Not one of the most impressive places that I have been too, Paraguay is a small land-locked nation that still has very serious issues that keep it one of South Americas poorest nations. Issues like government corruption at all levels keep its neighbors weary of Paraguay, and to this end, Paraguay suffers economically.

In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were won from Bolivia. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER was overthrown in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, relatively free and regular presidential elections have been held since then.

At the Itaipu Dam 2004

Summer 2004

At the Paraguay-Brazil Boarder 2004