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Product Details

  • Series: Other Places Travel Guides
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Other Places Publishing (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935850113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935850113
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The setting out and flow of the book is good and easy to read.
Gabtar
Paraguay has so much to offer and this book details all the places to go and provides great contact information.
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I highly recommend this guidebook to anyone planning to travel to or live in Paraguay for any length of time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sara Little on August 11, 2012
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I have been to Paraguay a number of times in the past five years, visiting friends who live there, mostly sticking to the capital city of Asuncion. Touring in Paraguay was daunting, because there are few if any organized programs -- everything has to be one on one's own, and mostly in Spanish. The few guidebooks that I checked in the past did not seem helpful, so I bought this one in the hope that it might be of some use on my next trip. What a pleasant surprise! Detailed descriptions of places (some of which I've been to, so I know they are correct), with locations, travel instructions and even history and cultural background. But the best part is that this book is so well written that it reads like a novel. Honestly, it's a joy to read the background, history and culture sections (the ones I usually skip in other guidebooks). At the same time, the town and city chapters are crammed with to-the-point information that I'm sure will prove helpful. The hotels and restaurants that are listed range from moderately-priced to inexpensive, so I imagine they will be helpful for a range of people, from backpackers to diplomats (I'm a retiree, so I don't spend lavishly, but I won't sleep in a pup-tent either.) I like this author's style-- so many guidebooks have no style at all. This is definitely worth buying, even if you never end up traveling to Paraguay.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By anacondapy on September 26, 2012
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Don't expect a glitzy, panoramic photo-filled guidebook when you try Goldberg's Paraguay. Instead look for well-written details, hints and suggestions as well as maps ...all very indispensable when visiting a foreign country. I have taken annual trips to Paraguay for the last ten years and I wish that this guidebook had been available in the earlier years while exploring Paraguay. I am a naturalist and bird-lister and have a second home in Paraguay. I have read all of Goldberg's book and find it exceptional in its insight to the peoples here, their languages and cultural practices. Maps included in this book will lead me to places I have yet to explore. I will leave one copy on the coffee table for visitors to enjoy and carry a second copy in the glove-compartment of my car. This is the best guide I have encountered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew T Dows on August 11, 2012
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I have been to Paraguay once, and it was an excellent experience. Visiting Paraguay is like visiting genuine South America without all the touristy influence. People are very friendly, but speaking Spanish is a must. Having read through this guidebook, I was very pleased to find all the activities that I got to do, and several I have put on my to-do list for the next time I visit. Very informative, and a nice style with background information to give context to the things you do. Highly recommend!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By majbjb on September 26, 2012
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Got my copy this past weekend and have been engrossed in going thru it ever since. Having a wife who is Paraguayan and having visited Paraguay over a dozen times in as many years, I have always been frustrated by the poor quality and quantity of available information on the country. It has always been a daunting task trying to gather travel information or decent accounts of what Paraguay is really like. Most "guidebooks" for this country are usually not much more than a chapter within a multi-country guidebook (usually the shortest chapter!) or they appear to be written from what seems to be second hand knowledge or very cursory knowledge at best. In the past this has meant that if you wanted timely or accurate info you had to spend hours going to little known blogs (BTW, Ms. Goldberg has an excellent one on guess what - Paraguay! check it out at [...]), obscure travel web sites or even more obscure Paraguayan web sites which either are heavy on hype or hopelessly out of date. Having said all this, that state of affairs has always been somewhat the "charm" of visiting Paraguay, as it has traditionally been off the radar of most travellers and you tend to break new ground when you venture off the beaten path. But no more. Ms. Goldberg has written the definitive guide, using her vast "in country" experience due to a lifetime of visiting or living there as well as having family ties and speaking both languages well. Just wish she had done it about 12 years ago, it would of saved me a lot of time and effort! Sigh...so now the hordes of tourista's bored with or scared off by the high prices of Argentina, Uruguay or Brazil will start descending on Paraguay now I guess. Hmmm, might be time to buy into the paddle boat concession on Lago Ypacarai....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Miguel on August 17, 2012
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I received Paraguay (Other Places to Travel) and sat down to peruse it. One hundred pages later, I realized what a wonderful book it is. I found myself reading for the sheer enjoyment. It is so interesting and informative. I used to be a parttime tour manager for an American travel company specializing in South America. But I've always led tours by air of major destinations like Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Santiago and Machu Pichu. Then eight years ago my wife and I took a 10 week bus trip of 6 countries starting in Rio and ending in Quito. The two most amazing discoveries were Paraguay and Bolivia. The rest of the places had significant Western and European influences. But Paraguay and Bolivia were the real key to getting to know the indigenous peoples, their lives and cultures. This guide book captures that essence. In addition, the history and politics of these two countries is astounding. We've visited many of the major sites mentioned in the book (and ate lunch in the Lido Bar). We still drink yerba mate on occasion in a guampa. But this book made us want to return to Paraguay and experience even more. It's a cheap place in which to travel and a great place to shop. But, even more, we enjoyed getting to know the people. If you never get to go to Paraguay, this book gives you a good idea of what you are missing. Buen viaje!
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I am the daughter of a Paraguayan mother from Piribebuy (in the Department of Cordillera) and an American father (a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Paraguay). I first visited Paraguay at three months of age and have been returning frequently ever since. I remember running away from cows (I´m still wary of them) and playing with merchandise in my aunt´s "almacén" (general store) as a child. The stories and memories from my childhood visits to Paraguay greatly influenced my desire to write a guidebook for Paraguay.

Over the course of four years I cris-crossed the country on buses, motorcycles, boats, ox-carts, and the occasional blissfully air-conditioned car. I tried my hand at spinning cotton with artesanas, slept suspended in a hammock on a cargo ship, and clapped in front of countless offices, museums and stores. I ate more than my fair share of "chipa" and "sopa" and drank thermos upon thermos-full of "tereré." Along the way I met many hard working and welcoming people who taught me about Paraguay's unique culture and confirmed what I already knew - Paraguayans are incredibly friendly and their country is a unique place.

I sincerely hope that, through my guidebook and website, you enjoy discovering everything Paraguay has to offer!

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