Blogs from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, South America - page 4


South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este May 29th 2008

Cuidad del Este was a pretty god damn horrible place. Supposedly Lonely Planet describes it as the worst town in South America (we learnt of this after we went there), and we can completely see why. Under the former dictator, President Stroessener, the city (then Cuidad del Stroessener) became a centre for piracy and contraband, being perfectly situated for both since it is on the border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. It felt like the most unsafe place that we've been to so far! Imagine an Oxfam shop, but over several square miles and with a really rough edge to it (no voulenteering old ladies in sight). We don't actually have any pictures of CdE, because we were too worried about flashing our camera about. As you can imagine, we got into this place and wanted ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este April 4th 2008

How often do you end up in the wrong country?? This is the question that we were asking ourselves as we sat on the foopath in some kind of industrial estate in Cuidad del Este in Paraguay.... We weren´t meant to be here, we didn´t want to be here, we were supposed to be in Brasil...... Now before you all started painiking we actually weren´t that far away from Brasil, probably no more than a kilometre or two... but this was certainly something we hadn´t expected!! The bus trip from Bonito to Foz do Iguacu had been long, delayed but pretty comfortable (by bus trip standards) and so aqfter starting a 2:30pm on Thursday we were very happy to arrive in Foz do Iguacu at 12pm on Friday. It was just a short bus ride into ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este December 15th 2007

I don't like to travel in a hurry. I like to enjoy the place I'm visiting, feel the atmosphere, do some sightseeing, eat the local food, have a chat with the locals... But this time I coudn't do it. It was a short trip to a place with lots to see, so I knew I'd not sleep much and would have to watch the clock in order to see as much as possible. When I told my friends I was heading to Ciudad del Este to take a quick look, they all tried to convince me not to go. "It's dodgy, dirty, crowded, you'll get mugged" were some of the comments. But I'm very curious and like to see it all. And since we were so close to the border, we decided to cross it just ... read more
Ponte da Amizade - Friendship Bridge

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este May 16th 2007

La patate ce matin, je dois me faire les chutes côté argentin et visiter la ville frontalière de Puerto Iguaçu, je suis ravi. Problème... il fait super gris. Je prends mon ti-déj seul dans la salle, il n'y a pas d'autres pensionnaires en ce moment. Merde, il flotte et franchement en plus ! Je suis déçu, il va falloir que je modifie mes plans, j'irai aujourd'hui à Ciudad del Este et a Itaipu. La nana de la pousada m'explique où prendre mon bus et me file les dernières recommandations : rien dans les poches (pas mal de pickpockets dans ce bus, ils savent que les gens ont du fric sur eux pour faire de gros achats à Ciudad)... Après 50mn de trajet pour 5km, le bus me pose de l'autre côté du pont de l'amitié qui ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este February 26th 2007

i know this blog is really out of date but i{ll do my best to catch up! so, we actually walked into paraguay across the friendship bridge from brazil into paraguay, you{d imagine it was a little rope bridge across a jungle or something (or maybe thats just me being silly¿¿), anyway it wasn{t and the border town, ciudad del este didnt look all that enticing. so we trekked across the bridge with our excessively large backpack in about 40degrees of midday heat and arrived on the other side at the customs office v.v.v.sweaty! i handed over my passport first and the guy looked quite confused (by a british passport¿¿) and had to take the suspicious looking pport to his boss and for a moment i did think i wasnt going to be allowed in!anyway, after ... read more


South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este January 23rd 2007

day credit card has still not arrived... i am begining to feel like i am stuck in an episode of survivor living off dodgey hostel food. anyways...the most corrupt city in South America... i have not seen too much corruption in south america although i would have to agree that this place must have it´s fair share. i decided to get out and do a bit more travel and not let the hinderance of having no accessable funds get me down. As with all australians, canadians and USA-íans we need a visa to enter paraguay...this visa cost 40 dollars US and for 1 day i hardly thought it was worth it. travelling with another fellow from the USA we set off for the contraband capital of south america Ciudad del Este! as my fellow traveller ... read more
crossing the boarder
ciudad del este
the girls by the pool

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este January 11th 2007

Foz de Iguazu sijaitsee Brasilian, Paraguayn ja Argentiinan rajalla. Tänne saavuttiin aamusella, joten hotellin löytymisen jälkeen hypättiin bussiin ja matkustettiin Ciudad del Esteen Paraguayn puolelle. Kaupunki on tunnettu Etelä-Amerikan suurimpana shoppailupaikkana ja brasilialaiset ja argentiinalaiset tuppaavat itsekin käydä siellä ostoksilla. Paikka taitaa myös olla tunnettu rahanpesusta ja salakuljetuksista. Brasilian ja Paraguayn rajalla ei tarvinnut (tai me ei ainakaan) pysähtyä näyttämään passia vaan sen kuin vain meni bussilla vain yli. Shoppailukojut ja ns. tavaratalot löytyivät heti kätevästi tullin jälkeen, joten ei tarvinnut pitkälle kävellä. Elektroniikkaa oli rutkasti. Vahvasti edustettuina olivat erityisesti kamerat, puhelimet ja kaiken näköiset dvd-laitteet. Sieltä löytyi myös soittimia, vahvareita, tölsyjä, kalastusvälineitä, autojen ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este July 9th 2006

After our adventure in Brazil, we hit a parrilla to fill our stomachs and headed to bed fairly early, a consequence of not sleeping much on the coche cama, and the fact that Puerto Iguazu isn´t a place to spend resources on nightlife. The next morning, we awoke, and found the bus to Parque Nacional Iguazu . Considered by many the premier waterfalls in the world, they straddle the Brazil / Argentina border on the Rio Iguazu. While the Brazil side affords a more complete panorama, the Argentina side gives you greater access to and closer views of the falls. Unlike, say, Niagara Falls, the site constitutes a campus of falls, from the large mistfilled Garganta del Diablo to the series of water streams visible from Isla Grande San Martin. We spent the day wandering the ... read more
Over the Rainbow
More Falls
Why Did I Have to Say I Do?

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este July 8th 2006

Paraguay To be honest, although i did go over to Paraguay (on my own) I only spent two hours there visiting a couple of shops, and so was little more than another stamp in the old passport (which I am annoyed to say i didnt actually get. Paraguay is the second poorest country in South America (after Bolivia), but does have very low taxes on consumer products which makes it very popular with Brazilians and others a Duty free shopping destination. I would like to say that my reasons for visiting the country carried a little more depth but alas they did not. The border crossing was very easy, but on leaving the vehicle i was literally mobbed by people selling various to say the least shoddy goods. They were also the most persistent I think ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este June 21st 2006

For everyone who thinks of government as a nightmare and for those who pray to the bible of Laisser-faire, Ciudade del Este, Paraguay is your paradisio. With a population estimated at near 140,000 this small town on the Paraguayan border with Brazil, a bridge away from the Brazilian tourism town of Foz do Iguaçu, Ciudade del Este boasts a tax-free market that draws attention from buyers in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. Cross over the Puente de la Amistad (“Friendship Bridge”) from the relatively wealthy Brazilian Foz do Iguaçu and even on a rainy day you will be stuck (whether walking or driving) in a traffic jam that spans the length of the bridge and into the crowded, merchandise filled streets. Border control is a laughable matter here where in plastic garbage bags people cross carrying goods ... read more

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