Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Shopping in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls
The location of Puerto Iguazu is of a great advantage for anyone who loves to go shopping. This vibrant city shares its border with Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay, and Foz do Iguazu, in Brazil. This makes it really easy to travel from one city to the other, while at the same time buying lots of fantastic merchandise at the many duty free shops and malls.
You must also take a look at the handicrafts of the region, which are available in the indigenous communities located close to the city. Here you will find skillfully made handcrafts and souvenirs for great prices, and you'll also get to learn more about the culture at the same time.
Duty Free Shop
This attractive shopping mall is located in the "Zona Franca Puerto Iguazu" (The Puerto Iguazu Free Zone). Here you will find a huge diversity of tax free products from the best national and international brands. The stores are distributed over six buildings according to the kinds of the merchandise they sell.
It is definitely worth taking your passport with you, due to the fact that the shopping mall is located between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, so you'll have to go through a customs checkpoint. It's worth the hassle though, when you see the considerably lower prices compared with any other place in the area. This shopping mall won the 2007 Frontier Award for the Best Duty Free Shop.
Mercado de Artesanias (Handicrafts Market)
Located in downtown Puerto Iguazu, this market is one of the best places to purchase local handcrafts, in particular goods created by the Guarani people. You'll find a fantastic variety of handicrafts here, including textiles, clothing, souvenirs, utensils and a whole lot more.
Orquidiario del Indio Solitario (Orchid Nursey)
This is a paradise for anyone who loves flowers, in particular the spectacular beauty of orchids. The name of this nursery comes from the indigenous Guarani man who originally opened it. You'll find an amazing variety of orchids here, some of which are for sale at very reasonable price, while others are incredibly expensive due to their rarity. They have orchids that grow on land and in water, along with a type called epiphyte, which grow on other plants.
This unique store sells leather handcrafts, bracelets, accessories, jewelry, sandals and many more interesting products. The unique designs are fabulous and the local materials used are of a very high quality. It's definitely worth while taking some time to browse around this fascinating store.
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