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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
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            Facebook: Senderos Santa Lucía
     

Clean sand coasts with small coves rounded off by rocky points, surrounded by the Río de la Plata.
From the Pando river mouth to the Solis Stream, breaking points commonly face the S or SE, and are able to be surfed in optimal conditions, with clean swells coming from S and SE and winds coming from N and NW.
Waves here generally do not exceed a meter in height, although a few times year some beaches may witness waves of 1.5 meters, ideal for beginner level surfers. In this area, sandbanks are more consistent during the summer months, due to strong spring winds from N and NE forming sand banks which the winter’s S, SW winds, also known as the pamperos, then remove.
The most-frequented beaches are Atlántida, Santa Lucía del Este, and Jaureguiberry or the Solís' river mouth, but there are also plenty of other spots alongside this 70 kilometer stretch that are good for practicing sports and relaxing.

This course is located only five minutes away from Carrasco International Airport, and only thirty minutes from the capital's commercial and financial center. This course has a unique design, in which each of the 18 holes snakes between residences whosegardens overlook the course, allowing the player to enjoy changing scenery. The course has all the services: practice fields, electric carts, caddies, club rental, and a restaurant.

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Adress: Cno. de Los Horneros 4440.
Telephone: (59837) 684 00 04
Web Site: www.latahona.com.uy
Construction: 1996
Designer: Jorge Armas - Enrique Muñoz
Holes: Par 71 Ida: 3.244 yds. - Vuelta: 3.260 yds. - Total: 6.504 yds

This is a species emblematic of the River Plate Estuary and, while shore-casting can give good results, it is best caught from a boat. The white croaker has a special antagonistic behavior that manifests in violently seeking the seabed after taking the bait. Average adult specimens weigh in at 3 kilos, however larger ones are known to swim near Cuchilla Alta and Montevideo.

Season and Places
The white croaker has the longest season for fishing, practically all-year round. It is in Montevideo where larger croakers can be found, which helps keep the hundreds of small sport fishing club boats busy the whole year round.
There is a volcanic formation in Cuchilla Alta in Canelones called “Bajos del Solís”, where large croakers can also be found.
The croaker is also commonly found in José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Piriápolis, and Atlántida.

 

Going after the Black Drum, the biggest trophy of the Uruguayan coast
Due of its size, fighting attitude, and the length of its high season, the black drum is the king of competitive coastal fishing in Uruguay.
The shoals of black drum are populated by specimens similar in size, allowing catches averaging 10 kilograms at the beginning of the season, and over 20 kilograms towards the middle or end of the season.

Season and Places
From September/October, with the arrival of the first shoals, to the beginning of fall (April), when southern winds start to cool the water down, decreasing salt-levels and increasing sedimentation. Depending on the season, the black drum can be found from the Rocha sand bank and San Ignacio Ponds (where they swim no more than 40 or 50 meters away from shore), to the Maldonado Stream bank (a place that demands casting lines longer than 100 meters). Younger specimens first appear in the shores of Canelones and Montevideo.

Fishind and Equipment

Patience is the name of the game, with the rod resting on a support until the fish strikes. This is distinguished by a violent dip. Once the animal is hooked, it is normal to spend between 20 and 30 minutes reeling it in completely, in an adrenaline-filled battle with nature.
This type of fishing is the most physically demanding due to the long casting distances required and the use of heavy cone- or pyramid-shaped weights (140 grams to 250 grams, depending on sea conditions). It is recommended to use ‘heavy’ equipment, with rods between 3.9 and 4.2 meters capable of casting weights of up to 200 or 300 grams, together with rotating reels with 25-pound lines.

Flounder fishing is surely the most sophisticated on a technical level, not only because of the methodology and style that the species requires, but also because of the size of the animal. This, added to the fact that the species resides practically on the shore, requires fishermen to casts distances of between 20 and 40 meters.

Season and Places
This species is present all year,  however the season of highest activity is between November and February or March. The first fish start to bite in November on the coast of the Solís Grande River, with some in the surrounding rivers and ponds that flow into the coast of Canelones, Maldonado, and Rocha.
Later, in December, January, and February, the best flounder fishing is in the Ensenada del Potrero, an area that goes from the Potrero River’s sandbank to Punta Negra, where small, coastal fishing boats are used.
Once the season is almost over, heavier rains force open the sandbanks of the Rocha, Garzón, and José Ignacio lagoons and the El Potrero River, giving fishermen a last and important opportunity to catch large founders.

