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Asunción, the Paraguayan capital offers its visitors a first-level cultural, touristic and gastronomic offer
Paraguay has created a complete offer that increasingly attracts more visitors, in addition to, according to the BBC, Asunción is one of the cheapest cities in the world, which opens an excellent opportunity for visitors to get to know the wealth of this country. It has activities of all kinds, including cultural, sports, leisure and gastronomy.
Leer en español: 5 recomendaciones para conocer la "Madre de ciudades"
Asunción is known as the 'Mother of cities' because of its colonial past. From this city departed the expeditions in charge to found more than 70 cities in the territories that at the moment are part of Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, the reason why it became a strategic center. The mixture of Hispanic culture, indigenous and the constant migrations, product of its geographical location, created a unique culture that is worthy of being known by tourism.
Here are five recommendations to visit the 'Mother of cities'.
1. Historical sites
Three places stand out especially, considered within the list of the Argentinian website Volemos:
- The Palacio de López is an emblematic building located opposite the bay of Asunción, seat of the executive power, built in the mid-nineteenth century. It stands out for its characteristic neoclassical U-shaped architecture and it is recommended to visit it at night, as there is a lighting design that makes it shine on the horizon.
- The Pantheon of Heroes is the mausoleum where the main heroes Paraguay's history rest. It was built taking as model Les Invalides, the place in France where the remains of Napoleon are found.
- The National Museum of Fine Arts presents a permanent collection and various temporary collections, in which you can appreciate the Guarani culture and the work of different Paraguayan artists. It has a free entrance.
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The most popular sport in Latin America is definitely soccer, a point in which Asunción is not far behind. The city is home to the Olimpia, Cerro Porteño, Guaraní, Nacional and Libertad teams of the first division, so you can attend national or international games in which the Paraguayan teams participate. In 2019, Asunción will host the final of the Copa Sudamericana. In addition, you can also visit the South American Soccer Museum located in nearby Luque, just 30 minutes away by car.
The Orquesta Sinfónica de Paraguay is a group created just over 10 years ago, during which it has become an attraction of the city. In addition to presenting the world symphonic repertoire, the orchestra offers thematic, didactic, special concerts and, if that were not enough, it also has programs dedicated to the music of Paraguay through its Folkloric Ensembl.
The Paraguayan site ABC recommends nightlife in the austral summer. Asunción offers a variety for all tastes, mainly aimed at young people: bars, clubs, pubs, cafes, and restaurants that never sleep. The activities are endless, from strolling along Costanera Avenue to enjoying national drinks in its different nightclubs. Latin music, electronics, rock, pop, and jazz, among others, are part of the offer of Asunción's nightlife.
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Paraguayan food has managed to stand out internationally. For example, in 2019, it won the Best Promotional Artistic Work in Gastronomy Tourism, awarded at the International Fair of Gastronomic Tourism in Miami, Florida, according to the website Hoy. The Paraguayan gastronomy offers ingredients typical of the region and techniques obtained by its indigenous, colonial and independent past.
Tierra Colorada Gastro stands out among the 50 best restaurants in Latin America, offering the best of Paraguayan food, including guaraní soup, manioc-based food, meat, fish and a touch of the avant-garde. It takes food from this country to another level.
LatinAmerican Post | Luis Hernández
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