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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

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.
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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.
  • 02

    Ser respetuoso con el espacio de baile del resto de los bailarines de la pista y no andar a los "ponchazos".

  • 03

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

  • 04

    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.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:34

Visit the heroic city of Paysandu

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Between December 1864 and the first days of 1865, the city of Paysandu was besieged by General Venancio Flores, whose allies were Brazilian and Argentine soldiers and ships. The defense, organized by the Gral. Leandro Gomez, brought together about a thousand men, among whom there were several civilians and they precariously endured the bombing of the invading troops that had nearly 15,000 soldiers. This episode, not only gave the nickname of Heroic to the city of Paysandu, but it was also the preamble of one of the greatest tragedies of America: the Paraguayan War.
Camino de Leandro Gómez (The Way of Leandro Gomez) is an experiential proposal that takes visitors along emblematic sites and includes anecdotes and stories of this heroic feat.

Contact: Department of Tourism
Tel. (+598) 472 26220 Ext. 198
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 16:44

Traditional festivals

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Singing, improvised gaucho folk songs (‘payadas’), rodeo, campfires and country skills are at the heart of hundreds of traditional celebrations throughout the year. We invite you to discover them. The most representative rural traditions in Uruguay are displayed the length and breadth of the country in different celebrations and festivals which take place throughout the year.

Good examples of these festivals are the ‘Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha’ in Tacuarembó, the ‘Semana Criolla del Prado’ in Montevideo, and the ‘Criolla del Parque Roosevelt’ in Canelones, among many others.
Singing, music, ‘payadas’ (improvised gaucho folk songs), rodeo, riding, campfires and other country skills come together in these festivals which are a trademark of Uruguayan identity that cannot be left unexplored.
Uruguayan folk music has different manifestations and rhythms such as the ‘vidalita’, ‘milonga’, ‘payada’ and the ‘pericón’, which are always performed on the guitar. This musical instrument, introduced during the time of Spanish dominance, is an inseparable companion to the ‘criollo’ (local) traditional songbook and all ‘criollo’ forms of expression. In the same way, the accordion, with its enchanting cadence, has enriched our folk music.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

Culture and Heritage

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

Verdún Virgin Festival

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Following the initiative of Minas’ priest José De Luca, and coinciding with the date when the “33 Orientales” landed during their liberation campaign, at the place where Juan Antonio Lavalleja was born, a statue in honour of the Virgin Mary was unveiled in 1901. Mass is said three times during the day and worshipers ask for wishes to be granted and fulfil promises made to the Virgin while they present their offerings and pray to the Virgin to show their devotion. This practice has increased in the recent years. A six-coach train full of worshipers leaves from Montevideo to the ‘Cerro del Verdún’ (Verdún Hill), to visit the Virgin. At the foot of the hill there is a market where all kinds of items can be found, from prayer or saint cards and rosaries to ‘tortas fritas’ (traditional fried dough) and eucalyptus sticks used as walking sticks to aid the pilgrims on the three hundred and seventy metres way up the hill to the statue of the Virgin.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

San Isidro Labrador Celebration

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The population of Canelones consisted originally in immigrants from the Canary Islands willing to work the land as a means of subsistence. This is why the city of ‘Las Piedras’ was founded as ‘Villa San Isidro’, after the name of the Spanish Saint of farmers.
The celebration starts with a procession, led by the priest and the altar boys, followed by the statue of the Saint and the parishioners behind them. The children are dressed as farmers and carry baskets full of fruit and vegetables which are handed out from tractors and trailers with agricultural tools to the people taking part in the celebration. The procession ends with a mass in the square in front of the church.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

San Pancracio Celebration

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Pancracio, an honest, fourteen year old, Christian convert, had given away all his possessions to the poor. When the Roman Empire Emperor, Diocletian, heard about this, he summoned the young man to make him give up his beliefs, but he did not do so and was beheaded.
San Pancracio is nowadays known as the patron sSaint of jobs and health. In our country, thousands of followers attend the church on the corner of Inca and Pagola Streets in the Villa Muñoz district with food and clothes offerings for the poor.
An interesting fact is that the well-known food market on Inca Street is full of stalls selling non-perishable foods and competing with food offers, facilitating the purchase of the offerings by the devotees at very convenient prices.

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