Fishing and Equipment

The flounder’s bite can be noticed by a soft tap in the reel, which indicates the fish has caught the bait. The fisherman must wait patiently for about 4 seconds while the fish swallows the bait, and then hold on tightly.
This is the only fish on the maritime coast that must be caught using the spinning technique with natural bait, which is why flounder fishing is appreciated from a sports/technical point of view. The flounder's flat shape presents a harsh battle on the shore, where water depth is only a few centimeters and the incoming waves make it difficult for the fisherman to keep the fish hooked.
Nature provided the flounder with a large mouth, so it must be caught with large, natural baits, such as pieces of silverside fish or several shrimp, averaging 15 centimeters in length. It is the only species that must not be caught using a “waiting” technique; on the contrary, the fisherman must look for the fish by casting and recasting their reel constantly, given that the flounder does not hunt by swimming after its pray, but by lurking and camouflaging itself in the sand. Hence, the bait must “swim” by the place where it is waiting.
Medium-action rods, of 2.8 to 3 meters, that hold up to 25 pounds, with rotating reels that can hold up to 100 meters of monofilament line of 0.40 mm are best. These are precautions to lighten the equipment, because flounder fishing forces the fisherman to always hold the rod in their hands.

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.

With its hotels and rich offer in gastronomy, Durazno is part of the “5 Senses Route” program, along with the departments of Montevideo, Canelones, and Florida. The drive along the 5 Senses Route was originally proposal to develop tourism along 180 kilometers involving the capital cities of the aforementioned departments. For the first time an organized interdepartmental effort was made to establish Route 5 as piece of our national identity and example of a shared project. Farms, bodegas, vineyards, cheese shops, apiaries, hotels, ranches for tourists, and lodges are all part of the 5 Senses Route program. At every stop, well rounded and traditional services are offered that make up this original experience in gastronomy, culture and leisure. The Route is recommended for people of all ages, and its tours can be adapted for families, groups, and also individual travelers, nationals or foreigners.
The recommended stops of the Route in Durazno are El Nazareno Hotel, Hotel del Country, El Silencio Inn/Ranch, and the Pan y Vino Restaurant.
Recommended in the neighboring departments: Bouza Bodega, Rincón del Sol Farm and the Moizo Farm in Montevideo; Bella Vista Cabin, Juanicó Establishment, Bartora Bodega, Frambuesalandia, Hotel Oriental and Casa Filgueria Bodega in Canelones; M. Brancaccio Apiary, El Ceibo Ranch and Inn, Sueño Alto Ranch and Santa Rita Apiary (La Comarca County House) in Florida.

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Telephone: (+598) 43620176

 

 

Reminiscent of an Canelones vacation spot from years ago, and sometimes called the tourism capital of the department, Atlantida is located in the “Costa de Oro” resort area, which lies on the Interbalnearia Route “Liber Seregni”, about 45 kilometers away from the national capital. The town was founded in 1911 – officially becoming a city in 1967 – making it one of the oldest resort towns in Uruguay. It boasts heavy vegetation of native and foreign species over hills of stunning beauty, and quaint houses in front of the sea.

 
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     Plaza de los fundadores. (Founding father's square). The square was designed by the architect Juan Jose Casal (1931-2008) and inaugurated in 1971 as a monument to the town's forefathers, who dreamed of a great resort town over a century ago. In 1911, entrepreneurs, medical students and doctors founded the Territorial Uruguaya S.A. Society, and began development and plot division of pieces of land purchased for later sale. The center of the square holds a fountain made out of concrete plaques, each level representing different names the area has held during its history: Ensenada Santa Rosa, Las Toscas beach, the “Doctors' Resort”, and, finally, Atlántida.
    During the Centennial celebrations in the city, another monument containing a stainless steel, hermetically closed Time Capsule was erected, where messages written by scholars are kept, along with historical photographs and current documents that constitute a valuable legacy for upcoming generations. The capsule will be opened after 50 years, in the year 2061. Address: Gral. Artigas Avenue by República del Paraguay Street.


