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Monday, 13 March 2017 14:23

Punta del Este: family option

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The beach resort of Punta del Este offers multiple attractions to enjoy with your family. Adventures in motion, cozy natural surroundings and stories of treasures and pirates are just around the corner. You only need to schedule your activity The following is a listing of some of the must-sees to keep the kids smiling during the holidays.

Museo del Mar (Museum of the Sea)
Eight thousand snails of different sizes and colors, whales, stars and seahorses are part of the elements of interest in this museum that is ideal to visit with the family. The little ones delight in listening to stories of treasures, buccaneers and corsairs. One of the attractions is the largest mussel in the world. Before leaving the museum families are to solve several enigmas such as why sharks do not attack in Uruguay or why sea turtles cry when taken out of the sea.
Contact: + (598) 42771817
Www.museodelmar.com.uy
Location: 1km from Puente de la Barra (La Barra Bridge)

Adventures in Solanas
Paintball, Laser Games, quad biking, guided horse riding and canopy are just part of the Solanas Vacation Club proposals. All activities can be enjoyed by the whole family, adults and children. The interesting thing is that to participate in them you do not need to be a member of the club.
Contact information:
Www.solanasaventura.com
Tel: 42578540 int. 2006/8750
Cel. (00598) 999088626

Water Sports at Parada 4 (Stop 4)
The Mansa Beach is ideal for water sports. Here you can rent jet skis, go water skiing or go for a spin on a banana boat. A real blast for children of all ages.

Go for a ride on an electric bike
This new environmentally friendly proposal for the whole family is at Gorlero 1035. You can rent or buy super comfortable and ecological electric bicycles.
Www.bicitrend.com/bicitrend

Visit the sea lions
40 minutes from the port of Punta del Este, in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the largest reserves of sea lions in the world. Visitors are not allowed to go ashore, but they can contemplate the sea lions from the boat.
The rides cost approximately USD 50 per person. Find more information at the Port of Punta del Este.

Visit Gorriti Island
An excellent alternative to enjoy with the family is to visit the Gorriti Island and its picturesque beaches. Although visitors can see the whole island in 2 hours, it is a good idea to make it a day there. Boats leave from the port of Punta del Este every day, weather provided.
Round trip price: USD10 (aprox).
In summer, departures take place every half hour from 9 am.

Connect with nature at Arboretum Lussich
It is one of the most diverse forest reserves of imported species in the world and a magical environment to connect with nature whether for  hiking in the woods or cycling.
During the tour it is possible to take refuge in gazebos and shady spaces that are ideal for family picnics.
Camino Lusich, Road 38

Diving into a crystal clear saltwater lagoon and enjoying various water attractions for the family are some of the new proposals that Punta del Este has to offer to visitors this summer 2017. Located in the Solanas complex, at kilometer 118.500 of the Interbalnearia Route, more precisely, in the beach resort of Portezuelo, the first crystal lagoon in Uruguay opened in early January this year. The innovative initiative called Solanas Cristal Beach, emerged within the framework of the 40th Anniversary of Solanas Holiday Club and required an investment of 14 million dollars. This aquatic paradise offers the ideal conditions for recreation, swimming and water sports and it is the perfect place for relaxation surrounded by nature. It has an area of 5 hectares, includes 3 white sand beaches with loungers and services, two bars, a pedestrian path, and a children's pool with a pirate ship and slides. The place offers several activities to kids and adults such as hydro gym classes, rhythm gym, yoga, pilates, water sports school and games, children's shows, musical shows, a live DJ, water games, stand paddel, family and individual pedal boats, Catamaran trips, kayaks, and the big ball, among other proposals. Solanas Crystal Beach stands out for being sustainable and friendly with the environment, as it allows the rational use of scarce resources such as energy and water. For example, its innovative technology uses 100 times fewer products than conventional swimming pools and consumes only 2% of the energy required by traditional filter systems. This complies with the most demanding international standards of water quality. For now, the new artificial lagoon is only available to members of the holiday club but next season it is projected to be open to the public. For more information go to www.solanasvacation.com.ar

During the spring months, the rivers and lagoons of Uruguay become an ideal setting for tourist boat rides. Following are some of the main ones.

