Birdwatching and Wildlife Experience in the Heart of South America -
Paraguay and the Region.
When is the best time to visit Paraguay?
Paraguay can be good to visit all year round. The average temperature is 22 degrees celsius. The summer is characterized by being quite hot, having days that can reach 40 degrees celsius (from December to March). The best times for the observation of birds and nature in general go from July to November for having more benevolent temperatures and less mosquitoes and other insects of intertropical zones. December to May may be traditionally more rainy, but the difference is small and year-on-year variability plus the influence of outside factors like El Niño (more rain) and La Niña (more dry) and the global climate change make seasonal rain patterns very unpredictable.
What weather conditions can I expect?
Most tours will experience a range of weather due to the area where we are in the heart of South America, between April and August. We receive the cold winds that come from the south with temperatures that vary from 2 to 20 degrees celsius and in summer, with the northern winds coming from tropical areas where the temperature varies from 21 to 40 degrees celsius. Expect temperatures from close to freezing to hot tropical with near to 70% humidity. We also visit semi-desert areas. Tours will usually see at least some rain, but losing more than a day's birding because of heavy rain is uncommon in Paraguay, outside the months of December to May.
What clothing will I need?
Try not to over pack. Bring some warm but light outer layers, rain gear, lots of long pants and long-sleeved shirts, preferably quick-drying, and stout waterproof walking boots, or rubber boots. A sun hat is recommended if your skin is sensitive. Simple waterproof footwear can be useful for showers and evenings.
What other equipment should I pack?
Birding gear for the field: binoculars, camera, notebook and pencil, a portable and up-to-date field guide, a small flashlight and an umbrella or poncho. Your guide will have a laser pointer, spotting scope and large light for night birding, so they are not necessary. Sun cream is essential and insect repellent, especially in lowland areas.
What electricity is used in Paraguay?
Sockets use 220v electricity and your chargers or adapters should be suited to this. In some remote places there may be no electricity or blackouts, please bring extra batteries if you think you will need them.
How can I secure my reservation?
50% of the total tour cost should be made by bank transfer 90 days before the tour begins.
What if I have to cancel my trip?
If you already made the 25% advance to make your reservation and cancel your trip 90 days before of the tour departure, we will refund 15% of this amount (you will have a penalty of 10%). If we receive your cancellation notice with less than 90 days remaining, all deposits and payments are non-refundable.
Paraguay a Birding & Nature permits a one-time penalty-free transfer of a tour to Paraguay Birding & Nature tour as long as the cancellation and transfer takes place prior to invoking (normally 90 days before departure but it varies), and as long as the tour to which the deposit is beginning begins within 6 months of the start date of the original tour. If the tour registrant cancels the subsequent tour, the original deposit will not be refunded or transferred. No refunds are given for skipped meals or other on-tour activities.
Will I need Malaria/Yellow fever medication?
For advice on all medical matters, speak with your doctor before you travel. Yellow fever vaccination may be recommended. Paraguay has recently been declared free of malaria by the WHO.
Is Paraguay safe?
All of the areas visited on our tours are safe for travel. Incidents involving international visitors are virtually unheard of in Paraguay; furthermore we receive local information about potential security risks before visiting all areas.
Should I get travel insurance?
Yes, we recommend.
What is tipping policy in Paraguay?
Service charges are included in restaurant and hotel bills. We understand that visitors to Paraguay come from many different backgrounds and cultures so an additional tip, usually 10%, is entirely up to you.
What field guides do we suggest for our tours?
Paraguay has an excellent field guide; Depending on the tour or the ecoregion that you are going to visit in Paraguay or its surroundings, we show you some excellent additional field guides that can be very useful....