Best time to go to Paraguay
Tours run throughout the year, but travel in September to early December, or April to May, to avoid temperature extremes and busier religious vacations.
With no real rainy season or tourist boom, there is no best time to go to Paraguay. December to February are the hottest months, with daytime temperatures in the low to mid 30°Cs, while July to August are the coldest. Days are still pleasantly warm; nights can drop to 10°C in Asunción. Consider avoiding pricier flights over Easter, Christmas and the July-August vacations (Paraguayans are also vacationing over Easter), although Asunción Day on 25 August is a lot of fun, as is the pyrotechnic-filled San Juan festival on 25 June. Iguazu Falls are fullest from Dec-Feb, although rain can cut off surrounding rainforest trails.
Asunción Weather Chart
Things to do in Paraguay
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Paraguay travel advice
David Nichols, from our leading supplier of Paraguay vacations, Journey Latin America, shares his tips for traveling in the country:
Why visit Paraguay?
“We find there’s always an appetite to explore new horizons, and Paraguay has always attracted a tiny trickle of keen travelers who have already ticked off the key destinations in Latin America and are curious about Paraguay. In recent years we’ve spent much time exploring and researching Paraguay to open it up to a wider audience, not just adventure-seekers. For example the Jesuit Missions Route of south-eastern Paraguay is a perfect add-on to a visit to the Iguazu Falls on the Brazil-Argentina border.”
The Chaco“The Chaco is likened with the Brazilian/Paraguayan Pantanal because it is rich in wildlife and a great destination for birders. However these are different ecosystems; much of the Chaco is semi-arid, a dry savannah and it does not flood seasonally like the Pantanal. The Chaco also lacks tourism infrastructure, and you won’t find quality eco-lodges in the wilderness, purpose built for international travelers. Instead you stay at local inns in the Mennonite towns of Filadelfia or Loma Plata and drive to the best spotting locations. So rather than just as a wildlife destination, the Chaco is best seen as a multifaceted experience of Mennonite culture and history combined with an element of wildlife and birding in an unusual, beautiful landscape of bottle-shaped trees and house-sized cacti. And you may find you’re the only tourist in sight.”
“Wherever you go, Paraguayans are friendly and, with few non-South American tourists, they are often curious about why you decided to visit their country. Spending the night in the formerly Jesuit settlement of Santa Maria is a great way to immerse yourself in authentic village life. In the Chaco, engaging with Mennonites and learning about their history is a fascinating aspect of a visit to Paraguay. Although the popular image of Mennonites is of shy people who wear quaint costumes, travel by horse and cart and conform to strict codes, the Mennonites of the Paraguayan Chaco are inclusive, modern and prosperous and wear 21st century dress. They like to chat with outsiders and tell their remarkable story and how much they love their utopia in the Chaco.”
More about Paraguay
The little ‘heart of South America’ has its own unique pulse. It is blanketed in dry forest and swampland interspersed with patchwork-square cattle ranches, and scattered with the ruins of Jesuit missions. Ignored by tourists for decades, there is a sudden curiosity in this quiet nation. Read our Paraguay travel guide to find out why.