Health & safety
Paraguay’s economy is in flux, but it’s still a relatively safe country. Don’t wander around on your own late at night in Asunción and border towns. Several years ago there were reports of armed robbery on buses traveling at night, although this seems to have dissipated. Muggings are common. Don’t display valuables – snatching occurs frequently on local buses. The Chaco is hostile and desolate with limited infrastructure – it is recommended that you go with guides. Poisonous snakes are common in certain areas, but mosquitoes are a likelier nuisance. Beware of strong currents when swimming in rivers.
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