On the back of the soy boom, Paraguay continued to enjoy a healthy economy, even while the rest of the world plunged into economic crisis. The guaraní currency remains strong and the cost of living in dollars has risen exponentially over the last decade. Though it is still a reasonably cheap country to visit, first-time visitors often find costs to be higher than they had expected.
Banknote values are 2000G, 5000G, 10,000G, 20,000G, 50,000G and 100,000G; increasingly useless coins come in denominations of 50G, 100G, 500G and 1000G. Keep plenty of change and small notes as you go along – it comes in handy.