The capital city of Paraguay’s Itapúa Department.
It lies directly across the river from the city of Posadas in Argentina (many Argentines travel across the river to shop and take advantage of Paraguay’s lower prices). Encarnacion is much cleaner and better organized than Asuncion. The city also hosts Paraguay’s most famous Carnival celebration.
WEATHER IN ENCARNACION
Yearly temperatures range from 11°C to 32°C. The city sees fairly frequent rainfall throughout the year. Its driest season is from May to mid-September. The weather here is hot but overall very moderate and livable.
SAFETY IN ENCARNACION
Encarnacion is reasonably safe by Latin American standards. However, you must take basic precautions. If you’re traveling with a large camera, only take it out of your bag while you’re taking pictures — don’t walk around with it around your neck. Also, don’t walk around using your cell phone, as cell phone theft is a common problem in Paraguay. At night, always take a taxi to and from your destination, and only walk short distances, only in well-lit, public areas. This said, it’s all relative! By Latin American standards, Encarnacion is very safe.
Visit Playa San José, a pleasant city beach along the river.
Visit the Ruinas de Jesus, a collection of Jesuit ruins and UNESCO world heritage site.
Do a tour of a yerba mate factory farm. The Pajarito factory is one of the best.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN ENCARNACION
$400/month should be enough for a decent apartment rental in this city.
Rent is cheaper here than in Asuncion.
If you want to rent an apartment for a short period of time — just to make sure the city is right for you before committing to a longterm apartment contract — we suggest using Airbnb.
COST OF LIVING IN ENCARNACION
We recommend a budget of $1300/month to live in Encarnacion.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN ENCARNACION
Unfortunately, there are not many job opportunities for an expat in this city.
IS THERE UBER IN ENCARNACION
Yes, UBER operates in Encarnacion. However, there are not many drivers at the time of writing.
IS ENCARNACION A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?
Encarnacion is a quiet city. Most expats will find that there isn’t too much to see or do here. Indeed, it seems to serve mostly as a destination for Argentines to go shopping when their currency is favorable (it’s not at the time of writing!). That said, the riverfront is pleasant, the city is one of Paraguay’s safest, and the locals are friendly. In short, an OK city, but not a remarkable one unless you’re looking for the simple life on a budget.
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