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Paraguay

Paraguay

A quiet, isolated country often overlooked by tourists, Paraguay is an unexplored nation in the travel hotbed of South America. It is the ideal destination for nature lovers, bird watchers and those interested in Amerindian cultures, who will enjoy the sanctity of this small, friendly, landlocked nation, as will those interested in its tremendous ecosystems that include marshland, savannah, subtropical farms, ranches and rainforest.

Nestled in the heart of South America, Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia). It border Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia and its terrain is comprised of grassy plains, wooded hills, marshy lowlands and powerful rivers. It is home to the Itaipu dam, the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, as selected by the American Society of Engineers in 1994.

The climate of Paraguay varies from mild to subtropical. Temperatures during the winter months (May to August) generally range from 16° to 21°C, though nights are occasionally colder. During the summer (October to March), temperatures range from about 25° to 38°C, with extremes of 43°C and above in the west. Paraguay is open to dry, cold polar winds from the south and to hot, humid north winds from southwestern Brazil. As a result, sudden sharp drops in temperatures are not uncommon. The capital, Asunción, has an annual average rainfall of about 130 cm, which is moderate for its latitude. There is no definite rainy season, although violent thunderstorms sometimes occur in the summer.

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