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Across the Parana river from Brazil, Ciudad del Este is the 2nd biggest city in all of Paraguay. It is a shopping haven for the bargain hunter. You can buy anything from counterfeit viagra to exotic pets to AK47s. I wouldn't recommend you did though! This is also a highly used smuggling route into the rest of South America. Be warnedmore
Ciudad Del Este (literally Eastern city) lies across the river from Brazil, and also very close to Argentina. It serves as a huge shopping opportunity for locals and tourists. Not very easy on the eye and pretty ramshackle and dusty, I wouldn't recommend it as your only taste of Paraguay.more
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"Shopping Vendôme" is a shopping mall where you can find several small restaurants and bars, and a wide place where there are several buffet restaurants, where you can pick your food, and then a waiter weighs it, and cashes it."Shopping Vendôme" es un centro comercial en donde pueden encontrar varios pequeños restaurantes y bares, y un amplio...more
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You can take local buses from Puerto Iguassu or Foz do Iguaçu bus stations in both Brazil or Argentina - they usually have a sign 'Ciudad del Este. I found the border crossing process a bit confusing. From the Argentine side, everyone has to get off and go through immigration before proceeding, you can leave your luggage because the bus waits for...more
If you are going to take the bus from Ciudad del Este to Foz the Iguazu, take it with more than enough time, at least 45 minutes before you thought.When we returned we were waiting inside the bus almost one hour, and then when the bus started moving it took us more than half an hour to cross the bridge. The time goes slowlier in Paraguay...PD:...more
I was staying in Foz de Iguaçu, and went to Ciudad del Este by bus; on my way I found a curious conveyance: the "mototaxi". It is a motorcycle with driver, that leads you to where you want to go; of course, you will have your own helmet.Yo me estaba quedando en Foz de Iguaçu, y fui a Ciudad del Este en bus; en mi camino encontré un curioso medio de...more
If you are going to buy computer or electronic items be sure that reference number in the machine and the number in the box that contains the item are exactly the same.If they don't match ask the vendor to change it.If they don't match is probably because the item didn't work properly and it was send back to the factory. After repair it they try to...more
If you are going to buy sth in the street never pay the first price they tell you. Nothing has a fixed price in Ciudad del Este. And remember that probably you are buying false items, don't even trust in the guarantee, they falsify it also!!You sholden't pay more than the 3/4 from the first price, sometimes even less.PD: Hangle over the prices in...more
I would make a diference between the shops in Ciudad del Este (CE). A-. Street vendors: You can find everything here, sport shoes, football team shirts, sunglasses, perfume, handcraft stuff... everything you could imagin.B-. Shopping centers (or sth similar): Here the shops are more specialiced. You can find the same things you are going to find in...more
It can be good toaccept a guide who heps you to find all around in the city. He helps you to find all the cheap shops and stay away so you dont get fooled. I had a very good manle guide. I cant rememeber his name at all and I cant show you any picture either. I lost actually my camera on a restarant when i got back to Brazil. 10 days of travelling...more
The acitvities at the Friendship Bridge are quite weird... and sad. You will see there people carrying heavy packages (they look like ants, actually!) from the Paraguayan to the Brazilian side; once they reach the Brazilian riverbank, they throw the package from the bridge to the riverbank, where other people pick it, and once again, like ants,...more
I saw a lot of people carrying heavy things on their back or over their heads... If you enlarge this picture, you will see what is this man carrying... and please, tell me what **** is it!!!Vi a mucha gente cargando objetos pesados en su espalda o sobre su cabeza... Si agrandan esta foto, verán lo que está cargando este hombre... y por favor,...more
The time that I visited here from Foz do Iguaçu, in Brasil, I felt extremely unsafe. The street merchants had interesting stuff to sell, and were positioned all up and down the sidewalk with booths that completely covered the sidewalk - so that you could not avoid walking through their booths if you wanted to get anywhere. The marketing was very...more
The customs checked me on the bus back to Brazil. I had just bought a radio for the car, so they never found anything illegal with me. The funny thing is, they never checked my passport. There are many people which smuggle things between the countries, so I am glad that the customs make their job.more
Many people told me to be careful here with your money and belongings. I did it. I never saw any problem with it, but it is a border city between Brazil and Paraguay, so in my opinion border cities are more dangerous then others. But just be normal and dont go and show all your money for people. Hide them well.more
Don't forget you passport!!Remember that the argentinian and brasilian borders are really close, maybe you want to explore Puerto Iguazu and/or Foz de Iguazu.If you go to Brasil by bus nobody is going to ask you for the passport but you could be in trouble if they ask it to you in Brasiland you don't have it with you.To go to Argentina the passport...more
As soon as you arrive in this region (you'll probably fly into Foz do Iguacu in Brazil), you'll notice billboards advertizing the Mona Lisa Casino in Ciudad del Este. It was funny to finally see the real deal when I arrived. It's a dirty building filled with shops and is supposed to be one of the largest shopping centers in South America. That...more
"Puente de la Amistad" in Spanish, or "Ponte da Amizade" in Portuguese, mean "Friendship Bridge"; this bridge is situated over river Parana, between Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay and Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, but the Argentinian border is pretty close too, so you can see three countries from this bridge."Puente de la Amistad" en español, o "Ponte da...more
The hydroelectric plant in Itaipu (just west of Foz do Iguacu on the border between Paraguay and Brazil) is the largest facility of its kind in the world and puts out an unbelievable number of megawatts of electricity per year. One statistic I remember is that the quantity of steel and iron used in constructing the plant would be enough to...more
Las Cataratas means "The Waterfalls" in Spanish and this is likely to be your primary purpose for visiting this part of the world. The sight of the falls from the Brazilian side is perhaps more panoramic and breathtaking, but visiting the falls from Argentina brings you much closer to the water and allows you to observe some interesting wildlife in...more
There are rubber blow-up soccer balls, real (I use that term loosely) soccer balls, jerseys, banners and flags of just about every South American soccer club you can imagine. I haggled with a guy over a certainly fake Paraguayan National Team jersey.
He said, "Veinte."
I said, "Ocho."
He looked mad.
I started to walk away.
He said, "Amigo! Doce, doce!!"
I said, "Diez."
He said, "Once."
I said, "Okay" and I had myself a jersey for less than 4 USD.
By the way, they will accept Brazilian Reais, Argentine Pesos or US Dollars.
If you plan to buy a lot of electronics here in Ciudad del Este, I recommend you to get a person who will follow you around. So, how do you find them? They will find you and they work for the shops. Just use your feelings if they are good or bad, then it is up to you if you want to give any tip or not. I gave 30 reais (Brasil). He helped me a lot...more
The overpowering heat; the overcrowded streets; the peddlers chasing me with their perfumes, radios and watches; the kind people everywhere, trying to sell me anything, and giving me wrong directions with a warm smile; the stacks of cigarette boxes of all kind; the dozens of shops where you can buy all kind of electronic stuff; the sellers eating...more
Tres Fronteiras means three borders and it's pretty cool to be able to look out and see Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil in one glance. There are markers for each country at the point where they come together at the intersection of the Rio Iguacu and the Rio Paraná, but you don't have to visit the markers to see all three countries in one look. For a...more