We're finishing up our South American travel over this Christmas/ New Years with 3 days in Paraguay, 4 days in Uruguay, and 5 days in Buenos Aires (just maybe our favorite place in the world). It turns out Paraguay and Uruguay aren't much for tourism, but we're excited to see some new places anyway.
Getting to Paraguay involved yet another visa adventure (you may recall another visa adventure last month in Bolivia). Our embassy friend mentioned last weekend that visas are required for Paraguay. Surprise! Should have looked that up before we planned this trip. Often you can get your visas at the border or airport, but we found out during our layover in Buenos Aires that that is not the case with Paraguay. Oh boy.
Calling the Paraguayan consulate, we discovered that it is indeed possible to get a Paraguayan visa in one day in Buenos Aires, and we rushed out to get our photos taken, pick up some cash, and start the application. Just as I was beginning to think that we weren't going to make it to Paraguay after all, our passports were ready. Wow! We were back in the airport with plenty of time to spare before our next flight. Good thing, too, because one of our bags hadn't made it on the previous flight and we were waiting for it!