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Asuncion

Asuncion

Asuncion in full Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion City (pop., 2002 Prelim.: 513,339), capital of Paraguay. It lies on the PARAGUAY RIVER near its confluence with the PlLCOMAYO RIVER. Founded in 1537 by Spanish CONQUISTADORes, it replaced BUENOS AIRES as the headquarters of Spanish colonial activities in eastern South America during the period of the latter's depopulation (1541-80). In 1731 Asuncion was the site of one of the first major rebellions against Spanish rule. The city declared independence from both Spain and Argentina in 1811. Today it dominates social, cultural, and economic trends in Paraguay.

Founded in 1537, Asuncion initially attracted Spaniards because of Guarani food and hospitality. but the city soon faded into obscurity when the and Chaco, with its hostile indigenous population, proved an unsuitable route to Peru.

Even today, Asuncion still has an air of remoteness. Seven hundred miles from the sea, with the Rio Paraguay providing an exotic backdrop, this may not be one of the world's great metropolises, but it is certainly the thriving social, political and economic heart of Paraguay. Despite a population of 1.2 million and a recent construction boom, downtown retains an intiinate 19th century feel, with low, balconied buildings and orange trees lining narrow streets.

Places to Visit


Casa Viola
Casa de la Cultura Paraguaya
Catedral Metropolitana
Casa de la Indepenclencia
Panteon de los Heroes
Museo Etnogrifico Andres Barbero
Museo de Historia Natural
Museo del Barro
Museo Boggiani






Asuncion Hotels

Trigo Del Sur - Mayor Infante Rivarola 653 Y, Bertoni, Villa Morra, Asuncion, Phone: +595 (0) 5 95216 02389
Sabe Center Hotel - 25 De Mayo Con Mexico, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 214 50093
Hotel Cecilia - Estados Unidos 341, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 212 10365
Internacional De Asuncion - Ayolas 520, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 214 94114
Yacht - Avenue Del Yacht, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 21 36117
Presidente Hotel - Asuncion Phone: +5Hotel - Caballero, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 214 92066
Ita Enramada - Cacique Lambare and Ribera Del Rio Paraguay, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 21 33041
Guarani - Oliva Independencia National, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 214 91131
Hotel Westfalenhaus - Soto 1 M Benitez No 1577c, Asuncion Pa 1728, Py, Asuncion, PA 1728
Plaza - Eligio Ayala Y Paraguari, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 214 44772
Gran Del Paraguay - De La Residencia Y Triunvirato, Asuncion Phone: +595 (0) 21 20051
Residencial Ambassador Hotel
Hotel Hispania
Hotel Azara
Residencial Itapua
Hotel Sahara
Nanduti Hotel

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