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Welcome to Encarnación


Encarnación, located 200 miles (374km) from Asuncion, is primarily a market town. The entire city was relocated when the Yacyretá Dam was built, and now a massive bazaar occupies the old town, offering all manner of goods for sale. Within this chaos, the Feria Municipal Market is a good place to eat. The main attractions of Encarnación are the ruins of the Jesuit Missions of La Santisima, Trinidad de Parana, and Jesus de Tavarangue, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and depicted in the 1981 film The Mission. The missions are accessible by bus from Trinidad.

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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.
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