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Paraguay travel agencies directory

Sometimes it is fun to travel around Paraguay or perhaps take a trip to Buenos Aires or another interesting destination while in Paraguay. I defenitely recommend that while you are in Paraguay to travel around South America a bit, it is so beautiful.

There are a few agencies on this list that organize trips to Encarnacion, Iguazu Falls and Ciudad del este, called the golden triangle. There are also many options to travel inside Paraguay, you can even book a trip by boat.

Here is a complete list of all Travel Agencies available in Asuncion

Enjoy your next trip…wherever it might be to =)

http://www.vipstour.com.py/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=11&Itemid=237&limit=10&limitstart=0&lang=

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It has been a long time…

I’m back! It has been a long time since my last post, I’m so sorry about that, many things came along but I’m finally back to blogging again =)

I have been to Prague recently…while waking on the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and looking at the Vlatava river, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, I said to myself there is no more beautiful place in the world than Paraguay, sounds crazy, no?…love is so subjective but at that moment I realized that wherever in the world Iam, there will never be a more beautiful place than my own, no matter where I go, no matter how far I go to find the perfect place…there is none but one, just one.

I found myself suddently thinking about the present Xmas time in Paraguay, that I will be missing again this year, I imagined myself buying Flor de coco from that street vendor at street a light…the smell of flor de coco is so unique, that is the Xmas smell. I cant never relate Xmas to the cold weather…Xmas for me is in summer with warm weather…hard to imagine no? well, that is the way I grew up.

Now friends are telling me that Xmas is becoming also very commercial, that is the part that doesnt make any sense for me…but well, thats the “evolution” of times I guess.

It is so funny when you go to the malls in Asuncion where they put the airconditioning on and on their Christmas trees the lay cotton simulating snow, I always observed that, they want to recreate a cold inviroment for Christmas but the true is that people even die of heat during the summer.

I hope that Asuncion is not become that fast and crazy kind of city…it’s been 8 years since I left, I guess that many things have changed but I hope that some things will always be the same…at least in my imagination.

Cheers…to the most beautiful city in the world!

Here a little xmas gift for you!

Chipa Guazu Recipe, to prepare for Xmas!, very traditional on Xmas table and one of my favorite Paraguayan Dishes!

Origin of the name

The “chipa guasu” owes its name to the conjunction of two words. The first, “chipa” refers generically to a diverse group of cakes that has corn as a base for its preparation and that is part of the “Tyra”, a Guarani term that names every food consumed to accompany the “mate cocido”, milk or coffee, or prepared just to be an addition to other dishes. The second word that intervenes in the composition of the name, “guasu”, means “big” by which it can be inferred that “chipa guasu”, is the biggest of all “chipas”.

Ingredients

In the preparation of “chipa guasu” are used: medium size onions, water, salt, pork fat, eggs, Paraguay cheese (a very fresh cheese), milk and corn grains.

Preparation

* I use butter instead of pork fat and canned corn, just modify this recipe, i wont taste as the originally but it still will taste great with some practice.

Chopped onions, water and salt, are boiled in a pot for about 10 minutes, and then let cool down. The pork fat is whipped until it turns creamy and a much lighter color, then the eggs are added one by one along pieces of fresh cheese, all without stop whipping. The boiled onions are added to this creamy preparation, and also the grains of corn (that have been previously mollified) and the milk.

Mix all together and the result is a paste that is put in a buttered or floured oven tray.

It’s cooked in the oven, at low heat (around 200°C) for about an hour and a half.

A variant of “chipa guasu” may not contain eggs, in which case it requires more milk.

