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Driving in Paraguay

Drivers throughout Paraguay routinely ignore traffic regulations. No vehicle insurance is required, and many Paraguayans drive without any insurance. You should make sure you’re adequately insured both for the rental car and on medical grounds when driving in Paraguay. Most streets in towns are cobblestones over dirt.

Paraguay’s network of surfaced main roads is limited and of variable condition. Some roads in Asunción and other large cities are paved though and in decent condition. Besides some main highways, nearly all rural roads are unpaved, and during the rainy season (November-April), they may be impassable. Major paved roads in Asunción are prone to flooding and extreme caution should be used during rain storms. Large potholes are a hazard, particularly on the highway to the Mennonite Colonies in the Chaco region and in Asunción. Driving at night is not advisable outside Asunción because pedestrians, animals and vehicles without lights are often found on the roads. Also there have been attacks on motorists travelling at night have occurred, mainly on minor roads. Main roads between cities are in variable condition.

The toll road between Caaguazu and Ciudad del Este and the routes between Asunción and Encarnación and Pedro Juan Caballero are in good condition. Most other intercity routes are generally fine but have patches which have deteriorated. The Trans-Chaco route is in fair condition except for the portion between Mariscal Estigarribia and the Bolivian border, which is unpaved and at times impassable without a 4WD.

Please note some tourists have been known to report difficulties dealing with the police on country roads, but that these problems do not generally occur in any of the wealthier areas of the major cities where somewhat 'nicer' relationships with the police are reported.

Although any valid international driving licence is good for Paraguay, it is advisable to have an International Driving Permit.





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