Located over Paraná River, the Friendship Bridge connects the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu, state of Paraná, and the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este. The bridge was founded in March 27 1965 by the presidents Castelo Branco (Brazil) and Alfredo Stroessner (Paraguay) and it represents the cultural exchange and business strengthening between the two countries.
Official data estimate that 40,000 people cross the bridge every day. In July 2016, the bridge underwent major repairs including pavement improvement, new painting, and concrete sign repairs, concrete railings on the sides and coverage on the pedestrian overpass.
The bridge itself is 552.4 m long, 13.5 m width and 78 m high and it has the largest open span of concrete work in the world. Because of its geographical importance, the place has already been scene of rallies for several workers and social movements.
Minors under the age 18 need permission to cross the border.
There are several traders who negotiate prices in US dollars.
There is no toll to cross the bridge.