Information & Facts
Both Spanish and indigenous Guarani are official
languages. English is rarely heard or understood.
The currency of Paraguay is the Guarani (PYG). United States
dollars are also widely accepted. Visitors are advised to use banks
or official Bureaux de Change for exchanging money rather than
street exchange kiosks because there are many counterfeit notes in
circulation. Travellers cheques are more easily exchanged with
proof of purchase receipts. Credit cards are not widely accepted,
but some hotels and touristic restaurants take MasterCard, Visa and
American Express. There are numerous ATMs in urban centres, which
take Cirrus, Maestro and Visa cards, but visitors who use them are
advised to be cautious and vigilant because of the risk of crime.
Banks are open on weekdays only between 7.30am and 11am.
Local time is GMT -4.