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You will find a very useful guide on what to expect and what you can find in our country.
Paraguay, officially the Republic of Paraguay, is a landlocked country in South America, borders with Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest.
Paraguay is located on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south.
Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes known as "Corazón de América del Sur".
Multiculturalism in Paraguay makes it for a quirky and different country, in constant evolution. Indigenous populations and the presence of immigrants from various countries around the world, contributed to the first Spanish-Guarani mixture, an extraordinary wealth of cultural manifestations.
A definitely must-try is our typical beverage: Tereré. Is a non-alcoholic infusion of yerba mate (botanical name Ilex paraguariensis), similar to mate but prepared with cold water and ice rather than with hot, and in a slightly larger vessel. A lot of people drink tereré with cold water, ice and herbs, that can be medicinals or refreshing, but other people just drink with cold water and ice.
Tereré is a typical, popular drink from Paraguay where it is common to see students, friends, co-workers or families drinking tereré together during the summer, a time when temperatures reach 40 to 45 °C (104 to 113 °F). Some people put medicinal herbs into the water to treat ailments such as headaches, stomach aches and high blood pressure. Production of customized vacuum flasks for the water and guampas. The guampas and leather-covered vacuum flasks are often personalized with names or logos.
In Paraguay we have public and private universities. Both have tuition fees that the student must pay, but the prices are different: in a public pays around $ 500 / year, while in a private pays about $ 3500 / year.
Medicine is the longest career to study in the country. Depending on the Program you attend, it takes either 5 or 6 years to get your Medical Degree diploma. The first 3 years are focused on Basic Sciences, and classes are mostly theoretical, meanwhile the last three are both theorical and practical classes, at the hospital. After the 6th year, you have one year of internship, where you rotate through different specialties for a few months: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Gynecology, etc. After that year you have to decide wich specialty you want to do for the rest of your life. And then you take and examine that specialty and according to your score on that exam and the grades you made through all your years as a medical student, you may or may not be admitted.
Car rental: cars can be rented at the airport through local travel agencies.
Taxi: these are available and can be called through the telephone numbers listed in the local spaces.
Trainer: Breakdown Service: Touring and Automobile Club provide assistance to its members. Its Asunción offices are on May 25 and Brazil, first floor.
Documentation: national driver's license or international driver's license are accepted.
Moving around the cities: bus and minibus services are provided by private companies in Asunción, with fares in two zones collected by drivers. The tram operated by the government operates on two routes.
Paraguay has two official languages, since the adoption of the 1992 Constitution: Spanish and Guaraní. The latter is the first indigenous language that has achieved the status of the official official law in the Americas.
Social life revolves largely around an extended family of parents, children and blood relatives, as well as sponsors. The loyalty of the Paraguayans lies in their family and, a change, is their refuge and support. Family interests largely determine which political party you can join, who you will marry, what kind of work you will get, whether you will win a lawsuit and, in some cases, whether it will be prudent to emigrate for a while. . Even so, Paraguayans are very moving and open to tourists and foreigners.