Money & costs
The unit of currency is the guaraní (plural guaraníes), indicated by ‘G’. Banknote values are 1000, 5000, 10, 000, 50, 000 and 100, 000 guaraníes; there are rare 50, 100 and 500 coins. The perennial change challenge occurs in Paraguay – keep plenty of change and small notes as you go along – it comes in handy. Traveler’ checks can be cashed at casas de cambio (3% to 5% commission).
Casas de cambio are abundant in Asunción and border towns and change cash and sometimes traveler’s checks (3% to 5% commission); try banks in the interior. Some cambios will not cash traveler’s checks without the original proof of purchase receipt. Street changers give slightly lower rates for cash only and can be helpful on evenings and weekends.