Must see attractions in Paraguay

  • Top ChoiceSights in Circuito de Oro

    Yaguarón Church

    This 18th-century Franciscan church is a landmark of colonial architecture that is not to be missed. The simple design of the exterior, with its separate wooden bell tower, belies the extraordinary beauty of the painted and carved interior, a masterpiece of religious art and one of the most ornate churches in South America. You will need to tip the caretaker if you want the lights turned on.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Panteón de los Héroes

    Asunción's most instantly recognizable building, the imposing Panteón de los Héroes protects the remains of Mariscal Francisco Solano López and other key figures from Paraguay's historical conflicts. There is a regular changing of the guard with all the usual pomp and ceremony.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Casa de la Independencia

    The Casa de la Independencia dates from 1772 and is where Paraguay became the first country on the continent to declare its independence in 1811. Rooms are decked out in period furniture and displays contain items belonging to significant figures in the bloodless revolution.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Museo del Barro

    Everyone's favorite, Museo del Barro displays everything from modern paintings to pre-Columbian and indigenous crafts, to political caricatures of prominent Paraguayans.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Jardín Botánico

    From the center, Av Artigas runs approximately 6km to the Jardín Botánico. The former estate of the ruling López dynasty, it now houses the city zoo, a small nature reserve and a couple of historical buildings : Carlos Antonio López humble colonial house and his son Francisco Solano López former mansion. Take bus 24 or 35 from Cerro Corá.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Palacio López

    The grand pink Palacio López is the seat of government. During the early years of independence you could be shot for merely looking at the exterior! These days, despite being the seat of government, you will find security rather more laid back, although it's still closed to the public. The best photo opportunities are from the river side.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Cabildo

    North of the Plaza de los Héroes near the waterfront is the pink cabildo (colonial town council), which was once the center of government. This influential cultural center is a meeting place for bohemian thinkers, hosting regular cultural events and exhibitions by local artists, historians and academics.

  • Sights in Circuito de Oro

    Basilica de Caacupé

    Paraguay's answer to the Vatican City, the enormous Basilica de Caacupé looks quite out of place in this otherwise quiet provincial town. Though modern, it is still impressive, and the mural-lined stairs leading up to the bell tower are quite exquisite.

  • Sights in Circuito de Oro

    Museo del Doctor Francia

    In a little colonial house with a pleasant garden, the Museo del Doctor Francia is the house where Paraguay's first president/dictator spent much of his childhood. It is interesting for its period portraits and statues.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Conmebol

    The headquarters of Conmebol, the South American football confederation, is in Luque, on the road to the airport. It houses an impressive museum depicting the sport's history on the continent.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Estación Ferrocarril

    The Asunción–Encarnación railway line was the first in South America. One of the first trains to run the route is on display at the old Estación Ferrocarril (Railway Station), along with other items from the period that are decaying decadently. These days the station is used more for concerts, theater shows and recitals than anything else. Check the billboards outside for information.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Manzana de la Rivera

    Just across the street from Palacio López is the Manzana de la Rivera, a complex of nine colorful and restored houses. The oldest is Casa Viola (1750), where the Museo Memoria de la Ciudad houses a history of Asunción's urban development.

  • Sights in The Chaco

    Colonists' Museum

    The creaky wooden building that houses the museum is the original colony headquarters. It's filled with a bit of everything, from information about Mennonite history to handmade flamethrowers for combating locusts, and colorful Nivaclé headdresses.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Cementerio de la Recoleta

    This cemetery, 3km east of the center along Av Mariscal López, is a maze of incredible mausoleums as Asunción's wealthy try to do outdo each other in the grandeur of their resting places.

  • Sights in Circuito de Oro

    Tupasy Ycuá

    No trip to Caacupé would be complete without bathing yourself in the holy water of the Tupasy Ycuá. You can also take some home with you. Virgin-shaped water bottles are on sale nearby.

  • Sights in The Chaco

    Jakob Unger Museum

    The natural-history museum, named after the famous Mennonite naturalist, is stuffed with taxidermied animals and is part of the impressive Filadelfia museum complex.

  • Sights in Asunción

    Catedral Metropolitana

    On the eastern side of Plaza Constitución is the unremarkable Catedral Metropolitana, with its equally unremarkable museum.

  • Sights in The Chaco

    Museo Loma Plata

    A small museum of Mennonite history, next to the tourist information office. Information in English available.