1. Sail the Uruguay River and discover the Berlin honey.
Located 45 kilometers from Fray Bentos, Nuevo Berlín is across from the Esteros de Farrapos National Park and the Uruguay River Islands, an area of great natural value that is part of the National System of Protected Areas. Different sightseeing river tours take place in this picturesque location that is worth a try this spring.
One of them is called La Yeguada Trail and it includes a one-hour- canoe ride in the stream. Another alternative is the one offered by Apiarios La Serena, which lets visitors discover the exuberant subtropical woods surrounding the bee hives in the area. The most courageous visitors can get to know a colony of bees in full labor and collaborate with the work done with hives together with a local beekeeper. The area also offers fishing trips and sightseeing boat rides.
Contact:
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Tel. (+598) 99748247 - 99696482
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Contact: 45682152 - Cel. 092215164

2. Sail the Rio Negro and visit Barrietos and Sauzal Islands.
The organization Bilú Guidaí, specialized in Conservation and Ecotourism proposes to enjoy two options which combine boat riding and hiking on two islands in the Rio Negro: Barrientos and Sauzal. Both trails are 1 kilometer long and 1 hour long, but offer the possibility of seeing quite different landscapes and animals. For example, the Barrientos trail features an enclosed landscape, marked by native Criollo woods, and animals such as Capybaras and Diademed Tanages. On the Sauzal island, however, Mini Bay Trees and animals such as Ferrets and River Otters are abundant. Both rides are accompanied by nature guides.
+ Info Bilú Guidaí

3. Catamaran rides in the Soriano waters.
The riverside rambla of the city of Mercedes is an irresistible attraction in the fall. There are several options to enjoy the wonders of the river such as the catamaran rides in the Soriano I. The vessel accommodates 45 people in an air-conditioned cabin to enjoy journeys all year long.
Some of the journey options that can be arranged for groups during the fall are:
Mercedes - Villa Soriano - Duration 5 hours.
Mercedes - Barrancas Coloradas - Duration 3 hours.
Mercedes - Doña Pepa Willows - Duration 2 hours.
For more information and travelling arrangements contact the Office of Tourism of Soriano.
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4. Kayaking and canoeing along the rambla of Mercedes.
The company Kluver Turismo offers a fun proposal to stay fit and enjoy a water ride with friends.
+ Info. Kluver Turismo

5. Boat rides and snorkeling in Villa Soriano, the oldest European settlement in the country.
Founded in 1624, the village emerges on the island of Vizcaino as a location for the Chana Indians, and is then transferred to the present site in 1708. These characteristics make it the oldest European settlement in the Uruguayan territory. The town maintains the colonial characteristics of its time and history is still felt today on the coasts of the Hum and in the streets.
Besides the historical and cultural attractiveness of this town, visitors can enjoy several water activities, such as water rides in the Rio Negro, kayaking, canoeing and even snorkeling by the pier.
Contact. Office of Tourism of Soriano
Tel. (+598) 45322201 int. 2501-03 / Information Center. Boat Station. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel. (+598) 45394815 / Local Council Villa Soriano. Tel. (+598) 4530 4144


 

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Monday, 13 March 2017 13:51

Punta del Este luxory -2017

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Punta del Este is often known as the international jet set beach resort. Many celebrities choose it year after year to enjoy a five star holiday. Forbes magazine highlighted several unavoidable places for those who decide to visit Punta del Este in search of glamor, trends and nature. Among the places and attractions highlighted by the prestigious American magazine are:

1.Los Dedos (The Fingers).
The mythical work of the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal is a must in the itinerary of those who arrive for the first time in the peninsula. No one can return home without a selfie at Los Dedos as a souvenir.

