Looking out over a bay on the eastern bank of the Río Paraguay, almost opposite its confluence with the Río Pilcomayo, Asunción's centre is a testament to 19th-century ideals, with names reflecting its heroes and battles. Tree-lined avenues, parks and squares break up the rigid grid system. In July and August the city is drenched in colour with the prolific pink bloom of the lapacho trees, which grow everywhere. There are quaint corners, top-class restaurants and the nostalgia of harp and guitar music.

Getting there

The international
is in Luque, 16 km northeast of the city centre, to which taxis, buses and an airport-to-hotel minibus service run. It takes from 30-45 minutes from the airport to town. The
bus terminal
is south of the centre, also 30-45 minutes away. You can go by taxi or by city bus . Both the airport and bus terminal have tourist information desks.

Getting around

Most of the historical sights of interest are in a relatively small area by the river, so walking between them is not a problem. Similarly, there are many central hotels which can safely be reached on foot. Places outside this zone are easily reached by taxi or bus. If going by taxi, give driver the specific street address but also the name of the nearest intersection. Almost all locations in Asunción are referred to in this manner. Note also that the often-used "casi" (near) generally means "at the corner of". The bus system is extensive and runs 0600-2400; buses stop at signs before every street corner. Asunción is very spread out and transport so slow that you need to allow 1½ hours to get beyond its limits.

Tourist offices

Information on Asunción at (Spanish and English). The city of Asunción's municipal web site
also has excellent, up-to-date information in Spanish.


Plaza de la Independencia is often referred to as Plaza Constitución or Plaza Juan de Salazar. Plaza de los Héroes is made up of four separate squares with different names but these are very rarely used; it is sometimes referred to as Plaza Independencia.

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