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10 Exciting Things to Do in Asunción, Paraguay

Ishaan Govardhan Sep 19, 2019
Asunción—one of the oldest towns in South America—is Paraguay's largest and most developed city. The "Mother of Cities" is only for those tourists who are willing to go off the beaten track with an open mind. This city will reward your patience and curiosity with an unforgettably unique experience.

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Begin your trip at the magnificent Palacio De Los Lopez, the stunning seat of the Paraguayan government. Revisit it at night, when it's lit up extravagantly.
Swing by the National Pantheon of the Heroes for a deeper dive into Paraguay's fascinating history. This building is a mausoleum for national heroes like Don Carlos Antonio López and Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia.

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De-stress with some nature therapy at the lush 276-acre Botanical Garden of Asuncion. This is a natural patch of greenery where the locals can be found strolling around.

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Located at the same site of the Botanical Garden, the Zoo of Asuncion houses a variety of furry friends. Its claim to fame is the peculiar pig-like Tagua. These were actually thought to be extinct till they were re-discovered in the 1980s!
Head out from Asuncion to the nearby marshlands of Chacoí. Here in the wild, see if you can spot exotic birds like toucans, kingfishers and woodpeckers, among a plethora of others.

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Back in the city, hop on a bicycle at Parque de la Salud, to ride around its wide open spaces. Nothing like a bit of fresh air and light exercise.

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It's easy to lose yourself in Paraguay's national obsession: soccer. Watch a match with passionate local fans at Estadio Defensores del Chaco.
It's not easy to stop eating the scrumptious empanadas of Asuncion once you start.

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Asuncion has a couple of sprawling 18-hole golf courses waiting for you. An afternoon out on the links is just what the doctor ordered!

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Your stay at Asuncion will make for one of the most affordable trips ever. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, just pop by Casino de Asunción for some good old betting thrills!