll Along the Paraguay River
Ok, it may not be the prettiest of views, but it’s still nonetheless. This stretch of the Paraguay River flows through the good and bad parts of Asuncion. Stick with the area near the Palacio de López to stay safe.
Other Tips for Asuncion
- If you are looking for unlimited crepes for breakfast and a comfortable place to sleep, head to Hostel Isla Francia. Joel, from Brittany, is a former chef who cooks up a mean breakfast. He’s also the life of the party.
- To navigate the local buses in Asuncion, go to CaminosPY.com. Unfortunately, there’s only a webpage version, but it works great. Each bus ride costs