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Paraguay

The landlocked South American country has witnessed long decades of dictatorship since it gained independence from the Spanish two centuries ago but is today a democracy where liberals and conservatives have swapped power in recent years. Paraguay is home to the world's largest drinking water reservoir — the Guarani Aquifer — and is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of soybean, corn, stevia, wheat and beef.

The Mesmerizing Spiderweb Lace of Paraguay

The Mesmerizing Spiderweb Lace of Paraguay

This embroidered, intricate craftwork has become a symbol of a mysterious nation in the heart of South America.