Cuidad del Este

As one crosses the bridge that links Brazil to Paraguay and enters Ciudad del Este, one seems to enter a different world. Cuidad del Este...
As one crosses the bridge that links Brazil to Paraguay and enters Ciudad del Este, one seems to enter a different world. Cuidad del Este is a tax free haven made of thousands of electronics, clothing and - you name it - stores. It is said to belong to the top five locations in the world in terms of business volume. The cityscape is simply amazing with high rises overlooking streets overflowed by merchants, malls and ... shoppers. Yet you do feel like a Western movie as smugglers, corrupted officials and forgery are a common traits of this peculiar city....

Foz do Iguazu

A few kilometers away from the paradisiac Iguazu waterfalls stands the city of Foz do Iguazu. This city has the fame to be home of...
A few kilometers away from the paradisiac Iguazu waterfalls stands the city of Foz do Iguazu. This city has the fame to be home of thousands of smugglers who transport illegal goods across the river separating Paraguay and Brazil. It is therefore hit by one of Brazil's highest crime rate and a lot of poverty. Because of safety issues, businesses close at 18h and you better be back in your hotel before streets go under the dark. Such a pity when you know that 1.2 millions tourists come to the area every year, every one should be able to enjoy...