Taxis run by the meter with a base fare of Gs. 5,000. They can be hailed off the street, picked up at a taxi stand (throughout the city), or reserved (Tel: 021 311 080, *8294from Personal cell phones). When calling a cab, it is possible to request one con aireâ (with A/C) for no extra charge – a godsend on hot days. After 10pm, cabs increase their rates by 30 percent – this is also the case on
Sundays. Don’t worry about doing the math as all cabs have a printed list of the modified rates. It is sometimes possible to negotiate a fixed price for a cab ride though your success rate is often directly related to your fluency in Guarani. The cost for a daytime trip from Shopping Villa Morra to the Plaza de los Heroes downtown is approximately Gs. 35,000.
Senatur has two tourism information offices in Asuncion: one small stand at the arrivals section of the airport and the central office downtown known as Turista Rogaâ (Tourist House). See Tourist Information. Tel: 021 494 110, 441 530, Calle Palma 468 between 14 de Mayo and Alberdi, www.senatur.gov.py, daily 7am-7pm For tour operators, see Guided Tours.
Visa Extensions & Immigration
Direccion General de Migraciones For visa and residency issues. Tel: 021 446 066, 021 492 908, 021 446 673,Corner of Caballero and Eligio Ayala, www.migraciones.gov.py, Mon-Fri 7am-1pm
Correos Paraguay The main post office is housed in Palacio Patri, a stately mansion built in 1904 – note the intricate ironwork on the windows and gates, write your postcards in the nice interior courtyard, and stop by the small postal museum with rotating stamp exhibits. Tel: 021 498 112/16, Alberdi 130 between El Paraguayo Independiente, and Benjamin Constant, www.correoparaguayo.gov.py, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, there are also post offices in Shopping Villa Morra and Shopping del Sol, the bus terminal, and the airport
Sanatorio Santa Clara This private clinic is the closest to Microcentro. Tel: 021 4180 000, Avenida Rodriguez de Francia andParapiti, www.santaclara.com.py
Centro Medico La Costa Tel: 021 202 800, Artigas 1500 corner of Concepcion Leyes de Chavez, www.lacosta.com.py
Sanatorio Migone Tel: 021 498 200, Eligio Ayala 1293 on the corner of Curupayty, www.smb. com.py
Centro Medico Bautista Tel: 021 600 171/4, Corner of Republica Argentina and Campos Cervera, www.drup.cmb.org.py
Sanatorio Italiano Tel: 021 214 265, Corner of Avenida Espana and Zanotti Cavazzoni
Farmacenter Tel: 021 497 546, 021 498 371, Estrella 526 almost at 14 de Mayo, www.farmacenter.com.py, Open 24 hrs
Farmacia Catedral Tel: 021 493 166/7, 021 448 805, corner of Palma and Independencia Nacional, www.farmaciacatedral.com.py, Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sun 8am-2pm