How often did you get a chance to visit three countries at the same time without leaving the city? Agree, it's kind of crazy! But the history of the creation of state borders dictated its own rules. In South America, on the border of three countries, there is a unique city - let's get to know it better.
Officially, the "triple city" is divided into separately existing ones. They are located in the border triangle between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
In fact, all three countries are separated by rivers. Brazil and Argentina are separated from Paraguay by the Paraná River, which is the second longest river in South America. Brazil and Argentina are separated by the Iguazu River, after which the city is named. In Brazil, the city is officially named as Foz do Iguacu, and in Paraguay - Ciudad del Este, in Argentina - Puerto Iguazu.
Each of the three countries at the edge of the river is located obelisks, and the countries are connected to each other by bridges. The bridge connecting Foz do Iguaçu and Ciudad del Este is called the Bridge of International Friendship, and the bridge that connects the Brazilian line with the Argentine one is called Tancredo Nevesa (port. Ponte Tancredo Neves).
The largest of the cities is Ciudad del Este: in 2019, the population here was about 300 thousand people. The second in terms of the number of inhabitants is Foz do Iguacu - about 260 thousand people (for 2018). The smallest city is Puerto Iguazu - about 100 thousand. Surprisingly, back in the early 2010s, Foz do Iguacu was considered the first in terms of number! But the level of migration of citizens from the country has increased, and the population has decreased by almost 40 thousand.
In South America, there is always a very warm and unpredictable climate, in cities it is mainly subtropical. And in Puerto Iguazu, the climate is slightly different from its close neighbors: drier, without rainy seasons. Only from January to May you can enjoy small tropical showers. Ciudad del Este and Foz do Iguaçu, on the contrary, have a humid climate with seasonal rains. This is a really amazing phenomenon, because the cities stand literally a kilometer from each other.
Places of interest
Each of the three cities will be interesting to tourists in its own way. This is the main uniqueness of the triple city.
Here you can admire the famous waterfalls located on the Iguazu River. The largest and most dangerous of them the locals called the "Devil's Throat". This is truly a fascinating sight!
You should also visit the very area of the Iguazu National Park. This is an attractive place for tourists, where you can see many interesting animals and birds. For example, here you can watch hummingbirds or colorful parrots, see the incredible beauty of orchids growing right on the trunks of centuries-old trees.
In the city of Puerto Iguazú itself, you should visit the Mborore Museums, the city's Bird Park and the Timbo Arte Arte Art Gallery.
In Foz do Iguaçu, you should visit the most atypical place for South American regions – a Buddhist temple. It is located on the outskirts of the city.
Less attractive for tourists will be Ciudad del Este, where there are no particularly interesting sights. But this city is simply filled with various shopping centers. And all because of the fact that residents of Brazil and Argentina come to the city for electronics and other goods because of the low duty. However, ciudad del Este is not so easy to walk - of the three, it is the most dangerous and quite dirty. The other two towns are quite quiet and clean, pleasant to visit and walk around.