Paraguay is a rural country, and many urban residents enjoy vacationing on ranches in the countryside. While the tourism market is mainly domestic, some international tourists also visit rural Paraguay.
Rural tourism in Paraguay (while largely devoted to relaxation) includes activities such as horseback riding, swimming, boating and hiking. Areas with great biodiversity are especially popular with tourists. Many large estancias (ranches) are open to urban and foreign tourists.
Typical foods include sopa paraguaya, asado, bori bori, mbeju, mandioca and staples such as rice, Chipa, and dishes made with cheese and eggs. The main crops of Paraguay are sugarcane, corn, manioc, tobacco, coffee, peanuts, and rice; popular in-season fruits and vegetables include avocado, mango, onion, orange, tomato, grapefruit and pineapple.
Most land in Paraguay is used for agriculture and ranching, although there are still large areas of forest in some areas. The central part of the country is verdant and hilly, with characteristically-Paraguayan red soil. The south is flatter and home to wetlands, streams and marshes. The north is more mountainous than the rest of the country, with many waterfalls. The Chaco region in the west is arid and barren, with a unique array of plants and animals.
Rural establishments dedicated to agriculture and livestock open their doors to tourists wishing to participate in field activities, sports or simply relax in contact with nature. Agroganadera Jejui, 291 km from Asunción with access to Route III on the Rio Jejui, has excellent conditions for fishing and river trips; nearby are the city of San Pedro de Ycuamandiyú and Cerro Corá National Park.