In the South of Paraguay is the Southern Paraneña
Home to the population center of the country, in and around Asunción.
Cities of the South:
- Asunción - is the capital of Paraguay. Asunción, as all of Paraguay, is a very contrasting place. Some rank Asunción as the world's cheapest capital. Few people would be able to explain why it is so charming despite having few traditional tourist attractions like beaches, mountains, or skyscrapers. As soon as you arrive, you will experience the sort of magic that exists in this place. Few people speak English here and without at least some basic Spanish it might be hard to get by. From Saturday afternoon and all Sunday most businesses are closed and the city centre can become quite deserted.
- Pilar - located along the Paraguay River in the southwestern part of the country. Located about 358 km (222 mi) from Asunción, Pilar serves as an important center of commerce and government for the far southwestern region of the country. The center of the city is home to a large number of historical buildings dating back to the founding of the city (1779). The Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, whose feast day is celebrated on October 12, is a magnificent church constructed by Italian missionaries to the city. During Semana Santa the city is the site of a large fishing tournament and competition that attracts participants and spectators from all over Paraguay and Northern Argentina.