Finding local food hotspots

When traveling some of the best experiences are about finding great food.  After all a key part of experiencing the local culture is about trying some of the local food.  In some communities this can be as easy as using yelp to find the highest rated restaurants.

But I have come to learn that not all the gems in a local community can be found on yelp.  Here are some of the ways both in Paraguay and around the world I have found some of my favorite meals.

First you have to be willing to explore.  If you wont risk a potentially terrible meal you may be unable to find the truly amazing meals. I have had my share of that is disgusting I cannot believe I just ate that type of meals.  But some of my favorite meals have come as a result of me being willing to try new things that otherwise I may have passed by.

I can still remember the first time I had sushi.  Today I love fresh water eel, but i doubt I would have been willing to try it if some one told me it was eel before I tasted it.  What are some of your favorite meals that you almost didn’t try?

Ask the locals what their favorite restaurant is.  This is one of my favorites.  When locals are willing to make a recommendation it usually is based from multiple great experiences.  Plus I have found locals tend to take a certain amount of pride in their local community and they want you to have a good experience.

Travel Tips

Paraguay is like many countries.  Our country is filled with amazing people who are kind, patient, loving and trustworthy.  But our country has its share of corruption and criminals who are looking to take advantage of their fellow human.  Today we want to discuss some practical steps that can be taken to ensure safety when traveling Paraguay or anywhere for that matter.

Travel in a group.

Traveling with other people is safer.  Someone with bad intentions is less likely to approach a larger group when they see an single individual roaming the streets by themselves.

Hire a local Guide

Hiring a local guide not only increases your safety, but it also improves your experience.  Local guides can guide you to the best food, shops, and experiences.  Plus many times they can also help you find better deals and know what is a quality local product compared to what might be a tourist trap.  On a recent trip I took myself I booked a local guide.  He was a local business owner for a window cleaning company in Burbank Ca.  He provided valuable insights and guided me to some great food.  One of my favorites being a bakery called Porto’s.

Plan Ahead

By putting together a plan it will prevent you from looking like you are lost or unaware or your surrounding.  By planning ahead you can also complete some due diligence and more consistently avoid unsafe neighborhoods.  When I traveled to Los Angeles, I learned first hand the importance of planning ahead.  When I was first looking for hotels to book I almost booked a cheap hotel but then realized it was in an unsafe neighborhood.  By planning ahead I found an affordable place to stay but more importantly a safe place to stay.

 

Paraguay Facts

Paraguay is a beautiful country with ample opportunities and incredible experiences.  One of the most unique areas of all Paraguay is called the triple frontier.  The triple frontier is where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil all meet.

There are not many places in the world where you can stand in one place and see three different countries.  Up in North America you have the famous 4 corners where you can stand in one spot and occupy 4 separate states, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.  But here you can actually see 3 countries with vastly different laws and cultures all right next to each other.

Some similarities between the three countries is their love for futbol.  All three countries have storied past around the beautiful game of futbol.  The triple frontier is not without controversy.  Some media outlets report that the area is ripe for corruption and potentially even terrorism activities.  I personally do not know much about that, but I love Paraguay and this is one of the more unique places in the world.

In addition to potential political drama and tourism, the location has also been a favorite place for Hollywood to produce scenes for their movies.  NCIS and Miami vice have both been known to film parts of their series at the tripe frontier.

This makes the triple frontier a triple threat of intrigue.  Tourist from around the world visit the region.  Terrorism has been linked with the possibility of millions of dollars leaving the region and making their way to the middle east.  Entertainment, with Hollywood targeting the local triple frontier region as the perfect back drop for their movie productions.

If you haven’t visited or looked into this special region of Paraguay then I encourage you to check it out.

 

Where are some of your favorite places within Paraguay to visit.  Let us know and we can look into doing a report on some of your favorite parts of Paraguay.

Why We Love Paraguay

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