Taxis are the most efficient and reliable form of transportation, even though you can probably get there also by bus, or colectivo, as Paraguayans call it. Taxis are expensive compared to other prices in Paraguay, and in Asuncion the fares are determined by the meter. Outside AsunciÃ³n there are no meters so make sure you decide on a price before you get in. Bargaining on a price may be useful, as tourists have been asked for US$10 for a five minute ride. To prevent any disputes, always ask your hotel concierge how much the real cost of the fare should be.
Waterways 3,100 km Ports and harbors Asuncion, Villeta, San Antonio, Encarnacion Merchant marine total: 21 ships 1,000 GRT or over totaling 34,623 GRT/36,821 DWT ships by type: cargo 14, chemical tanker 1, petroleum tanker 3, roll on/roll off 3 note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Argentina 2, Japan 1 2002 est.
There are highways connecting all the major regions of Paraguay, but most of them are one lane each way. You may hit toll booths along the way.Police may pull you over for any reason and will expect bribes. Locals may say that the most common way to avoid giving away too much money on the bribes requested by the 'polÃcia caminera' road police is by giving them a small guarani bill while shaking their hands when they stop your car. Also, it is advised that, when they ask you, play dumb until they let you go with a warning and DO NOT admit travelling through Paraguay for the first time. Refrain from handing out bribes known as coimas in Paraguay since it is only harmful for the country. Tell them that you donÂ´t carry money and that you werenÂ´t aware that was not allowed. If you have actually comitted something wrong, you should pay the fine and always ask for a receipt.
Please note that you will probably only face this kind of problem with the police on the country roads. These problems do not generally occur in any of the wealthier areas of the major cities where you can keep a somewhat 'nicer' relationship with the police.