2. Port of Punta del Este.
It is a key point for those who wish to admire the resort and treat themselves to fresh fish.

3. Casapueblo.
This is a summer classic. Lovers of art and architecture cannot miss the museum and workshop of the famous artist Carlos Páez Vilaró at the top of Punta Bellena and enjoy the fabulous sunset from there.

4. La Bourgogne.
Located in a quiet residential area near Punta del Este, this prestigious restaurant is run by French chef Jean-Paul Bondoux, who recreated his native Burgundy. The recommendation is to have a table set in the garden and to order the chef's tasting menu, which is made with products from the Bondoux farm.

5. La Barra. 
A relaxed afternoon among galleries, surf shops and ice cream parlors, apart from beautiful beaches.

6. Pueblo Garzón.(Garzon Village).
The Argentine chef Francis Mallmann has chosen the town of Pueblo Garzon to set up his interesting gastronomic proposal, based on regional products, prepared with fire and firewood, in a clay oven, the grill or other cooking methods like "the infiernillo" (little hell). To accompany the dishes, the place offers an Argentine wine list and a selection of wines from Bodega Garzón (the Garzon Winery).

7. Altos de la Ballena. (Heights of the Whale).
An excellent place where to taste the most typical grape of the region: Tannat.

8. Lo de Tere (Tere's Place).
This picturesque restaurant has been praised as a key point in the summer season.

9. Moby Dick.
This bar is a classic icon of Punta del Este’s night life and is open all year round, receiving visitors from the most diverse countries. It offers a variety of drinks and beers in an atmosphere similar to an Irish pub. It is ideal for drinking and listening to music and even live bands.

10. Ocean Club.
Located on the Brava Beach, it is home to theme parties that transcend throughout the season. The night starts late in the resort, at about 4am. This disco/bar offers different music floors, several bars, VIP areas and a terrace facing the sea.

Monday, 13 March 2017 13:24

Tour Montevideo with the whole family

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Touring Montevideo with children has a particular charm. Young people need to be outdoors, enter places where they have freedom of movement, play and interact with the older ones and above all, have fun and be surprised. In this article we suggest 10 attractions where you can safely enjoy your vacation without hearing the so feared phrases "I want to leave" or "How far is it?".

