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Ciudad del Este Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 84 photos


My incursion to Paraguay was to the contraband capital of South America. This city, located on the eastern edge of the country, shares a border with Brazil and Argentina. Ciudad del Este is a strange little wonderland of merchandising, where people of many countries and continents participate in a thriving local economy, made possible by the general lack of import duties. Hence, this place is a bastion of commerce, where residents of the nearby countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay come to shop for the inexpensive, but name brand tennis shoes, clothing, electronics, sports equpiment, etc., etc.

  • Last visit to Ciudad del Este: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • s_berg's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2004 at 11:56 AM

    great pictures! I was nervous to take those risky shots in the middle of crowded streets but I enjoyed seeing the chaos as I remember it.

  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2004 at 5:53 PM

    Great tips on Ciudad del Este. I wish i can visit there one day.

  • chris_i79's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2003 at 7:48 PM

    Ciudad del Este is certainly a interesting place.....perhaps not the safest, but I doubt anyone one will ever forget it!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2002 at 7:27 PM

    looks like not much has changed..contraband..capital of south america


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