Little-known and infrequently visited, Paraguay offers a unique South American experience at the very heart of this vast continent. If you don’t mind roughing it occasionally while exploring the sparsely populated Chaco county of savannah, scrubland, and subtropical forests, you’re sure to love Paraguay. Landlocked between Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina, your adventure may begin in the neat little capital Asuncion, on the banks of the Paraguay River. Here the old world of Spanish colonial architecture, shady plazas, and open markets sits alongside modern steel and glass structures, large shopping malls, restaurants, clubs, and cafes. The Museo Ferroviario is also home to what is believed to be the oldest intact train station in South America. A boat trip on the river, north to the old colonial town of Concepcion, is a wonderful way to spot the many exotic birds roosting in the trees and watch this unspoilt landscape slowly reveal itself.