Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de América (“Heart of America”).
Overshadowed by its bigger, flashier neighbors, Paraguay is a curious country that’s overlooked by visitors who flock to South American destinations like Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and the highlands of the Andes.
For those who visit nearby nations, though, Paraguay’s subtropical forests, broad rivers and unusual history can make it an intriguing detour.
Paraguay’s sprawling riverside capital, Asuncion, is the hub of its political, commercial and cultural life. Unlike most of South America’s capitals, it’s a relatively low-rise city where shade is at a premium, except on some lushly landscaped plazas.