Asunción was once of major importance to the Spanish colonial administration and the city developed based on its port and fertile land resources. It was used as a vacation spot by the Spanish. Today, it serves the country of Paraguay as a tourist location and the capital city. A tour of the city can be of a different experience altogether.
Most of the historically important buildings and tourist spots in the city are within walk-able distance. The National Congress is an impressive modern building. Plaza de la Independencia is a picturesque place with fountains and the National Cathedral which exhibits religious art on the gilded altar. One may also wish to visit the National Museum, the Visual Arts Museum, and the Fine Arts Museum. Casa Viola is an important example of early colonial structure and was recently renovated by the Spanish Government. Taking a car for rent in Asunción is advisable for comfortable travelling.
Jardín Botánico, the city’s botanical garden is a few minutes’ drive away from the city. The Carmelitas area has grown to be the entertainment and retail hub of the city. One will find numerous large shops and stores and bars and restaurants in this area. Bird watching is a major outdoor activity in Asunción and, keeping in that mind, the Parque de Museo de Historia Natural, a park along with natural history museum is being renovated. It offers a golf course and a camping area along with a small zoo. Villa Florida, Itaugua, Iguazu Falls in Argentina and San Bernardino are popular gateways and excursion locations located very near to Asunción. With so many options at hand, it would be best to hire a car in Asunción.
Finding a good place to have a meal or dine is not a problem in Asunción. One will easily come across budget as well as expensive restaurants and food joints. Hotels and drive inns are plenty in number to suit everybody. Take a car for hire in Asunción and explore the best of these. A word of caution to all travelers is to be careful while they shop in Asunción and carry home the best deal. Locally made indigenous crafts and artisan work are available in all markets. These consist of tooled leather, carved wood, pottery etc. An exclusive Paraguayan handicraft product is the lacework called Nanduti. On the whole, Asunción is more or less an affordable tourist destination.
To reach Asunción, the best option is to reach either of the cities of Lima, Sao Paulo or Buenos Aires and take a car or taxi or bus from there to the city. Enjoy a traditional and peaceful holiday in Asunción.
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