City Orientation Walk, Asuncion (Self Guided)

Sitting on the bank of the Paraguay river, the capital of Paraguay Asunción is a beautiful city, well worth being explored. Local attractions are plentiful and include, among others, numerous sites of colonial and modern architecture, such as the López Palace - seat of the local government, theaters, plazas, museums and more. To see them all, follow this orientation walk and enjoy!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Paraguay » Asuncion (See other walking tours in Asuncion)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: karenl
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Puerto de Asuncion

1) Puerto de Asuncion

Located along the river, Puerto de Asuncion is river terminal that serves as a transportation center for most of the freight entering or leaving the country. Although the port was originally privately owned, the government has possessed it since 1940. While port areas in cities around the world have the reputation of being dangerous places to visit, Asuncion's port is relatively quiet and safe. Here you can admire the magnificent La Bahia de Asuncion and many other colonial houses.
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Palacio de los López

2) Palacio de los López (must see)

Situated in the town plaza overlooking Asuncion Bay, Palacio de los López is one of the most beautiful and imposing buildings in the city. Built in 1772 and completed in 1892, it was designed in the Neo-classical style. It has wide staircases, verandas, and continuous arches that loop all the way around the top floor balcony. The main body of the palace is flanked by two wings that form a squared “U” shape. At the center of the palace, a lookout tower soars two stories above the roof.
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Manzana de la Rivera

3) Manzana de la Rivera

In a model for urban planners everywhere, the city of Asunción combined this manzana (block) of nine historic houses near the river into a pleasing cultural center. The oldest of these, the 1764 Casa Viola, the name by which many Asunceños refer to the complex, serves as a small city museum called the Museo Memoria de la Ciudad. The Casa Emasa, once a customs office, now houses La Galería, the center's art gallery. The 1914 art nouveau Casa Clari, the newest house, is the complex's café.
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Casa Viola

4) Casa Viola (must see)

The Viola House is a typical colonial construction dated from 1750-1758. Its location relates to the layout of the streets before Doctor Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia squared the city.

The house has a tile roof. There is a gallery in front; behind the gallery there is a blacksmith’s shop built over wooden beams and columns. Previously, the house had three big rooms, now there’s only one, located in front. In the back part there is a passing gallery, as a sample of the culata yovai, a type of antique Paraguayan house. The roof of the gallery is made of palm and tacuara; the tiles are set with a mud kind of cement.

Nowadays it houses the Museo Memoria de la Ciudad, a museum in commemoration of the city, and exhibits texts, maps, objects, paints, graphics, as well as other elements that tell the history of Asunción, since its foundation until modern times.

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Casa Castelvi

5) Casa Castelvi

Previously known as the “Casa Serra”, the “Castelvi House” is a building from the year 1804, and was still built within the colonial system. The house was built by the Catalonian José Castelvi, who was Asuncion’s vice mayor. It has the original doors, windows, window bars, and one of the floors. It’s a pre-Franciscan house, located 15 mts from the street; it has an external garden that forms part of the urban zone.

Nowadays there are two exhibition rooms: Juan A. Samudio and Domingo Martínez de Irala. There is also a playroom for the kids. In the garden of the house is named Patio Arecayá in commemoration of the Arecayá Indian rebellion, and is used for various outside activities.

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Independence House

6) Independence House (must see)

Situated on the corner of Presidente Franco and 14 de Mayo Avenues, Independence House is the town's oldest edifice. It is a national landmark, which has great historical significance. Built in 1772, it was designed in the Colonial style, with a thatched roof, bamboo framework, and walls made of adobe brick. Since 1965, it has housed a small museum, which displays furniture, old coins, and documents that provide a glimpse into Asuncion's past.
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Palacio Legislativo

7) Palacio Legislativo (must see)

Located in the historic center of Asuncion, Palacio Legislativo is the only post-modern building in the city. Opened in 2003, architect Gaetano Moretti designed the building. The structural form of the building is often compared to a truncated cone. The palace houses the boardrooms of Congress, the House of Representatives and VIP rooms. The Main Hall is one of the most significant areas of the building and serves as a venue for cultural events and activities, including permanent exhibitions of art. The downtown area of Asunción can be seen from the terrace of Palacio Legislativo. In addition to the view, the palace provides a great opportunity to learn more about the traditions and culture of Asuncion.
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El Cabildo

8) El Cabildo (must see)

Situated along Asuncion's Independence Square, El Cabildo was used to house Parliament until 2004. Today it serves as a cultural center and features impressive collections that are centered around Paraguayan musicians and famous national figures in the field of literature, theater and dance. It also has a large library and art gallery and is a great place to learn about the history of the city.
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Teatro Municipal Ignacio Pane

9) Teatro Municipal Ignacio Pane (must see)

Located in the center of the city, Teatro Municipal Ignacio Pane is a modern-style theater with beautiful architecture. Built in 1843 under the consulate of Don Carlos Lopez, it can accommodate 700 people. It is a popular venue for opera, ballet, and other performing arts. From 1997 to 2006, the theater underwent an extensive renovation project. It has since re-opened and is once again at the center of Asuncion's cultural scene.
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Hotel Guarani

