|General||Asunci?n is the capital and biggest city in Paraguay. The greater Asunci?n metropolitan area has a population of over two million people. Asunci?n is home to the Paraguay government and is the major industrial and cultural center of Paraguay. Asunci?n is also the major port of Paraguay. Major manufaturing products include textiles, tobacco and footwear.
Asunci?n, as one of the oldest cities in South America is also the longest continuously populated city in the River Plate Basin. Due to this it is known as the ?Mother of Cities?. Many other cities were discovered by expeditions that started in Asunci?n.
Asunci?n has many interesting tourist attractions. Some sites not to miss include the Museo Nacional de Bella Artes which have paintings dating back to the 19th century, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Pantheon of the Heroes which is a where a lot of Paraguay?s heroes are entoumbed, the Palacio de los Lopez and the Casa de la Independencia to name a few.
Every July, Asunci?n hosts a trade fair. The trade fair always has music, food, liquor and interesting exhibition booths. The booths are traders from the country exhibiting their goods and making deals. It is an interesting way to learn about Paraguay commerce and culture.
A popular delicacy of Asunci?n is Mate, a drink similar to tea. Mate is drank out of a cow horn cup and is drunk from a communal silver plated straw known as the bombilla. Drinking Mate is a considered to be a social activity and the cup is passed around a circle and the cup is refilled in between each person. Mate is drank either hot or cold. Another variation on Mate is called Cocido where the herbs are boiled on the stove with sugar and served with milk giving in a smoked tea consistency.
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