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Due to the intermarriage of
the Guarani Indian and Spanish civilization, Paraguay is a
bilingual country, with approximately 90% of its population
speaking both languages. This historical process has also
resulted in a mestizo culture which blends elements both Spanish
fine clothing hand woven and hand made. This linen cloth is
embroidered with threads of the same color, generally white.
The typical aho-poi is produced in Yataity. Aho-poi shirts,
blouses, tablecloths and napkins, are in very great demand.
Made of industrialized fine cotton thread, with combinations
of many colors, though the most traditional Ñanduti is
white. It is used for
centerpieces, mantles, and other
display areas where the handwork and color combinations can
be best appreciated.
Pottery is a popular craft known by the Indians, such as,
for example the Colombian method and finger molding of humid
clay. Today you will find the classical "cantaro" (bucket),
vessels, and human figures for decoration. The clay gains
natural colors through the application of oxides and firing
techniques (red, toasted, black).
In Paraguay, cuisine
has a great home tradition, giving a delicious combination
of meats and river fish, with a wide variety of fresh
vegetables and fruits, which you can find throughout the
year. The most popular dishes are based on corn, meat, milk
and cheese. The main dishes are: Chipa Guazu, Bori-Bori,
So'o-yosopy, Locro, Mbeyu, Puchero, Guiso, Mandioca and the
famous and popular Chipa. The local drink preferred by
Paraguayans is a locally produced dark rum, an alcoholic
beverage made from sugar cane; and tereré, an infusion of
yerba mate (ilex paraguayensis) and cold water, sometimes
flavored with medicinal herbs. It is served in guampas or
mates (gourd) and sipped through a Bombilla which is a kind
of metal straw.
the Republic of Paraguay:
The national colors,
or flag of the Republic of Paraguay is composed by three
equal, red, white and blue stripes. In the middle of the
white stripe it bears the National Coat of Arms and on the
back the Seal of Revenue.
Arms that is double:
on the obverse of the flag, a circle with a palm and olive
leaf intercalated in the vertex and open in the upper part
is shown with the star standing out in the middle, and on
its border an inscription that states: "Republic of
Paraguay"; and in the same position on the reverse side, a
circle with the inscription "Peace and Justice" and in its
center, a lion, which serves as base for the liberty symbol.
The Paraguayan flag is the only in the world whose two sides
are not identical.
This version reflects
the interpretation of the disposition issued by our Congress
in 1852, and was adopted by the Government in the late
1880s, although, unfortunately, we do not have a copy of the
exact document in our files. In addition to being the
correct version, it is also the most "popular" for
Government and the people's use, since it is the one in use
by flag manufacturers in Paraguay.
between the two is that, while the one in the front is the
Nation's Seal, used in official acts and on national days,
the one on the reverse is the seal of treasury.
If you are looking for
marvelous nature sites, beautiful colonial architecture,
wonderful landscapes, a enormous variety of plants and
animals, abundant rivers and water falls, exciting sport
fishing, hospitality and generosity, then Paraguay is the
The "Central Circuit"
is a round trip of 200 kilometers that begin and ends in
Asuncion, and covers the following places:
with its Gothic church and University Halls.
famous for earthenware and pottery.
one of the most beautiful churches in South America, built
and richly decorated by the Franciscans Missionaries in the
an area of picturesque hills and historic sites.
historic and picturesque. "Pirareta and Chololo" waterfalls.
the place where Paraguayan pay special devotion to the
Virgin of Caacupe.
a resort city built on the shores of Lake Ypakarai.
the center of "Ñanduti" production, where this craft is
widely exhibited for sale. One of the best possible
souvenirs of Paraguay.
famous for earthenware and pottery.
with its 18th century Franciscan church.
372 Km. from Asuncion, on the Parana River, facing the city
of Posadas in Argentina. The population is a mixture of
Polish, Ukrainians, Germans, Japanese and Koreans, engaged
mainly in agriculture and commerce. Famous for its Summer
carnivals, sport fishing, and the nearby Yacyreta Dam. It is
the point of departure to visit the ruins of the Jesuit
Missions of Paraguay. These extraordinary structures,
declared an International Heritage by the United Nations,
show a magnificent imported architecture executed by the
native people, and evidencing the great technical skill
required for the construction of the huge vaults of the main
Ciudad del Este, Yguazú Falls,
327 kilometers away from Asuncion, a young city founded only
three decades ago, on the border with Brazil, it is the main
access to the Yguazú Falls and Itaipu Dam. It is the
country's leading commercial center due to the flow of
imports and exports across the Parana River, you will find
Foz de Iguazu, and 20 kilometers from there, the Iguazu
Falls, located on the border between Brazil and Argentina,
it is considered one of the world's great wonders. More than
250 water falls spread in an incredible tropical landscape,
which you can enjoy through ramps and observatories. North
of Ciudad del Este, the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Dam is
the largest such project in the world, with a total length
of 8 kilometers and a height of 225 meters. It has 14
gigantic spillways which form artificial waterfalls and
generate an unbelievable 12,600,000 kilowatts of clean
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