10) Hotel Guarani (must see)

Built in 1961, Hotel Guarani occupies an entire city block. It is located in the heart of the administrative, legal and commercial part of town. The hotel is considered a symbol of Asuncion and South America. It was the first five-star hotel in Asuncion and for many years was the main point of reference when navigating the city. The hotel was renovated in 2008 and today has a crisp modern look that still pays tribute to its original 1960s design.
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Catedral Metropolitana

11) Catedral Metropolitana (must see)

Originally built in 1687, Catedral Metropolitana was reconstructed in the middle of 19th century. Designed by architect Carlos Zucchi, the cathedral is noted for its huge golden altar and religious art. The cathedral's altar is decorated with Jesuit and Franciscan silver and is enchanting to the eye.
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Edificio Aurora

12) Edificio Aurora

Located in the center of the city at the intersection of Caballero and Eligio Ayala Streets, Edificio Aurora stands 95.8 meters tall and has 27 floors. Opened in 1978, the Aurora was the tallest building in Paraguay during the 1980s. It is a residential apartment building, although the Headquarters of Migration is located on the ground floor. The building boasts a magnificent entrance and stunning foyer, as well as brightly-colored balconies.
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Estacion del Ferrocarril

13) Estacion del Ferrocarril (must see)

Built in 1861 by English architect Alonzo Taylor, Estacion del Ferrocarril is Asuncion's stunning railway station. Construction occurred under the rule of President Don Carlos Antonio López. The station's Neo-Gothic towers blend in well with the surrounding architecture. The balustrade above the cornice is a recent addition.
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Plaza Uruguaya

14) Plaza Uruguaya (must see)

Plaza Uruguaya is an interesting city park that provides a pleasant respite from the city's heat. A covered market that offers a great collection of Latin American literature is located within the park, as well as an old railway station, shuttered since the interruption of rail service years ago. In the terminal you can see a remarkable old steam locomotive, the Sapucaí, which is no longer in use. Visit the park to get a better sense of the true Asuncion.
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Wilson Tower

15) Wilson Tower

Located on Ayala Street between Constitution and Brazil Streets, Wilson Tower was, for nearly two decades, the country's tallest skyscraper, standing almost 100 meters tall. Currently, the tallest building in Paraguay is Icono Tower. Built in 1993, Wilson Tower serves as residential apartment building. The tower's facade, which resembles classic LEGO pieces, is quite unique.
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Museo de Bellas Artes

16) Museo de Bellas Artes (must see)

The National Museum of Bellas Artes, located on Mcal. Estigarribia, displays over 650 works of art, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, photographs, Paraguayan and international artists. As well as antique coins, furniture and various objects that belonged to its creator.

It was founded in 1909 by the collector Silvano Godoy, first director general of Museums and archives Paraguay. In 1939, the institution was formalized by the State as National Museum of Bellas Artes.

The works acquired by Juan Silvano Godoi come from artists of the 17th century, Italian and French half of 19th century, creators of Argentines who acquired some significance in subsequent decades and, of course, a whole generation of painters Paraguayans: Andres Campos Cervera, Carlos Colombino , Juan Samudio, Jaime Bestard, Holden Roberto Jara, Pablo Alborno, Modesto Delgado Rodas and Ignacio Núñez Soler, representatives of a school still in its infancy, but vibrant forces and energies.

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Walking Tours in Asuncion, Paraguay

Create Your Own Walk in Asuncion

Create Your Own Walk in Asuncion

Creating your own self-guided walk in Asuncion is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Asuncion's Northeast District

Tour of Asuncion's Northeast District

Asuncion is a colorful city with a fascinating history. East of the river, the town extends out into the hills, which resemble huge rectangular blocks rising above the bay. Splendid flowering trees, native fauna and beautiful parks and gardens are spread throughout Asuncion. This self-guided tour presents some of the most popular attractions in Asuncion's Northeast district.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Religious Buildings Tour of Asuncion

Religious Buildings Tour of Asuncion

Asuncion is home to a variety of sacred places, religious sites and temples. Although Asuncion is predominantly Roman Catholic, the Protestant, Baha'i, Buddhist, and Jewish faiths are also represented. Take this tour to visit Asuncion's most notable religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Shopping Tour of Asuncion

Shopping Tour of Asuncion

Asuncion is the perfect destination for the bargain shopper, as the city has been named one of the most inexpensive in the world. Here you will find open-air markets with a stunning array of handicrafts and traditional clothing, as well as interesting local stores that sell everything from electronics to fashion accessories. Take this tour to explore Asuncion's main shopping districts.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Landmarks Tour of Asuncion

Landmarks Tour of Asuncion

Asuncion is well worth visiting for its architecture alone. From modern houses to colonial buildings, the past and present converge in this amazing city of 56,000 inhabitants. Take this tour to learn more about Asuncion's architectural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Asuncion for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Asuncion has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Asuncion, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.