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Ciudad del Este, Paraguay - Bring Lots Of Money And Go Shopping

Paraguay experiences and stories by a backpacker - May 2009   » View Photoset (13 Photos)

I arrived in Ciudad del Este from Puerto Iguazu in Argentina. I had to pay $50USD for a visa and was given 5 days to be there. Not a long a time, but long enough to have a look around some of the country. The aim of my travel in Paraguay was to head west across to Asuncion via a detour south to see the national park in Ybycui. After going through the Paraguayan immigration control you are hit by a busy shopping mall scene with lots of billboards advertising products and a very busy road with cars, taxis and many motorbikes, its not easy to cross. I arrived at the end of the day and took a taxi to find a hotel near the center. I found a very European place to stay. I had some nice views of Ciudad del Este from the 3rd floor from the balcony in the morning, the main feature being that there were a lot of trees for as far as the eye could see. I wanted to go for a walk and have a look around the city center. The hotel manager told me to keep my eyes open and valuables hidden. It was a short 5 minute walk down the road, a turn right and then I came to the markets and a busy pedestrian and shopping area, it was Saturday morning. There were taxis and motorbikes everywhere, billboards and street action. People were carrying bags and boxes of all shapes and sizes, it was a very colorful scene. It's a real shoppers paradise - electronic goods, toys, soccer balls and t-shirts, clothing, perfume, watches, suitcases and packs, hardware, sports equipment and guns. There are quite a few police and security guards in the area. 3 men came up to me at separate times and gave me a card for a stereo or camera shop then offered me something white, for which I said 'no gracias'. After getting back to the hotel, I got a taxi to the bus terminal and bought a ticket west to La Colmena, which as far as I could tell was somewhere on the way to Ybycui.

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Ciudad del Este, Paraguay:
Caribeno Hotel, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay - Large Photo
Caribeno Hotel, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay (April 2016 - 2 nights) - Really comfortable room at a cost of $21USD per night. A great breakfast is included each morning. Friendly staff and a good location near the city's shopping district. A good alternative to other more expensive hotels nearby. Rooms with tv, wifi, private bathroom, aircon and a good bed. Recommended!
Hotel Austria, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay - Large Photo
Hotel Austria, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay (May 2009 - 1 night) - Good room and nice bathroom on the 3rd floor, restaurant downstairs, fantastic complimentary breakfast, nice views over the city. It has an extremely European feel to it for obvious reasons. The reception told us to keep our eyes open when walking in the area outside, so we did.
Videos from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay:
The Busy Streets of Ciudad del Este Video
The Busy Streets of Ciudad del Este Video
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