We spent some 2 months in Paraguay, over several visits in 2007 and 2009. Although Paraguay isn’t in any way spectacular, we came to appreciate the country as we stayed longer and got to know local people.
Staying with Local People
Among the most surprising moments in our journey was the invitation to stay in Mennonite communities and even with a couple of families. It gave us great insight into their way of life. Thank you all so much!
A second visit we won’t forget easily is our stay with Fundacación Hogar Unidos por Cristo, on the outskirts of Asunción. Taking orphans is one thing, but 200? Well, Patricia did it!
Overland Camping in Paraguay
We found Paraguay a safe place to travel and camp. On a couple of occasions we camped along the side of the road, asking for permission at a petrol station or a parking lot of a restaurant. Camping in National Park Cerro Corá, in the north, as quite beautiful except for the day it rained, and a good place to spend the night before (and after, for that matter) crossing the border with Brazil.
Having said that, camping in the streets of Asunción was discouraged. Not just by other travelers, also by locals, including the police. During both visits we were directed to the Botanical Gardens to camp free of charge, which was a perfect solution.
Read More: Overland Travel Guide on Paraguay
GPS Waypoints of Campgrounds & Overland Campspots in Paraguay
Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for camping. We decided to continue the page anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical. Please note that this is always our personal experience.
|Cerro Corá National Park |
Cerro Corá National Park. No entrance fee and camping is free of charge. Lovely spot (236 mtrs, Jul '09).
gps: -22.63180, -56.02390
|Route 3, Petrol Station |
Route 3, Petrol Station. Nothing special. Quiet night (Jul '09).
gps: -24.19973, -56.43342
|Ciudad del Este |
Ciudad del Este, parking lot McDonald’s. Nothing special. Quiet night (Jul '09).
gps: -25.50965, -54.63328
Trinidad. We stayed in the parking lot of Hotel A las Ruinas, free of charge. It is situated opposite the entrance of the Jesuit Mission (Jul '09).
gps: -27.12908, -55.70178
Asunción, Jardin Botanico, camping, According to the guidebooks, the Botanical garden has a camping. This is a bit of an exaggeration, but there is a spot where you can camp. The toilets are dirty, the shower is cold, but there are guards and it is a good place to meet other overlanders (Jul '09).
N.B. At six pm the gate closes and you won't be able to enter the Jardin Botanico until the next morning!
gps: -25.24893, -57.56900
| Lomo Plata |
Lomo Plata. Camped in the parking lot of Hotel Lomo Plata, where we could use the toilet facilities. Quiet place (Jul '09).
gps: -22.38802, -59.83497
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