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Paysandú

Paysandú is one of Uruguay’s most important cities. It is the capital of the department with which is shares its name and has 76,429 inhabitants. Located on the Río Uruguay, it is 368 km from the capital and borders the Argentine cities of Colón and Concepción del Uruguay, with which it is connected through the international General Artigas bridge. The capital has several attractions including Beer Week, Carnival and the celebrations of the founding of the city.

Main Attractives

The Municipal Resort.

Located two km from the center, on the banks of the Río Uruguay, the resort has a beautiful promenade which displays multiple hues as the sunlight descends upon the dense vegetation of the Isla de Caridad. Attractions such as the “Guyunusa Camping”, the Summer Theater, the Río Uruguay Amphitheater, the Museum of Tradition and the children’s playground are a must for tourists.

The Río Uruguay Amphitheater.

International stars such as León Gieco, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Mercedes Sosa, Soledad, Chayane, Sopra Contrariar, Ismael Serrano, Serrat and many more have occupied its stage which is usually fully booked for the summer months.
Due to its acoustic properties, its dimension (it can seat over 20 thousand people) and its architectural features, the amphitheater, which opened in 1997, has attracted the interest of tourists from around the world.

Balneario Municipal.

El Club de Pescadores Paysandú posee una sede flotante y un hermoso parque sobre el Río Uruguay. Este último ofrece al campamentista ranchadas con parrilleros, mesas, baños, duchas y estacionamiento privado.Anualmente el club desarrolla competencias de gran prestigio a nivel departamental e internacional.
 

The San Felix Hippodrome.

Located in the south of the city, it occupies an area of 50 hectares. The hippodrome was inaugurated on April 17, 1954, and was the largest equestrian racetrack in the countryside. It has an elliptical race track which runs 1,700 meters, a monumental box, 300 boxes, restaurant and confectionery services, large gardens, automatic starters, cement stands and an electric eye at the finish line. The famous horse “Vitelio” ran on its track, considered the best horse to have run in our country, defeated for the first time in San Félix.
The first winning horse in San Félix was “Temprano”, which was credited with over 40 official victories.

 

The Almirón and Almería Islands.

In the Casa Blanca area, 15 km from the city, are the Almirón and Almería islands, good for deep water fishing and with beautiful surroundings which are ideal for camping.
Both islands offer a rugged natural beauty, with plenty of sand, which remain almost as untouched as in the times when they were inhabited by the Aborigines. Amid the gallery forests which continue the Misionera jungle (the river transports seeds from the north and deposits them on the islands) you can appreciate rare species of flora and fauna which are not common in any other part of Uruguay.

 

Fisherman’s Stop.

Fishing lovers cannot miss the Paysandú Fishermen Club which has a floating headquarters and a beautiful park on the Río Uruguay.
The latter offers campers barbeques, tables, bathrooms, showers and private parking. The park canteen is the setting for frequent get-togethers around the classic asado con cuero (traditional countryside barbeque) and family gatherings for those who love the great outdoors.
Every year the club holds prestigious departmental and international competitions.

 

The Chajá dessert.

The iconic traditional local dessert par excellence is, without doubt, the Chaja dessert. Its origins date back to 1927, when a confectioner was inspired to create a unique blend of meringue, sponge cake, Chajá cream, and peach.
While the dessert is from Paysandú, its rapid growth has transformed it into a typical Uruguayan product, a market leader. The “dessert which travels furthest”, as its slogan states, is today one of the most appreciated souvenirs for tourists.

The Paysandú Yacht Club and the Artigas Plateau.

Its boat-shaped headquarters is located on the banks of the Río Uruguay to the north of the city. It has a pier with 10,000 m2 of reflective water with a surface level 2 meters below the “0” level of the Río Uruguay, where there are beautiful and quick lightning, snipe, launch and optimist boats.
The most important and traditional competition organized by the Yacht Club is the Regata Meseta de Artigas Paysandú, a transcendent event which takes place annually during Tourism Week with the participation of boats from Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. This race was conceived in 1950 on the centenary of the passing of our national hero, General José Artigas, and has taken place ever since.
Optimist school, boating school, Optimist storage, windsurf board storage, covered docking, beach docking area and a recreational park with barbeque areas and a children’s playground are just some of the services the institution offers.