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    Palacio de Lopez

    by eduar68 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Overlooking the banks of the Paraguay River, the Palacio de Gobierno or Palacio de Lopez is the present seat of the government. Construction began in 1857 as residence of general Francisco Solano Lopez son of the then President of the Republic, Don Carlos Antonio Lopez conceived in a neoclassic style, exhibits a monumental structure with French-Latin lines. After the war of the Triple Alliance, the palace was abandoned and not completed until the late 19th century.

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    Meet some locals

    by easterntrekker Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    On our visit we had a great time just roaming around and taking in the sights of this busy border town . We stopped for a coke at a little "whole in the Wall" cafe and had a great chat in even with our limited Spanish with the owner. He was so friendly and welcoming. He and his wife own the little spot and rely on the flood of day trippers for their livelihood. His name was Carlos!!
    We were looking for a Paraguay Tshirt and he hustled up the guys in the next shop to track one down for us. Unfortunately it was a bright red and white striped one.Oh well!

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    Market Hustle and Bustle

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 25, 2010

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    The border town of Ciudad del Este is shear madness. I have to admit I love to shop in markets but the stuff here is such junk..straight from China I'd say and not the good knockoff stuff.

    We enjoyed the chaos though and it was pretty much what we expected.

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    Casa de la Independencia

    by eduar68 Written Nov 29, 2008

    This small museum is one of the few houses that survive from spanish colonial era in Asuncion. Most of colonial Asuncion was destroyed in the 19th century. The house where the Museum is located nowadays was built in 1772 by the Spanish settler Antonio Martínez Sáenz. The walls were constructed with adobe; with thatched roof and its framework was made of bamboo and palm wood. In 1811, precisely in the night of the May 14, a group of brave Paraguayans came out of this house to declare the independence of Paraguay.
    The museum is divided into several rooms each with 18th and 19th century furniture and objects and well as important documents.

    Cost: Free
    Open: (Check first, they change schedules frequently) Mon.-Fri 7-6:30; Sat. 8-noon

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    A Free-Market Spectacle

    by csordila Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    The fifty years "young" city of Ciudad del Este grew much during the construction of the huge nearby hydroelectric project, and now survives by being Argentina´s and Brazil´s shopping center for all sorts of illegaly imported goods. Smuggling is here a way of life.
    For everyone who thinks of government as a nightmare and for those who pray to the bible of Laisser-faire, Ciudade del Este is a paradise.
    When arriving first time to Ciudad del Este, you will have the impression of being in a place that cannot exist. Motorcycles run crazily in the streets, there is no place in the sidewalks to walk, and still more you will be surrounded by groups of vendors at every step you give in the streets. They will go offer to you everything from stockings, panties through 'viagra', to car tools or DVD's.
    Things are very cheap here, but I really do not know why.
    And there is plenty to choose from. Lots of new technology, mountains of watches etc. Huge 5-story buildings and more street stalls than you can possibly explore. Real Gucci in slick in air-conditioned stores and fake Gucci right outside on the street.
    Sony, JVC, Panasonic, Samsung, Nokia .... these branded names scream out from shops,boxes and billboards. Ciudad del Este is home not only to people from around the world but is also temporary home to the electronic goods.
    Imports are mostly from China and Hongkong while the main destination of exports is Brazil. People, cars and trucks carry loads and loads of electronic and other goods crossing the Friendship Bridge to the city on the Brazilian side.

    By the way there isn't too much to see in the city!!
    Nearby attractions are the Iguazu falls, north of the City the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Dam and to the south is Paraguay's highest waterfall, the Salto Monday.

    A hearty Welcome Ciudad del Este Crazy shoppers
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    Casa de la Independencia

    by iwys Updated Aug 30, 2008

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    Casa de la Independencia, built in 1772, is said to be Asunción's oldest building. This puzzles me somewhat as Casa Viola at Casas de Manzana was built in 1750. Maybe it's because the latter has largely been rebuilt whereas Casa de la Independencia is still in its original state. It is a modest whitewashed building with a tiled roof. It takes its name from the fact that in 1811 the Paraguayan declaration of independence took place here.

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6.30pm, Sat8am-12.30pm

    Admission free

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    Centro Cultural Manzana de la Rivera

    by iwys Updated Aug 30, 2008

    This is a group of colonial houses, which have been restored to perfect condition and are now used for various cultural activities. The Casas de la Manzana are: Casa Viola, Casa Clari, Casa Clari-Mestre, Casa Vertúa, Casa Emasa, Casa Castelví, Casa Serra I, Casa Serra II and Casa Ballario. Asunción's city museum, the Museo Memoria de la Ciudad, is in the oldest one, Casa Viola, which dates from 1750. Most of the others are only just over a hundred years old. There is also a restaurant, with a terrace overlooking the Palacio de Gobierno.

    The houses offer a pleasant refuge from the poverty and squalor of downtown Asunción, but they are nowhere near as old and interesting as the colonial houses in some other South American cities, such as Cuzco and Paraty.

    Opening hours: 9am-5pm

    Admission free

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    Ciudad del Este

    by iwys Updated Aug 30, 2008

    Ciudad del Este, formerly known as Puerto Presidente Stroessner, is a bustling border town and river port, which has become the main centre for buying duty free electrical goods, not only for Paraguayans, but for Brazilians and Argentinians as well.

    Ciudad del Este generates about 60% of Paraguay's total GDP, and it is one of the largest tax-free commercial zones in the world. It's economy is booming so much that it now looks much richer and grander than the capital city of Asunción. Modern skyscrapers full of shopping malls are separated by alleyways packed with market stalls. The city is linked to the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu by the Friendship Bridge and most foreign visitors come here as a side trip before or after visiting Iguaçu Falls.

