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Driving around Paraguay can be completely different based on where you are in the country. If you’re close to the country’s major cities, like Asuncion, road conditions should be great; however, in more rural areas of Paraguay, roads might be dirt and gravel trails. Traffic conditions also vary by location: larger cities sometimes become congested, and roads outside the city might become impossible to drive on in the wet season.
The minimum age to rent a car in Paraguay varies among rental car agencies. Some larger companies like Hertz will allow all drivers over 21 to rent a car, while other rental car agencies require drivers to be a minimum of 25 years old. You can rent a car with the driver’s license issued by your home country, so there’s no need to obtain an international driving permit if you don’t have one already.
Filling up your tank in Paraguay is a bit pricier than in the United States. While a gallon of petrol costs around 2.50 USD in the States, a gallon of petrol in Paraguay will cost you an average of 24,188 PYG (3.87 USD). Cards are accepted at petrol stations in larger cities, but it’s best to bring cash to petrol stations in smaller towns and in areas around villages.
The speed limits in Paraguay are often exceeded, but following the posted limits is important for those visiting the country from abroad. When driving on a rural road, the maximum speed limit will be 80 km/h (50 mph). On urban roads, the limit increases to 40 km/h (25 mph), and the speed limits on the motorways go up to 110 km/h (68 mph).