Paraguay? It 'as to be Ascunción

24th Apr 2013

Paraguay's capital of Asunción offers inexpensive, laid-back delights in a city still largely untapped by tourist traps.

Lovers of city breaks can savour everything this South American country has to offer, including its wide array of shops, market stalls and restaurants.

You could take a walk around La Costanera, the two-mile riverfront walkway in the centre, take a boat to the nearby island of Chaco'i to enjoy the birdlife, or just relax in the Plaza and watch the world go by.

It's a lush, bustling city of flowering trees and gardens.

There are street vendors, markets, handicraft stalls, parks, historical buildings and other cultural sites, mostly around the centre.

Many of the outlying neighbourhoods, such as the one by the main bus terminal, are more what you'd expect from a major South American destination: ramshackle street stalls selling everything from T-shirts to newspapers, as well as restaurants and shops.

Romy Natalia Goldberg's Other Places Travel Guide: Paraguay (2012) is recommended by travel blogger Laurel Miller as the "must-have" accompaniment to a trip to Asunción.

Miller says the publication will become "your best friend" while planning your tailor-made holiday here.

It offers tips, times, locations and attractions: it will even tell you where to find the best chipas - cheese bread balls from neighbouring Argentina.

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