Ciudad del Este

Originally named Puerto Presidente Stroessner after the former dictator, the 'City of the East' is a renowned center for contraband goods, with its central streets submerged into a giant, tacky city market, earning it the nickname 'the Supermarket of South America.' 
The part near the busy Brazilian border is chaotic and it can be a massive shock to the system if it's your first experience of Paraguay, but rest assured there is nowhere else in the country quite like this. Give Ciudad del Este a chance and you'll find the rest of it is surprisingly pleasant, with some interesting attractions nearby. Of course, if you're here to shop, then dive headfirst into the chaos and you will be in your element.

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