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Discovering Paraguay’s “wild” side

I just found a really nice website of a German Gentelman that has been living in Paraguay for the last 19 years, he has a farm 16 km from Concepcion, that is is a traditional fully functional farm which also doubles as the perfect place for interested travellers, bird watchers and students to stay and explore some of the best and wildest wildlife available in South America.
El Roble (the name of his farm) has very comfortable accommodation and excellent traditional Paraguayan and German cuisine. Almost all ingredients are sourced from the farm. If you would prefer to source your own, there are excellent fishing opportunities nearby, and if you would like to strike out from the farm we provide some adventure activities.
I’ve never been in a eco farm in Paraguay but will love to.
Peter has his own website now:

http://www.paraguay.ch/ check it out, you will find awesome photos and information about what to do and discover the “wild and adventurous” side of Paraguay.
he also has a blog: http://www.free-blog.in/elroble
If you happened to go please send your photos and I will upload them here =)

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Where to Party in Asuncion

First of all, sorry for not have written for such a long time, I came back from Py 3 weeks ago and there is so much going on right now…I hope I can tell you all the amazing things I did and saw in Paraguay. It was as always a great time and very productive trip as usual…and of course amazing food! I still have to shed the extra pounds LOL

Surfing around I found a very cool list that someone posted online and I wanted to share it with you, I didn’t write the list but I know all places listed in it and I find it really accurate and helpful for people that are looking to have some fun while visiting Paraguay, here it goes:

Britania Pub
(My favorite)

Is a pub in downtown,,, english style …. rock and pop music …. a lot off beer and other drinks …. is a nice place to go to drink and chat, and listen good musci
www.britania-pub.com.py
Pirata Bar
This is one of my favorites… is a Night Club, a dance club …here we call that a "Discoteca" …. very nice place, the decoration is about "Piratas"… about Ships and boats …… the music is Electronica, dance,, and some of Latin music … and a few of rock also
Is in the dowb town… 2 block from the "Palacio de Lopes"
www.piratabar.com.py
Coyote – Night and Fun
This is the most "Fashion" Night club …. I love this Disco ,,, very High Level ….. it is in "Barrio Villa Morra" …. near the shoping del sol and shoping mariscal lopez… the biguest shopings cenetre from asuncion. …. Electronic music, dance, and Latin music too.
www.coyote.com.py
Caracol Club
Anothee great Disco !!… it is in the outsides of asuncion,,, some far away from dowtown …. is a most Traditional Night Club from paraguay,,,, more than 30 years ….. is the same style of Coyote …. dance and electronic musica and latin too ……. two years ago , DJ Benny Benassi were there…last year Global Deejays…. an this year DJ Robbie Rivera…. nad next october 12… DJ Tiesto is coming
www.caracol.com.py
GLAM (very cool but for younger people)
This Disco is very near to Coyote,, in Barrio Villa Morra,, veeeery nice and High Level …. this Disco is the younger brotehr of Caracol…the same owners …. and the same kind of music
www.glam.com.py
EL SANTO
This disco is 2 blocks from the Shoping mariscal Lopez,, in Villa Morra, in a complex called MANZANA T where you will also find great restaurants like Sol Azteca (mexican cousine), Il Mangiare 2 and few others.
Paseo Carmelitas
This is a shoping center with 6 pubs inside… the pubs ar Camastro, ( I love the food at camastro, they have great desserts), Sky,, El Bar,, and Kilkeny…… this one, Kilkeny is a Irish pub,,, very nice place,, yeterday .
The others pubs are very nice also …. alternative music, some of electronic, ambient music, chill out,,, rock and pop.
Galeria Colonial
This is two block from Paseo carmelitas… is a group of 5 pubs …. the first one is the best,, called DEJAVU ,,, a great place warm up before go dancing …… there also is the "Il mangiare".. an italian restaurant, they make great Pizzas there!!

If you visit some of these places leave your comments!!

