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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bus to Paraguayan border cities from Foz do Iguaçu


Three Paraguayan cities are served by the International Urban Transportation system: Ciudad del Este, Hernandárias and Ciudad Presidente Franco. The companies involved are Celeste and Irmãos Rafagnin from Foz do Iguaçu, Rápido Yguazu S.A. (RYSA) and Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (NSA),Chaco Boreal and Trans Paranaense (From Paraguay).

The first four travel between Foz do Iguaçu and Ciudad del Este (CDE) and basically cross the downtown area of both cities including the business/shopping area.

The Ciudad del Este – Foz do Iguaçu - Ciudad del Este line offers two different routes. The first links the CDE’s International Bus Terminal to the Foz do Iguaçu International Bus Terminal. The second links the CDE’s Bus Terminal to the Vila Iolanda area of Foz do Iguaçu near the Restaurant China, Churrascaria Rafain and the like.

Chaco Boreal only goes to Hernadarias (the seat of Itaipu Dam, Paraguayan side) and the Trans Paranaense goes to Ciudad President Manuel Franco. Franco for short, is where the Monday Falls are located. Besides it houses the Moisés Bertoni Scientific Monument (a category in the Paraguayan National Park System). The Paraguayan Three-Border Stone Mark is also located here. Few tourists or no tourists at all visit Franco. So do not expect much in the way of comfort. Also, it is good to remember not to go alone to the Monday Falls or the Paraguayan Three-Border Stone Mark.

On the Brazilian side, bus stops for these lines are found along Avenidas Cataratas, Costa e Silva, República Argentina, Jorge Schimmelpfeng (Avenues), Rua Almirante Barroso and JK near the TTU), on the sidewalk of the 34th BI MTZ and the Rodoviária.

The International Bus Terminal of Ciudad del Este offers buses to the whole of Paraguay, as well Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. More on this later.

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