    02 Historic remains. Entering from the Tomas Berreta Rambla (Ocean-side avenue), between Roger Ballet Street and República del Paraguay Street, visitors can visit the old section of the town, a tourist and cultural circuit centered on the historical ocean avenue of the town. The first constructions date back to 1912. Common elements in these buildings are Normandy-style tiled roofs, a mid-point arch in windows made of brick or lintel rock, and old gardens exhibiting statues and fountains, all of which were popular at the time. The tour takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century in Uruguay, walking through araucaria and palm-tree-lined paths and splendid mansions that recreate the European Belle Epoque.
    Address: Tomas Berreta Rambla between Roger Ballet Street and Diagonal Sur Street.
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    Planeta Building. If one continues on the Tomas Berreta Rambla, we find the “El Planeta” building, declared a National Historical Monument in 2005. Its owner was Natalio Michelizzo (1896-1953), an Italian businessman living in Argentina, and he was the driving force behind various projects in Atlántida, such as its first Casino, and the restoration of what was, as the time, the largest golf course in South America. El Planeta was inaugurated as a luxury hotel in 1937 under the name of “Planeta Palace”, and hosted Argentinean celebrities of the time, such as Luis Sandrini, Mirtha Legrand, Hugo del Carril, and Zully Moreno, among others. The building is four stories plus a ground floor and basement. A brightly-lit double Carrara marble staircase connects the first floor with higher stories.
    Address: Rambla by 22nd Street.

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    El Águila. (The Eagle). If one wishes to continue the tour to the resort town of Villa Argentina, you will eventually run into the “Eagle” lookout, originally conceived by the visionary Natalio Michelizzi. It was originally named “La Quimera” (the chimera) and its exact construction dates are still disputed. Some testimonies pinpoint the lookout's construction to 1945, during the months following the end of the Second World War. Other versions claim it was built before, shortly after the “El Barranco” house, also a Michelizzi property, was finished, during the feverish and tense political environment the world went through before the war. In the late 30s, the Italian businessman asked for local constructor Juan Torres's help while building a house in Villa Argentina called “El Barranco.” Later, in the house's grounds, the constructor built (at his boss' instruction) a small room with a hipped roof unaided by any blueprint. Over this construction, Torres built a second story in the shape of an eagle’s head. Finally, Torres built a third story, a lookout that resembles a ship's bow, rounded off with the head of a swordfish or dolphin. The building was located in a forest clearing and could only be accessed by the owner's inner circle, which added to the many urban legends that surround the place, since its original purpose remains a mystery. The “Eagle” was abandoned for years, until it was restored and reopened in 2003.
    Address: 1st by 3rd Streets, Villa Argentina (KM 44 of the Interbalnearia Route).
    Available bus lines from Montevideo: 710, 222, C4 (Parque del Plata), 711 (La Floresta), 713 (Santa Ana or Jaureguiberry).

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    Cristo Obrero Parrish. Another stop while touring the town is the Church of Christ the Worker, declared a National Monument and American Heritage site. It was built by engineer Eadio Dieste (1917-2000) between the months of March 1958 and July 1960. Dieste's work is distinguishable by domed constructions, curved surfaces, the use of reinforced ceramics, brick plates, steel frames, and minimal cement. The Christ the Worker has surprising round, brick walls that hold up the main dome without any columns. Inside, it is dimly lit by natural light, and a mystical ambiance invites visitors to contemplate the figure of Christ whittled in wood by Eduardo Díaz Yepes (1910-1978), which holds a privileged place in this holy space.
    Location: Estación Atlántida, Roue 11, KM 156.
    Bus lines from Montevideo: C5 (Estación Atlántida), 710 ( Estación Atlántida)
    Bus lines from Atlántida: Satt Bus (Estación Atlántida), 754 (Pando) Zeballos Bus (Santa Lucía or Canelones).

  • TOUR INFORMATION:
    Vehicle: car
    Duration: 2 hours
    Seasons: spring, summer, autumn
    Target audience: individuals, families, couples, and groups
    Region: South
    Department: Canelones