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Paraguayan Ads

After I got a request about where to place advertisements for Paraguayan I  made a research about it and found out 2 good options, they seem to be Paraguayan websites for Paraguayans living  in USA With news, interesting articles, Music, Guarani Folklore etc. Both seem to be entirely in Spanish but full of great stuff.

http://www.ecosdelparaguay.com/

and

http://www.ecosdelparaguay.com/

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Beautiful Photo session

While in Paraguay I worked on my new Paraguayan Jewelry collection, I want to share with you the results…After all i went to work there and not only vacation ;)

The jewelry is made with Larimar and Filigree, totally handcrafted in Paraguay by skilled artisans and designed by my =)

Now I’m back and will definitely blog more!

To check out the new collection please check my website out: www.larimoon.com

Enjoy the videos!

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Asuncion Postcards exhibition

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Ciudad del Este – Paraguay

Since I have family in Ciudad del Este I went there last weekend, we took the route 2 or Ruta 2 that connects Asuncion with Ciudad del Este, it took around 4 hours and a half to get there, the way is pretty dangerous and on the way I saw all kind of things like people with babies and small children in motorcycles without helmets, teens jaywalking and crossing the route, small booths on the side of the streets selling all kinds of fruits and other small items.

I honestly hate the route, there is absolute not respect for the other drivers, its a no law route, you have to guess what the other driver is going to do, and if you are lucky enough the driver coming from the other direction wont enter your lane. Take the bus if you have to go to Ciudad del Este, don’t drive unless you are used to and know the way you should drive around here.

The last time I was in Ciudad del Este was years ago, and now I remember why I don’t visit it every year. It is a small growing city that most of its income comes from goods sold to the Brazilians, in Ciudad del Este you can find all kind of goods, huge malls with all kinds of stuff you can ever imagine, from original to counterfeit…from delicatessen to car accessories, from perfumes to laptops parts…everything you can possible imagine, you can find there. But always be careful there are many things of poor very poor quality, like for example: I bought a 32 gig pen drive that cost 40$ and lasted 24hours, it literally felt apart…there is no guarantees…you but knowing that I wont last, unless you shop in certain shopping that you know you will get an original quality at a higher price than the competence.

The stores in Ciudad del ESte open at 6 am and close very early at 3 pm and 4 pm in some places, it is a place where you go to shop, the stores never end, when you think you have done shopping then you see more and more and more malls full of stuff, it is endless.

For Perfumes I would recommend Monalisa, for Cellular phone in Jebai Center, for electronics and computers Lai Lai center, for computers Nave informatica and Compubras in Vendome Shopping.

To eat there is a fast food place on the 3rd floor of Shopping Americana at reasonable prices, Monalisa also has a caffe bar on the top level at New York City prices.

At the end I found better deals in Asuncion, since ciudad del Este makes more of its profit from Brazilians because things in Brazil are currently more expensive they still find it affordable to buy from Ciudad del Este, but for us that live in Paraguay I honestly find prices higher there then in Asuncion.

If you go to Ciudad del este, check Iguazu Falls out, and don’t forget to check out the Duty free zone (ZONA FRANCA) between Brazil and Argentina, check visa requirements to visit Brazil and Argentina if you are not living in the Mercosur area.

I went to 3 countries in less than 3 hours, it was amazing to visit Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina in the same day! That alone made the trip worthy!!!

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My interview in ABC newspaper

Last Sunday I got an interview printed in the main newspaper in Paraguay ABC, in which i talk about my work as a jewelry designer and also about this blog and the community I’ve recently created.

It was a fun experience to share in an interview the things I’ve been doing lately to promote Paraguay, its artistry and the country per se.

Since you are big part of my life I wanted to share it with you

Online Version is here:

http://www.abc.com.py/abc/nota/4563-Con-la-filigrana-en-el-corazón/

Scan of the Printed version:

Muna Annahas interview

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A new place in Asuncion – Le club Francoise

Le club Francoise of French club is a new place in Asuncion, Never been there yet, but heard that it is a fantastic place for coffee, poetry, books, exhibits and drinks, it really looks amazing and my friends love this place. I found this article and want to share it with you…I’m looking forward to have a coffee there soon! Will let you know if its really amazing as they say it is…I truly hope so =)

club frances

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