Ciudad del Este, Asunción - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Ciudad del Este

Located on the border with Brazil, Ciudad del Este is considered the top shopping destination in Paraguay. Ciudad del Este is one of the largest tax-free zones in the world, and the border crossing ha a steady stream of traffic from neighbouring for that reason. Bargains range from high-end electronics shops with computers and televisions to dodgy street vendors selling all manner of semi-legal goods. There are also a variety of good restaurants in Ciudad del Este. While it is considered fairly unattractive and is hardly a major tourist destination in its own right, Ciudad del Este is conveniently located for tourists heading to Iguazú Falls.

Both Spanish and indigenous Guarani are official languages. English is rarely heard or understood.

The currency of Paraguay is the Guarani (PYG). United States dollars are also widely accepted. Visitors are advised to use banks or official Bureaux de Change for exchanging money rather than street exchange kiosks because there are many counterfeit notes in circulation. Travellers cheques are more easily exchanged with proof of purchase receipts. Credit cards are not widely accepted, but some hotels and touristic restaurants take MasterCard, Visa and American Express. There are numerous ATMs in urban centres, which take Cirrus, Maestro and Visa cards, but visitors who use them are advised to be cautious and vigilant because of the risk of crime. Banks are open on weekdays only between 7.30am and 11am.

Local time is GMT -4.

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