1. Lecocq Park
Located on the outskirts of Santiago Vázquez, the 60-hectare park is a support center for the conservation of biodiversity, nationally and internationally. Located on the banks of the Santa Lucia River 19.5 km from the city center, the park hosts more than 500 animals. Its origins go back to the years 1946 and 1949 when a zoo with animal species from all over the world was created. Currently, it is designed as an Ecological Park, combining a zoo, a scientific center, a museum and a botanical garden.
It houses an interpretation center of Parque Natural Municipal Humedales (Wetland Municipal Natural Park) of the Santa Lucia river, that offers guided visits.
Address: Luis Batlle Berres - Km 19.5
Hours: Summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Winter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (00598 2) 312 0013
Guided tours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Guided tours: Paseo del Monte: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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2. Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art
It displays more than 700 archeological and ethnographic pieces of indigenous people in America and the present territory of Uruguay. In the Mapi, the youngest can discover what these lands were like thousands of years ago, what animals inhabited them, what the first settlers did not to get bored and what things they invented to entertain their children. Visitors can enjoy all this while engaging in different activities designed so that children, teenagers and adults can become familiar and learn a little more about the Indigenous America.
Address: 25 de Mayo 279 on the corner of Pérez Castellano
Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (598) 2916 9360.
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3. The Macarena "At the end of the Wetland"
This proposal includes several walks through incredible natural corners located a few kilometers from the capital. La Macarena is immersed in the wetlands of Santa Lucia. These are characterized by being the only salt water wetlands in South America, the most extensive and important in Uruguay and thw wetlands that contain a high degree of biodiversity, including more than half of the species of birds of our country. Boat tours along the channels and beaches, jeep tours in the Criollo woods and a tour of the productive area with ​​more than 50,000 fruit trees are part of the options for visitors. An important aspect is that tours are offered for blind and disabled people.
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4. Planetarium
The planetarium of Montevideo “Agr. Germán Barbato" was opened on February 11, 1955, being the first in Latin America. In addition, the Spitz, its main projector, is the oldest in the world still in operation. There are regular visits to watch the stars, day or night, many of which have the honorary collaboration of amateur astronomers. The planetarium is a highly recommendable walk for star and planet fans. “Ciencia Viva” (Live Science), an active science museum, operates in the basement of the Planetarium. It opens its facilities between May and November. The activities of the planetarium are free in general.
Address: Gral. Rivera Avenue 3275.
Phone: 26229109
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5. Espacio Ciencia (Science Space)
This interactive science and technology museum belongs to the Uruguayan Technological Laboratory (LATU) and offers themed exhibitions on: Antarctica, Anthill, Respira Uruguay and others. It is open from July to November, with special hours during July holidays. The exhibitions are aimed at children of all ages under family supervision.
Address: Avda. Bologna between Avda. Italia and Maria Saldún
Hours: July to November, Mondays to Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. July holidays: every day from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Telephone: 26013724 int. 1170-1171
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6. Torres García Museum
The museum´s proposal is to understand and feel art from the perspective of the famous Uruguayan painter Joaquín Torres García, one of the great masters of Modern Art. Visitors can learn the fundamental concepts of his work through the senses, by playing. The activity takes place in the permanent room of the Torres García Museum, where oil paintings, drawings and the originals of the transformable toys made by the artist are exhibited. It is also possible to experiment with the facsimile reproductions of the artist's toys. What is so special about these toys? How do they work? What shapes are they made of? What do they share with other works by Torres? Can they teach us how to create? All this and more is part of the proposal that the museum has prepared for the little ones and their families. Visits need to be scheduled in advance.
Address: Peatonal Sarandí 683
Neighborhood: Ciudad vieja (Old City)
Schedule: Open all year from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone number: 2916 26 63 | 2915 65 44 | 2915 26 35
Description: Duration: 1 hour Price: $ 150 (Uruguayan pesos)
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7. Mechanical attractions of Parque Rodó
This amusement park in Montevideo is a classic for families with both small children and not so much. There are two entertainment areas with rides and several food options. One is located on Boulevard Artigas and 21 de Setiembre and gathers the attractions for smaller children: merry go rounds, auto rides, crazy cups rides, etc. and the other one is by the beach, Playa Ramírez. This last one, apart from attractions of similar characteristics, has more daring rides for teenagers such as The House of Terror, Flying Parasols, the Samba Rock Ride and a Ferris Wheel.
Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2.30 pm to 9 pm

8. Children's City
This is an entertainment center for the family where children and adults explore their creativity through symbolic games. It can be defined as a city on a scale of 2,500 m2, where the kids and their families can play and pretend to be what they want and even discover their vocation. Kids can be journalists, jewelers, gas station employees, models, artists, doctors, cameramen, firefighters, stylists, TV hosts, the roles to play are many and the best is that kids can try them all.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm to 7pm. + INFO

9. Paintball and Laser Shots in Montevideo
Shooting wars, whether it is paint or laser lights has become an international trend. In Montevideo there are several places to practice them, such as Area51, in the heart of Montevideo, which has 3 indoor paintball courts for children over 12 and a Laser Shot area for children over 6.
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10 - Puntogame
Escape Room is a new experience in the form of a real escape game, designed for groups of 2 to 5 players, for friends, family and businesses. Set in a time and place, your team has a mission to play. They will only need wits, skills, logics and team work. All the adrenaline and fun concentrate in just 60 minutes.
Address: Soriano 943 bis. Esq. W. F. Aldunate
Hours: Every day from 10 am to 10 pm, with prior arrangement.
Phone: (+ 598) 95 560 098
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"Golden Heritage of the Hum" is the name of a new tourist route that includes the towns of Paso de los Toros and San Gregorio in Tacuarembó.
Discover the original land of tonic water, the origin of many of the literary passages of Mario Benedetti, or contemplate the landscape of Rincón del Bonete dam. These are some of the offers by the picturesque town of Paso de los Toros.
In turn, San Gregorio contributes with the art of its murals and sculptures, the first Museum of Visual Arts in Latin America, and the MUHCAM museum, an old general store from the beginning of the 20th century transformed into a poetic relic, and its magical sunsets over the Rio Negro river.
Both destinations attract visitors to enjoy its cultural richness and the magnificent landscapes that adorn its territory.

