Ciudad del Este

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Ciudad del Este
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Ciudad del Este is located in Paraguay
Ciudad del Este
Ciudad del Este
Location of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay
Coordinates: 25°31′00″S 54°37′00″W / 25.51667°S 54.61667°W / -25.51667; -54.61667Coordinates: 25°31′00″S 54°37′00″W / 25.51667°S 54.61667°W / -25.51667; -54.61667
Country  Paraguay
Department Alto Paraná
Founded February 3, 1957
 • Intendente Municipal Sandra Mac Leod de Zacarias
 • Total 104 km2 (40 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 293,817
 • Density 2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Time zone AST (UTC-04)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-03)
Postal code 7000
Area code(s) (595) (61)
Climate Cfa
Website Official website

Ciudad del Este (Spanish pronunciation: [sjuˈðað ðel ˈeste], Spanish for City of the East) initialed CDE is the second largest city in Paraguay and capital of the Alto Paraná Department, situated on the Paraná River. As of 2008 its population was of 320,782. The city consists of a large population of Lebanese immigrants,[1] as well as Taiwanese.[2] Guaraní International Airport, located in neighboring city Minga Guazú, serves Ciudad del Este. The city annually attracts thousands of tourists for Black Friday.[3] On a daily basis, many tourists from Brazil cross the border to enter Ciudad del Este[4] and the city also attracts thousands of worldwide tourists.[5][6] The city is home to Club Atlético 3 de Febrero, counting with the Estadio Antonio Oddone Sarubbi which was used for the 1999 Copa América and is Paraguay's third biggest football stadium.


Founded in 1957, it was originally called Puerto Flor de Lis, then until 1989 Puerto Presidente Stroessner, after Alfredo Stroessner. The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad del Este.


The city, coextensive with the homonymous district, is located in south-eastern Paraguay. Part of a "triangle" known as the Triple Frontier, Ciudad del Este lies in front of the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu (state of Paraná). Separated from it by Paraná River, it is linked by the Friendship Bridge. The Argentine border is located between the neighbouring town of Presidente Franco and Puerto Iguazú (Misiones Province). Ciudad del Este, along with the towns and districts of Hernandarias, Minga Guazú and Presidente Franco, forms a metropolitan area named Gran Ciudad del Este (i.e. Greater Ciudad del Este).


Ciudad del Este is a multicultural and diverse city. It is home to a large Asian-born population, specifically of Taiwanese, Korean, Lebanese, and Iranian origin, evident in the city's mosques and pagodas. The Taiwanese government paid for the construction of the city's town hall in exchange for Paraguayan support in the United Nations, hence the Taiwanese flag that flies on the building. From the 1970s, Sunni Muslim Arabs moved to the city. This changed in the 1980s to Shia Muslim Arabs from South Lebanon.[7]


CDE was, according to Forbes, the third largest commercial city in the world between 1990 and 2002.[citation needed] The city is the headquarters of the company that operates the nearby Itaipu Dam.[citation needed] The city's economy (and Paraguay's economy as well) relies heavily on the mood of the Brazilian economy, as 95% of Paraguay's share of the energy generated by the Itaipu Dam is sold to Brazil (for US$300 million), and that every day many Brazilians cross the border to buy less expensive products[8] (US$1.2 billion, mostly electronics). Smuggling is a major occupation in the city, with some estimates putting the value of this black market at five times the national economy. Some military and intelligence agencies state that there are terrorist organizations in the area, no evidence of this has been found.[9][10]


Guarani International Airport, located in the suburb city of Minga Guazú, connects the city with other South American destinations.


Ciudad del Este counts with the following consulates or consulate generals for diplomatic services:

  • Argentina Argentina – Consulate General: Boquerón c/Adrián Jara - Edificio China 7º piso[11]
  • Brazil Brazil – Consulate: Calle Pampliega Nr. 205 Esquina con Pai Perez[12]
  • France France – Honorary Consulate: Paraná Country Club, Hernandarias, Casilla de correo 309, 7000 Ciudad del Este[13]
  • Germany Germany – Honorary Consulate: Avenida Paraná 77, Paraná Country Club[14]
  • Mexico Mexico – Honorary Consulate: Av. Adrian Jara, edif. Banco Unión, 3º piso, Oficina 20[15]
  • Peru Peru – Honorary Consulate: Km 4 ½, Monday, B° Bernardino Caballero[16]
  • Slovakia Slovakia – Honorary Consulate: Calle Boquerón 310, Edif. Grupo Monalisa S.A.[17]
  • Syria Syria – Honorary Consulate: Avda. 11 de Septiembre 399[18]
  • Taiwan Taiwan – Consulate General: Avda. de Lago s/n Barrio Boquerón CP 131[19]
  • Turkey Turkey – Honorary Consulate: Av. Monseñor Rodríguez s/n entre Itaybaté y Rubio Ñu, Edificio Mannah 10 Piso A[20]

The city also counts with several departments for legal, identification and migration matters:

  • Identifications Department – Ubicated on the street Súper Carretera[21]
  • Supreme Court of Justice – The place is also known as the Palace of Justice. Ubicated near the Estadio Antonio Oddone Sarubbi of the Club Atlético 3 de Febrero: Avda. Bernardino Caballero e/ Cerro León[22]
  • INTERPOL – The city counts with a regional office of Interpol.[23]
  • National Direction of Migration – Ubicated at the boarder with Brazil prior to entering the friendship bridge: Cabecera del Puente de la Amistad, margen derecho (Ruta Internacional Nº 7 - Dr. José Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia)[24]

In media[edit]

  • Ciudad del Este was featured during a late season 8/early season 9 storyline on the television series JAG in 2003.
  • In 2005, it was a filming location for Miami Vice, a film directed by Michael Mann and based on his television series of the same name.
  • The Triple Frontier (or here referenced as the Tri-Border Area) was featured as the backdrop for the NCIS Season 2 episode "An Eye for an Eye", as NCIS Special Agents Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander) traveled to this area of southern Paraguay in order to investigate a professor involved in a case in which a pair of blue eyeballs were mailed to a man who then committed suicide. A deleted scene from this episode would later be shown in the Season 8 episode, "A Man Walks into a Bar" as the team remember their dead colleague, Agent Todd.
  • The city was also mentioned in Vince Flynn's novel, Extreme Measures. A terrorist uses this city as a training area before staging a somewhat successful operation on the United States
  • The city is the setting for the 2014 graphic novel "Cuidad", written by Ande Parks and illustrated by Fernando Leon Gonzalez.




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  7. ^ John Tofik Karam, (Un)covering Islam and Its Fifty-Year History in a South American Frontier Region (2011), Florida International University.
  8. ^ Schemo, Diana Jean (March 15, 1998). "In Paraguay Border Town, Almost Anything Goes". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Abbott, Lieutenant Colonel Philip K. (September–October 2004). "Terrorist Threat in the Tri-Border Area: Myth or Reality?". Military Review. U.S. Army. 
  10. ^ Gato, Pablo; Windrem, Robert (9 May 2007). "Hezbollah builds a Western base.". NBC News. 
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  25. ^ "Ciudad del Este Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 

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