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    Colombia: Caribbean Sea coast. Go Now!

    Although most of the people live inland, Colombia also has its share of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (pictured). Go Now!

  • Ecuador!

    Ecuador: Sally Lightfoot Crab. Go Now!

    The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are home to incredible wildlife, such as the famous Galapagos Turtle and the lesser known, but more common Red Rock or Sally Lightfoot crab (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

  • Chile!

    Chile: Torres del Paine National Park. Go Now!

    The Andes dominate much of Chile, including the breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park (pictured). However, the country also hosts the world's driest desert and a thriving metropolis. Begin Your Journey!

  • Venezuela!

    Venezuela: Los Roques. Go Now!

    Rooted in Europe, Venezuela boasts an impressive history, culture, and beauty, including the Caribbean Coast (pictured). Explore Venezuela!

  • Bolivia!

    Bolivia: Salt flats. Go Now!

    This hidden gem is full of surprises, from the impressive salt flats (pictured) to the migrating flamingos. It also clings to the most historic indigenous culture on the continent. Explore Bolivia!

Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Paraguay

Generally, young men and women will live with their parents until they marry, at which time they will move into a new place together. Most Paraguayans marry at some point in their life, either in a church wedding or a civil ceremony. There is also a significant minority of couples that will live together, but never marry.

Marriage in Paraguay varies from couple to couple, but there seems to be a social tolerance for men to be unfaithful, while women are expected to remain loyal. Despite this, very few couple divorce, partially due to the viewpoint of the Catholic Church and society, both of whom look down upon the act. Like this double standard, most families are headed by the husband, who is expected to financially provide for the family and who makes all major decisions. Women tend to be the primary caretaker and maintain the home, but today many women also work.

No matter the relationship, the family is truly the center of Paraguayan society. The immediate family in Paraguay may be somewhat small as most couples have one or two children, but that number varies from couple to couple. Beyond this, extended family is very important and includes cousins, parents, Godparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

This page was last updated: November, 2013