Monday, 24 October 2016 18:04

Five keys to succeed on the dance floor.

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Like any other gathering of people sharing the same passion for a music genre, milongas have their own golden rules, which are worth knowing if you plan to enjoy the experience in full. Following are some of the most important ones:

  • 01Circulate on the outer perimeter of the dance floor and counter clockwise. The legend goes that in the old times, tango men feared being stabbed in the middle of the dance and they had to watch their backs. This way, they stayed alert and avoided being ambushed in the center of the dance floor.
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    Ser respetuoso con el espacio de baile del resto de los bailarines de la pista y no andar a los "ponchazos".

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    Be respectful of the dancing space of other dancers on the floor and avoid halts.

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    Dance the 4 tango pieces of the round and escort the lady to the table where she was when you asked her to dance.

  • 05 Tango classes are given before every milonga, where it is possible to learn tips that can be later applied on the dance floor. However, once you are on the dance floor, it is not appropriate to indicate another dancer what to do or to try to teach a move to another dancer.
Monday, 24 October 2016 17:55

Enjoy the countryside of Canelones

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Nature and the traditions of the countryside of Canelones are only a few kilometers away from Montevideo.
A group of rural establishments in the rural area of Canelones and Santa Lucia have gathered to show the everyday life of men and women working on the fields, growing the food served at the tables of many Uruguayans.
There is a group of local tourism offering innovative trails to show the diversity of agricultural production and family businesses by sharing their stories, culture and values.
Some proposals include lunch and tea, with a classical and traditional country style homemade menu that is worth a try.

The Senderos de Santa Lucía Group is formed by several farmers and producers that can be contacted to arrange the visits.

 

  • 01Hotifruticola Ruta 62 of FamilyFourcade - Marchissio.
    A family undertaking with strong ties to the countryside. They have different types of fruit trees such as plum, peach and apple trees and strawberries and several vegetables depending on the time of the year.
    Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Senderos Santa Lucía
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    Vinícola Filgueira (FilgueiraWinery).  This winery created at the beginning of the XX century is dedicated to the production of fine wine, which has received international awards on several occasions. The place offers tours to visit the vineyards, winery and cellar..

    03La Cabañita de la Familia Bentancour Fourcade. This is an ideal meeting point to enjoy a good “asado” (barbecued beef) and tasty afternoon snacks with friends and family. Everything has a familiar taste and is served in a charming ambiance..

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    El Canelón. Familia Perrone - Abreu. Set up at the location Canelón Grande on Road 64, ever since 1941 this establishment has been dedicated to horticulture and especially the production of garlic and sweet corn.  It has facilities for the supply of large areas and shops in general. This point provides another view of the production chain.

  • 05 Tambo La Fe de Manuel Gesto. (Dairy Farm). This is a long established dairy farm with vast experience in the field. Visitors can experience the milking activity and dairy production of things they usually have on their tables every day.

  • 06 La Pastora; la Familia Sambolino-Bustos. Dedicated to the rearing of sheep for milking purposes for the past 6 years, this undertaking offers another view of rural activities. The establishment also produces artisan cheese.   Once there, another interesting place to visit is the Jardín Temático (theme garden) of Mr. Niel Rodríguez, which has a great variety of native flora and covers an extension of different and carefully designed park styles.
    Contact:
            Cell phone: 099397804 – 091932745 - 099475515
            Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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