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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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            Cell phone: 099397804 – 091932745 - 099475515
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Las Piedras is considered the capital of grapes and wine for the number of tourist wineries gathered in the area. The city is known for the variety of attractions and events connected with the history of our country and wine growing. Las Piedras has museums, monuments, a horse track and soon, a shopping mall. In March, the city dresses up for the election of "the National Grape Harvest Queen."

 

Animals, botany, reptiles, and charming outdoor environments are part of the alternatives offered by La India, a Farm Zoo located 10 minutes from downtown Florida. An ideal place for family day opens Thursday to Sunday from 2pm to 8pm.
Location: José Pedro Varela. 3.700 km - La Macana - Florida.
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One of the most innovative proposals that Artigas offers is the Mining Safari, a guided tour of the quarries located in the region El Catalan, where geodes of amethysts and agates of international interest for their size and intense purple are extracted. Tools, training and safety equipment are provided for visitors who wish to experience collecting their own semiprecious stones. Back in the city, tourists can visit several workshops where raw stones undergo industrial processes and/or are crafted for trade.
The safari is about 5 hours long and covers around 150 kilometers along National Road 30 and scenic byways along the fields where the mines are. The journey is appropriate for tourists to be surprised by the flora and fauna of the area, visit quaint general stores and enjoy typical products..
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Carmelo, the only city founded by Jose Gervasio Artigas that is still standing, turned 200 years old this past February and remains fresh and renewed. Fall is an excellent time to rediscover it.
The city offers a wide range of hotels, including Hyatt's five-star facility which covers 300 hectares for enjoyment, featuring pools, restaurants, a golf course and a polo club, among other services.
Tourists also find other ideal sites for relaxation and the enjoyment of typical cuisine such as the Narbona Wine Lodge, the Campo Tinto Inn and the general store, Almacen de la Capilla.
Because of its proximity to Buenos Aires and its striking cultural and landscape qualities such as beautiful beaches on the Rio de la Plata, natural sailing conditions and relevant heritage values, the city of Carmelo has become a major tourist destination in the recent years.
One of the city's interesting aspects is its urban design. Carmelo is built on the two banks of a stream of water called Arroyo de las Vacas, and the only land connection between them is its emblematic Puente Giratorio (swing bridge), which is the most characteristic feature of the city. This is a great piece of engineering with over 100 years of history that allows the passage of large vessels by manual rotation. The bridge is the only human-powered swing bridge in all South America.
Another landmark of the city are the Jesuit ruins located on the Belen farm, known as the Calera de las Huerfanas; and the rural establishment of Narbona, the oldest building in Uruguay preserved in its original lines.
Next to the bridge, the city boasts the beautiful promenade Rambla de los Constitutyentes and the Carmelo Rowing Club, one of the most traditional institutions in this small city. From there, a singular tree-lined path leads to the yacht berth, and the quiet and cozy beach of Sere.

History

  • Carmelo: Founded by Jose Gervasio ArtigasAbrir o Cerrar

    Carmelo's history dates back to 1527, when Sebastian Cabotto at the mouth of Arroyo Las Vacas founded the first Hispanic fortification of the Rio de la Plata, called San Lazaro. Back in 1816, Gral. José Gervasio Artigas ordered the transfer of the village Pueblo las Viboras to Arroyo las Vacas, and this is why Carmelo is proud to have been founded by the national hero.
    There were several milestones in the city's process of creation, among which the main highlights were the arrival of the first settlers from Buenos Aires in 1708; the implementation of the British slave quarters in 1716; and the setting up of Estancia de Marques, around 1729, to supply goods to the city of Buenos Aires.

     

¡Not to miss!

Estancia Narbona (Narbona Wine Lodge).

This site founded in 1738 by Juan de Narbona has spacious and sumptuous rooms, a viewpoint and even a chapel where the Virgin of Candelaria stands.

Sports marina.

This is the second largest sports marina in the country for its mooring capacity, and the first in the Department of Colonia. The area is known for its several productive developments.

The swing bridge.

This unique engineering work crosses the stream of water Arroyo Las Vacas and it is the only human-powered swing bridge in South America.

Calera de las Huerfanas.

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1741. The farm had a carpentry a loom room and a place for iron works. It was operational until 1767 when Jesuits were expelled and the farm passed into the hands of Juan de San Martin, father of the Argentine Liberator.

Nature, gastronomy, gold and precious stones, this is the slogan of a new tourist proposal to enjoy the northern part of the country, visiting several towns like Valle del Lunarejo, Minas de Corrales, El Catalan and the cities of Rivera and Artigas.
The proposal is very diverse and depending on the visitor it can include ecotours in the protected area of Valle del Lunarejo, guided winery tours, exploring of the quarries of gold and precious stones, urban city tours and shopping, as well as a chance to taste the distinctive border cuisine.
One of the most innovative proposals is the Mining Safari, a guided tour of the quarries located in the region of El Catalan in Artigas, where geodes of amethysts and agates of international interest for their size and intense purple are extracted. Tools, training and safety equipment are provided for visitors who wish to experience collecting their own semiprecious stones. Back in the city, tourists can visit several workshops where raw stones undergo industrial processes and/or are crafted for trade.
The safari is about 5 hours long and covers around 150 kilometers along National Road 30 and scenic byways in the fields where the mines are. The journey is appropriate for tourists to be surprised by the flora and fauna of the area, visit quaint general stores and enjoy typical products.
Another must-do in the fall, are eco-tours in the Natural Park of Valle Lunarejo, a part of the National System of Protected Areas. The climb to Cerro Del Caudillo, the Paredones Circuit, or the Cueva del Indio trail are great alternatives to admire the diverse landscape of the area.

 

¡Not to miss!

Piedra Pintada (The Painted Rock).

It is a striking and unique sandstone rock in the region, 19 meters high, located 17 kilometers from the city of Artigas. Piedra Pintada is surrounded by native forests, ideal for a day outdoors. The area has a camping site, a swimming pool, barbecue facilities and a hostel.

Duty Free Shops.

The duty-free shops in the border area are a great commercial attraction for foreign visitors, where they can access high quality products at very reasonable prices.

 

 

This town of just over 350 inhabitants, located on the Uruguay River about 15 kilometers from the city of Paysandu, is no ordinary village. It emerged in 1806 as a result of the oldest beef processing plant set up in South America.
Surrounded by a beautiful natural setting, the houses retain the appearance of the mid-nineteenth century. Among them are La Casona de los CuatroVientos (House of the Four Winds) (1862), La Pulperia (the General Store) (1860) and the Santa Ana Chapel (1886), a contemporary of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario and San Benito of Palermo, located in the city of Paysandu.
In February 2015, this was the venue for the first edition of the Fiesta del Reencuentro y la Vaca (the Cow and Reunion Festival), where the first monument to this emblematic animal was erected, and three time capsules were buried. Our recommendation to those visiting this destination is to contact local guides to explore the historic buildings of the town and enjoy water sports and fishing

Región Este

Paradise-like beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, protected areas ideal for practicing ecotourism and old farmhouses to live the life of the gaucho make this a must-see region.

Región Metropolitana

 

An area to taste the best Uruguayan wines, discover magical rural establishments within walking distance of major cities and be seduced by the kindness and beauty of Montevideo, the capital.

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