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Paraguay

Background

Paraguay

Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia, Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since then.

About

Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The country is rich in natural resources: the world's largest drinking water reservoir (Guarani Aquifer) is beneath its soil, the biggest hydroelectric producer--The Itaipú Dam--is on its border with Brazil. It's also the world's fifth largest exporter of soya beans, as well as a renowned producer of beef. Despite this, it is South America's second poorest country, and it is very common to see beggars asking for money on Asuncion's corners.

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ParaguaySheraton Asuncion Hotel 

Aviadores Del Chaco 2066
Asuncion
Paraguay

Price (US$): $174 - $225 / night

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Location. Sheraton Asuncion Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Asuncion's midtown area and local attractions include Asuncion Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, and Panteon Nacional de los Heroes. Other area points of interest include National Congress and Universidad Nacional de Asuncion. Hotel Features. Sheraton Asuncion Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves… more »

ParaguayGuarani Esplendor 

Olive Esq. Independencial National
Asuncion
Paraguay

Price (US$): $120 - $168 / night

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Location. Guarani Esplendor is located in Asuncion, close to Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, Asuncion Cathedral, and Plaza de Armas. Nearby points of interest also include National Congress and Palacio de los Lopez. Hotel Features. Guarani Esplendor features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. Spa amenities include… more »

ParaguayLa Mision Hotel Boutique 

Eulogio Estigarribia Esq. San Roque Gonz
Asuncion
Paraguay

Price (US$): $139 - $190 / night

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Location. La Mision Hotel Boutique is located in Asuncion and near the airport. Asuncion Cathedral, Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, and Plaza de Armas are local attractions. Other area points of interest include National Congress and Palacio de los Lopez. Hotel Features. La Mision Hotel Boutique's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a… more »

ParaguayHotel Las Margaritas 

Estrella esq 15 de Agosto
Asuncion 6311
Paraguay

Price (US$): $89 - $110 / night

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Location. Hotel Las Margaritas is located in central Asuncion, close to Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, Palacio de los Lopez, and National Congress. Nearby points of interest also include Plaza de Armas and Asuncion Cathedral. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Asuncion property has 2 meeting rooms. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel… more »

ParaguayGranados Park Hotel 

Estrella Esq. 15 De Agosto
Asuncion
Paraguay

Price (US$): $160 - $239 / night

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Location. Granados Park Hotel is located in central Asuncion, close to Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, Plaza de Armas, and National Congress. Nearby points of interest also include Palacio de los Lopez and Asuncion Cathedral. Hotel Features. Granados Park Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast each… more »

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Paraguay

Full name
Republic of Paraguay
Capital
AsunciĆ³n
Location

Central South America, northeast of Argentina

Geographic coordinates

23 00 S, 58 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than California

Border countries

Argentina 1,880 km, Bolivia 750 km, Brazil 1,365 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west

Terrain

grassy plains and wooded hills east of Rio Paraguay; Gran Chaco region west of Rio Paraguay mostly low, marshy plain near the river, and dry forest and thorny scrub elsewhere

Lowest point

junction of Rio Paraguay and Rio Parana 46 m

Highest point

Cerro Pero 842 m

Natural resources

hydropower, timber, iron ore, manganese, limestone

Population

6,375,830 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

mestizo (mixed Spanish and Amerindian) 95%, other 5%

Religions

Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other or unspecified 1.9%, none 1.1% (2002 census)

Languages

Spanish (official), Guarani (official)

Government type

constitutional republic

Independence

14 May 1811 (from Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 14 May 1811 (observed 15 May)

Chief of state

President Fernando Armindo LUGO Mendez (since 15 August 2008); Vice President Federico FRANCO (since 15 August 2008); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Fernando Armindo LUGO Mendez (since 15 August 2008); Vice President Federico FRANCO (since 15 August 2008)

Internet country code

.py

Internet users

1.105 million (2009)

Airports

800 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Asuncion, Villeta, San Antonio, Encarnacion

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