The capital of Paraguay is Asunción, which sits along the Paraguay river. This city was built across a somewhat hilly terrain that offers views across the lush vegetation growing here. Asunción does not belong to any district in particular, although the entire metropolitan area includes towns that lie within Central Department. Asunción was founded long before many other cities in South America, beginning with a military fort in 1537. In 1542, many European colonizers fled Buenos Aires for Asunción, after attacks by the indigenous communities there. At this point, Asunción became the economic and political hub for the Giant Province of the Indies.

As of 2016, the city proper of Asunción has a population size of approximately 525,294. The entire metropolitan area, however, is larger with a population of nearly 2.2 million. This size makes Asunción the most populated city in Paraguay. In fact, around one-third of the entire national population resides here. This city has undergone rapid population growth in recent years due to rural to urban migration as individuals move here looking for economic opportunities that are not available in rural Paraguay.

Paraguay is an often overlooked tourist destination in South America, however, tourists who do visit this country primarily come to Asunción. One of the most appealing things about this city is that it is considered one of the cheapest capital cities in the world. Asunción is home to a number of museums for those interested in the history of the region. These museums include: Museo del Barro, Municipal Museum, and the Natural History Museum. For individuals looking for an outdoors experience, the Botanical Garden and Zoo is a great way to get a little nature while in the city. Additionally, the National Cathedral and the National Congress are other tourist attractions in Asunción.

Asunción is located in a tropical savanna climate, which means the city experiences warm winter seasons and hot, humid summers. This humidity, highest in December and January, can make the warm temperatures feel even hotter. June and July are generally the coldest months in this city, with average temperatures of between 65.3° and 64.8° fahrenheit. Asunción receives approximately 55.16 inches of precipitation every year.

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