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Paraguay

Asunción, Paraguay

Pit stop en route to Brazil

rain 20 °C

Asunción is the capital city of Paraguay, a lesser visited country by travellers as Paraguay has yet to really catch on to the idea that tourists equal money. We are a bit behind on our travels, and so only spent 24 hours in Asunción as it was the cheapest place to fly to near Iguassu Falls.

We arrived on a Sunday and so everything was shut apart from the shopping mall. We neededa new camera, and as this mall was the best in Paraguay, we were optimistic; however this mall was tiny and only seemed to sell clothes. There were no electrical shops. Instead we spent the afternoon hiding from the rain in a nice cosy café.

In the evening, we headed to the Lomo Jerimino district, which on a Sunday evening has various stalls set up for tourists. We walked along some deadly quiet streets until we reached this little neighbourhood which was lit up and decorated with plenty going on. We had some yerba mate tea, which is traditionally drunk in Paraguay. I found it far too sweet but Chris quite liked it.

The following day we ventured into town. We visited the local market, but no one tried to sell us anything, despite it looking like most the stallholders were selling the usual tourist tat. We found an electronics arcade and managed to buy the camera we wanted for quite a bit less than it had been advertised in Chile.

We wandered around town a little more, visiting various plazas before catching the 6 hour bus to Ciudad del Este, the border town to Iguassu falls.

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