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    Palacio de Gobierno, Asunción

    by iwys Updated Aug 29, 2008

    Paraguay's neoclassical government palace, the Palacio de Gobierno, is the only grand building in Asunción It was constructed between 1860-1892, and owned by the Lopez family. It puts the rest of the poverty-stricken city in the shade.

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    Alfredo Stroessner Statue

    by cwaterbury Written Apr 28, 2008

    Always wanted to see a statue of former Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner (and who hasn't!) but didn't know where to find one? Well, near the Palacio Gobierno in downtown Asuncion is a statue of former dictator Alfredo Stroessner, sort of. It is actually pieces from a destroyed statue used to make a new piece of art.

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    Panteon de los Heroes

    by eduar68 Updated Jan 22, 2008

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    This building symbolizes all of paraguay virtues and mishaps. It mimics a small version of Paris "Les Invalides". Built in 1864, under the regime of Francisco Solano López, it was not completed until the late 1930's after the Chaco wars with Bolivia. The bodies of both Lopez (father and son) as well as Bernardino Caballero and mariscal Estigarribia and other notable political and military leaders rest inside. There's always a pair of young soldiers, dressed in 19th C. military clothes guarding the entrance. Despite the honor, it's quite a torture to be fully dressed while the temperature is 110 F (45 C) !!!

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    Ciudad Del Este - Tax Free Shopping

    by ATXtraveler Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Typically I would add this tip to the Shopping section, but for Paraguay in particular, I think its proper place truly is "Things to Do". As we were staying in Argentina, I inquired with several people for things to do near Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, knowing I was not going to blow the opportunity to add another country onto my VT Map. Every single person I spoke to said... shop for electronics. With a funny look, I asked them... what about the Paraguay Tres Frontiers site? No... absolutely nothing there. What about dining in Ciudad del Este... no, nothing worth your time... on and on it went.

    We soldiered on into Paraguay anyway only to find out that most of the people we spoke to were exactly right. The southeastern border of Paraguay where Ciudad del Este is located is a dump. It is one large industrial zone with not much in the way of entertainment or culture or history, just one large shopping mall for discount electronics.

    Ciudad del Este is a tax-free shopping zone for most items, so do feel free to compare deals here, but I noticed that the quality was not that of the US, and most of the items here were not really "deals". I guess if you lived in the region the deals would be better, but I would warn bargain hunters not to get their hopes up.

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    Parque National de Iguazu

    by aladin99 Updated May 9, 2006

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    Die Wasserfälle von Igauzu befinden sich am 3 Ländereck Paraguay Argentinien und Brasilien.
    Auf einer Breite fast dreimal so groß wie die Niagarafälle stürzen die Wassermassen hier in die Tiefe. Iguazú bedeutet in der Sprache der Guaraní-Indianer "große Wasser".

    Zu beiden Seiten des Stromes erstreckt sich ein Nationalpark. Dort hält sich bis heute eines der vielfältigsten Ökosysteme der Erde. Die gewaltige Sprühnebelwolke der Wasserfälle versorgt die gesamte Umgebung mit der notwendigen Feuchtigkeit.

    "Iguazu" means in the native language of the Guarani "The big Waters". One can say this without exaggeration if you think about the 275 waterfalls, falling down up to 70 meters on a length of just 2,5 kilometers at the Argentinian-Brasilian border.

    The Falls, which would be memorable in any setting, are made all the more beautiful by their lush surroundings. The luxuriant forests are filled with bamboo, palms, and delicate tree ferns. Brilliantly feathered parrots and macaws flit through the foliage, competing for attention with the exotic blooms of wild orchids, begonias, and bromeliads.

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    San Bernadino Paraguayan summer spot

    by aladin99 Written May 7, 2006

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    San Bernadino ist der Sommerurlaubsort der Paraguayer. Jede Menge junger Leute und Diskotheken. Während des restlichen Jahres ist es dort angenehm ruhig. Es besteht die Möglichkeit für eine Gruppe von 8 - 10 Leuten eines der tollen Häuser dort zu mieten und
    von den Bewohner betreut zu werden. Bitte mich konaktieren.

    San Bernadino is the most frequented vacation place during Paraguayan summertime ( November December). Placed on the lake Ypacaraí it offers a lot of water sport facilities. There is an opportunity for a group of 8 – 10 people for staying in one of the great houses there. You will supported by the owners family in visiting the surrounding.

    Luxury haus in San Bernadino
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    Mbatovi Eco Reserva Piribebuy

    by aladin99 Written May 7, 2006

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    Zirka 60 km von Asuncion entfernt gibt es ein kleines ÖKO Reservat welches auf privater Initiative beruht. Neben einer tollen Aussicht besteht die Möglichkeit geführter Wanderungen und eines Abenteuer Erlebnisses mit Abseilen, sich auf Höhe der Baumkronen gesichert zu bewegen und noch einiges mehr.

    Eine Übernachtungsmöglichkeit bietet die Estancia La Quinta in der Nähe. Die Anreise mit dem Bus ist etwas mühsam. Von Asuncion ( Bus Terminal) nach Piribebuy und von dort den Bus Richtung Chololo nehmen.

    60 km away from Asuncion you will find an ecological area in the green nature of Paraguay. The people there are very friendly and supporting and you can enjoy climbing between the trees. Travelling with the bus is an adventure itself. You have to take the Bus form Terminal Asuncion to Piribebuy and then the bus to Chololo. A nice accommodation there is Estancia la Quinta.

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