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Ciudad del Este

Ciudad del Este is a particular point in the Triple Frontier area. Known as the Third commercial city in the world behind Miami and Hong Kong, brings tourists-buyers from all corners of South America, as well as curious tourists from all the world. Ciudad del Este is located within the territory of Paraguay, and is the capital of Alto Paraná's Department, located 327 km from the nation's capital, Asuncion.

Along with Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) and Foz do Iguacu (Brazil) make up the area known as the Triple Border or Triple Frontier. It links on to Brazil by the International Bridge of Friendship.

It was founded by decree on February 3, 1957 and was even calledCiudad Presidente Stroessner in honor of the dictator Alfredo Stroessner. For its population and development, is the second largest city inParaguay, with nearly 600,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.

Few people ventured to settle in the region because of the inhospitable jungles that covered it. But once the bridge was built in the 60's, It consolidated the local economy and urbanized rapidly. A variety of immigrants, specifically Arabs, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Brazilians.

The city has a humid subtropical climate, no dry season. The average annual temperature is 22 ° C. In summer, temperatures can reach over 40 ° C and in winter drop to 4 ° C. In winter there are frequent fogs, and some mild frost.

The main source of income for the city is trading - commerce. Ciudad del Este is the third largest free trade area in the world, after Miami and Hong Kong. You get any variety and quantity of products at great prices compared to neighboring countries.

Lately the economy has diversified, particularly in agribusiness, as inCiudad del Este are the largest agricultural enterprises established in the country.

While tourism shopping is the highlight of the city, are also nearby attractions such as:

■ Itaipu Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world.
■ 8 km to the south, are the falls of Monday, falling water from the river of the same name.
■ A 20 km east on the border between Argentina and Brazil, are the majestic Iguazu Falls.