Welcome to Ponta Porã
It’s a strange feeling to cross the street and change countries, but you can do just that in Ponta Porã, a bustling little border town joined at the hip with the Paraguayan town of Pedro Juan Caballero. The beer changes from Skol to Pilsen, you see flasks of tereré (iced maté) and prices on electronics are slashed – other than that, it’s hard to even notice there is a border here (Portunhol vernacular is rampant). There are only two reasons to come: either because you are a member of the hordes of Brazilian bargain hunters, or because you are crossing the border to Paraguay. Extra caution is a good idea at night, but it's not a seedy place despite well-documented drug-trafficking issues.