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The 3 Borders


Going back on the road, we left Argentina to go to Paraguay. However there is only one bridge above Rio Panama and it is located between Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Foz do Iguazu (Brazil). 4 stamps later...

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In Foz do Iguazu


On the way, we crossed the poor neighbourhood of Foz do Iguazu. :-(

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In Ciudad del Este


On the opposite side of the bridge, many skyscrapers and shops, Ciudad del Este is the paradise of black market and corruption. Imagine: in this city, the currency is the US dollar (and not the Guarani - which is the currency of the rest of Paraguay). Welcome to Liberty City!

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Itaipu dam
The world biggest dam in the world

And the visit is for free in Paraguay (contrary to Brazilian side). This huge construction made of awesomeness and concrete. Imagine as much iron to build 380 Eiffel Towers and as much concrete to shape a road from Paraguay to New York.

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Jesuit missions
In Trinidad

At night we arrived in Trinidad and camped 100m away from the ruin of this huge Jesuit church. So impressive buildings!

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View from the top of Campinaro


History: In 1700s, Jesuits went in missions in South America. They established a dialogue with the local indigenous (the Guaranis) and starts to convert them. Indigenous lived in "reduction", kind of a camp where Spanish allowed them to be free. Indigenous were not considered as slaves after the Controversial of Valladolid. However in 1767, Jesuits had to leave because of the Governor of Spain that forbade reduction. Soldiers went to burn the reductions and today we can see the ruin that has not been stolen by the time. A great film about it is Missions (1983) with De Niro.

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25 kms to Encarnacion


We tried hitchhiking for the first time of this world trip. 1 minute later, one car stopped. A CEO of an agricultural product company, Jesus (himself), accepted to drop us 10 kms later. But after our very interesting conversation, he changed his mind to drop us in the city center, making himself late for a meeting. (15kms of detours, wow). He might love his country because he spoke a lot about how beautiful Asunción (capital of Paraguay - nicknamed the green city), and how great is the nation production: 5th world exporter of soya and beef meat!

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Local specialities in Encarnacion


We tried two Paraguayan specialities: the beverage called Terere, which is just Mate with fresh water instead of warm water. Then we ate that much meats in a restaurant. It was served with a kind of potato and bread. We were full! We discovered this is not a amazingly huge amount of meat, in this country references.

1


The 3 Borders


Going back on the road, we left Argentina to go to Paraguay. However there is only one bridge above Rio Panama and it is located between Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Foz do Iguazu (Brazil). 4 stamps later...


In Foz do Iguazu


On the way, we crossed the poor neighbourhood of Foz do Iguazu. :-(


In Ciudad del Este


On the opposite side of the bridge, many skyscrapers and shops, Ciudad del Este is the paradise of black market and corruption. Imagine: in this city, the currency is the US dollar (and not the Guarani - which is the currency of the rest of Paraguay). Welcome to Liberty City!


Itaipu dam
The world biggest dam in the world

And the visit is for free in Paraguay (contrary to Brazilian side). This huge construction made of awesomeness and concrete. Imagine as much iron to build 380 Eiffel Towers and as much concrete to shape a road from Paraguay to New York.


Jesuit missions
In Trinidad

At night we arrived in Trinidad and camped 100m away from the ruin of this huge Jesuit church. So impressive buildings!


View from the top of Campinaro


History: In 1700s, Jesuits went in missions in South America. They established a dialogue with the local indigenous (the Guaranis) and starts to convert them. Indigenous lived in "reduction", kind of a camp where Spanish allowed them to be free. Indigenous were not considered as slaves after the Controversial of Valladolid. However in 1767, Jesuits had to leave because of the Governor of Spain that forbade reduction. Soldiers went to burn the reductions and today we can see the ruin that has not been stolen by the time. A great film about it is Missions (1983) with De Niro.


25 kms to Encarnacion


We tried hitchhiking for the first time of this world trip. 1 minute later, one car stopped. A CEO of an agricultural product company, Jesus (himself), accepted to drop us 10 kms later. But after our very interesting conversation, he changed his mind to drop us in the city center, making himself late for a meeting. (15kms of detours, wow). He might love his country because he spoke a lot about how beautiful Asunción (capital of Paraguay - nicknamed the green city), and how great is the nation production: 5th world exporter of soya and beef meat!


Local specialities in Encarnacion


We tried two Paraguayan specialities: the beverage called Terere, which is just Mate with fresh water instead of warm water. Then we ate that much meats in a restaurant. It was served with a kind of potato and bread. We were full! We discovered this is not a amazingly huge amount of meat, in this country references.

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