Paraguay is a landlocked country, that borders with Argentine, Brazil and Bolivia.
It is politically divided into 17 Departments: Concepción, San Pedro, Cordillera, Guairá, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Itapúa, Misiones, Paraguarí, Alto Paranà, Central, Neembucú, Arrambay, Canindeyú, Presidente Hayes, Alto Paraguay, Boquerón y Asunción, the Capital District.
The Tropic of Capricorn passes through the city of Belén, located in the Department of Concepción, dividing the country into a tropical area to the North and a temperate one to the South.
The country has a total surface area of 406.752 square kilometers, divided in two well-differentiated natural regions: the Easter or Oriental Region and the Western or Chaco Region, each one with their own fauna, flora and particular characteristics.
Although Paraguay is landlocked, the country is watered with numerous rivers, streams and lakes, which are all part of the La Plata River Basin.
The Guaranì Aquifer, considered one of the biggest fresh water reserves on the planet, flows underground. The Paraguay and the Paraná Rivers, which are the main waterways, are evoked in the traditional music and poetry.
Asunción, the capital city with a population of 600.000 offers the profile of a cosmopolitan city with a warm atmosphere.
With wide avenues covered by numerous species of trees that bloom during every season of the year, Asunción boasts modern hotels, shopping malls and theatres, alongside more traditional and historic architecture.
Other important cities include Encarnación, Ciudad del Este and Pedro Juan Caballero, all of them on the borders with Argentine and Brazil, also with well-developed hotel infrastructure, night life and natural beauty.