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Untouched and unforgettable. Our Paraguay family travel blog explores some of the wonders of this magical South American country.

Two young boys running towards the ruins of a Jesuit Mission in Paraguay

Discover the Heart of South America In Our Paraguay Family Travel Guide

Bordered between Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia, Paraguay is a landlocked nation that has been largely overlooked by many travelers. However, in the last 25-years, Paraguay has seen a resurgence of influence and popularity. Its unique population, which is highly influenced by the indigenous Guarani culture and language, and the struggles the country has endured since the end of the Paraguayan war have shaped this nation.

Tips For Family Travel in Paraguay

If you’re new to international family travel, I highly recommend checking out our well-researched trip planning resources. It’s full of proven family travel hacks.

  • Currency
    • The currency in Paraguay is the Paraguayan Guaraní. The average value of the Paraguayan Guaraní is approximately $0.00018 USD. You can check out the current value here.
  • Capital
    • The capital of Paraguay is Asunción. This city, bordering Argentina, is home to over a third of the entire population of Paraguay. It is considered a shopping mecca due to its low prices.
  • Electricity
    • In Paraguay, the electrical outlets are 220 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz. It shares a common plug with Europe.
  • Cellular Phone Service
    • Cellular phone service is readily available in most urban areas of Paraguay. Most companies have SIM cards that are compatible with most phones. I have used the Airalo eSim app for all of my international travel.
  • Roads, Driving, and Public Transit
    • Many major roads and highways in Paraguay are well-maintained. Many are not. Be prepared for rough conditions, especially in remote regions.
    • Car insurance is NOT mandatory in Paraguay. Many drivers do not have insurance. We highly recommend that if you drive in Paraguay, that you are covered by proper insurance.
    • Traffic regulations are often ignored here. Drive with caution.
  • Paraguay with Kids
    • Paraguay is often overlooked when it comes to family travel. As such, it has not developed the typical family travel base that many of its neighbors have. However, this doesn’t mean that Paraguay isn’t ideal for family travel. In fact, its lack of tourism, relative safety, and beautiful rural and urban areas may appeal to many family travelers who enjoy exploring off-the-beaten-path locations. We sure loved it.

Important Words And Phrases To Know When Traveling In Paraguay

Like most of Central and South America, the main language in Paraguay is Spanish. English is spoken in many of the larger cities and by most tour guides. However, in most neighborhoods and communities, it might be challenging to find locals who speak English.

It’s always helpful to know a few words in the local language whenever you travel to a new destination. So here are a few important Spanish words to know before you visit.

Important Spanish Words To Know:

Yes: Si

No: No

Thank You: Gracias

Thank You Very Much: Muchas Gracias

You’re Welcome:  De nada (It’s nothing)

Please: Por favor

Excuse Me: Perdóneme

Hello: Ola

Goodbye: Adiós

Bathroom: Baño

How To Stay Connected And Get Internet And Phone Service In Paraguay

Most major cities throughout South America have excellent cellular service. If you have an older phone, I highly recommend purchasing a sim either at the airport or as one of your first stops on your travels.

If you have a newer eSim capable phone, you can save yourself time by purchasing an eSim ahead of time and having it activated before you arrive.

There are many companies that offer this service. I have used Airalo for years. It has been seamless in over ten countries. They have World, Regional, and Country-Specific eSims available. The price goes down the more specific you get. The regional sims allow for easy country-hopping if you are visiting multiple destinations.

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Jesuit Mission Ruins in Paraguay: 3 Amazing Sites Full of History

Visiting the Jesuit Missions in Paraguay makes for an incredible day trip. The two main missions are full of history and culture. We are suckers for historical ruins. The more remote and character-filled, the more we love them. In Portugal, the Moorish Castle in Sintracaptured our heart. While in Guatemala, it was the ruins of…

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