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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.
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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.
+ Info Soriano I

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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Nuevo Berlín is one of the best access points to the Uruguay River's exuberant nature. Various islands can be seen from its shore and are an ideal spot for spotting indigenous fauna and flora.
It is possible to navigate the open-river in small boats and reach narrow creeks where the sights and sounds of nature envelop visitors.
Those who do not own a boat can rent them from fishermen who offer tours for groups of 2-6 people. These boats are a great option for people who love fishing, and the locals are a great source of advice for finding the best catch in the area.
The tours usually visit several areas like Polaco, Redonda, Filomena, Chileno, Roman, Burro, Naranjo, and Santa Marta Chica islands, among others.

This is a 9-hole course of par 71, with undulating topography and ample fairways surrounded by ancient native and foreign trees. It is also decorated with innumerable bushes and hedgerows that have been incorporated into the landscape throughout the years. One of the most interesting holes is the 6th, which is a par 5 hole of 556 yards and a wide fairway. A creek cuts across it from north to south about 150 yards away from the green.

 

Adress: Anglo Neighborhood - Fray Bentos
Telephone: (59856) 22 427 - Fax: (59853) 24 563.
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Construction: 1928
Designer: Dr. Allister Mackenzie.
Holes:

9- Ida 2.843 - Vuelta 2.963 - Total: 5.806 yds.

Found only in Uruguay, this species is a true phenomenon, to the point where catching a tararira is on many fishing enthusiasts to-do list, especially those from border countries like Brazil and Argentina. This intriguing fish lives in closed-off water environments, which are usually hard to navigate; it is incredibly sedentary and territorial, so it is necessary to throw caught specimens back into the water to protect the environment's equilibrium. An adult tararira can spend more than 20 minutes out of the water and return to it without trouble, as long as it is not hurt neurologically.

Season and Places
The Iridescent tararira season goes from the end of August to March or April, depending on the fall rains.
At the beginning of the season (August, September, and October), they can be found in smaller, shallow channels of water where the average temperature can reach the 18 ºC that the species needs to stir from its winter lethargy.
In streams such as the Salsipuedes Chico, the Tres Árboles, or the many others that flow into the Río Negro, fishermen can wade for 12 or 14 kilometers, fishing tarariras and returning them to the water, drinking delicious crystalline water straight from the source.

Fishing and Equipment
In order to fish for the Iridescent Tararira, one must get in touch with specialist guides who hold permits given to them by the owners of different areas. The fishing method during the early seasons is exclusively spin fishing, which is practiced on the clear banks of different streams, where it is possible to escape the suffocating heat and potentially dangerous insects.
Once November starts, the temperature of deeper channels rises to adequate levels and the iridescent adventure can expand into trolling methods, a type of fishing technique that allows one to discover the most exquisite corners of nature in the country, reaching the most distant water arteries. To practice trolling, 3 or 4 meter boats are needed for these small channels, with motors from 2.5 to 10 hp. Light equipment that can be stowed when avoiding rock slides is also required.
The Tararira is caught by throwing lures or spinning spoons that work under the surface of the water. The fish catch the decoy quickly with a violent attack soon after the lure hits the water. After the fish takes the bait, it quickly tries to swim to the riverbed, and, while trying to free itself, jumps out of water, displaying its slender body over the tranquility of the water’s surface. This is an unforgettable spectacle for fishing and nature lovers.
In order to minimize risks, it is best to use a small net when landing the fish, especially when fishing from a boat. Good fisherman will then put the animal back into the water, being careful not to hurt its gills.
For spinning, surface and mid-water lures that descend as far as 3 or 4 meters are used, depending on the fisherman's preference. Generally, lures that stay on the surface, such as sputters, plops, or jitters are used to wake and irritate the tararira, to later catch them with others that can descend into the water no less than 50 centimeters.
With the trolling method, lures that can descend up to 6 meters are used, as their main function is to work at river bed-level, where the largest tarariras dwell.
Fishing rods for both spinning and trolling are 7 feet, for 25-30 pounds.
For better handling while casting, ergonomic, centrifugal or magnetic reels with several breaks are recommended. Nylon 20 pound-lines should be used, or alternatively the new, lower-caliber but more resistant micro filament lines.
The tararira has a powerful bite, so the fisherman must have two pairs of pliers, a curved one for holding the fish by its mouth, and another with rounded ends that will help in removing the triple hooks of the lure without hurting the fish.