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Visit Minas de Corrales (Corrales Mines) and discover its gold mining tradition

Minas de Corrales -96 km from the city of Rivera and 60km from the city of Tacuarembó -attracts visitors due to its history, natural features and distinctive identity traits.
The town’s uniqueness stems from the combination of small-town traditions and the nature of the mining industry. The sight of locals on horseback riding by mining company-owned special vehicles evidences a striking contrast between the traditional and the modern.

Along the length of the median strip on Minas de Corrales’s main street, Avenida Dr Davison, there are various 19th Century local mining artifacts on display.
The beauty of Cerros Miriñaque and Vigilante (Miriñaque and Vigilante Hills) is also bound to catch the visitor’s eye. From the top, varieties of dwarf palm trees that only grow in this region can be spotted.

The San Gregorio Mining Company, just 5 km from the center of Minas de Corrales, is a mandatory stop for those interested in mining activities. We are talking about Uruguay’s largest gold mining company.
Also, there are galleries of former mining operations on the banks of Corrales creek. The cool, damp, dark setting will give you an idea of how hard life was like for miners in the past.

Minas de Corrales also features the Gold Museum, a space which houses an exhibition on the different aspects of the gold extraction process and the history of its founder, Don Tito Pereira.


Do not miss it!

The Cuñapirú dam ruins

A remarkable enterprise, whose construction began in 1866, driven by the Spanish engineer Clemente Barrial, who envisioned a buoyant mining industry and fervently believed in the gold rush.

The Gold Museum

A space dedicated to showcasing the stages and importance of the gold extraction process and the history of its founder, Don Tito Pereira.

Cerros Miriñaque and Vigilante (Miriñaque and Vigilante hills)

From the top of these hills, it is possible to see varieties of dwarf palm trees. The Cuñapirú, Del Medio and Gerónimo hills are also iconic landmarks of the northern Uruguayan landscape.

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Santa Teresa, great tubes in sight

During the low season, one can practically surf alone. This is a beach well-frequented by Brazilians, especially during carnival season.

Pesqueros de Playa Grande

This is one of the most consistent beaches in the area and receives swells from the E and S, bringing in high-quality waves. Swells coming from the east break left off the rocks, opening up towards the middle of the beach resulting in long tube waves that stretch for over 100 meters. Sea conditions permitting, we recommend surfers stay away from the rocks since going around the sandbank can be quite difficult with waves reaching up to a meter and a half in height. This can produce some dangerous currents for casual beach goers considering this is the only beach in the area that does not have active lifeguards on duty. The southern swells break fiercely to the mid-right, and if the bank is good and with a little luck there can be some really good waves coming your way.

El Barco

With large swells southbound and winds from SW, El Barco can have very good waves. This is a good option when the tide is high and other beaches are inaccessible. Waves coming from the east also create good conditions at this beach.

La Moza Beach

Some of the best waves in the country can be found here when the tide is high. This beach faces the S and SE. We can find long, right-banking waves that can break 300 meters from the rocks. The water pours in where when they connect with the La Mocita rocks and waves can stretch for more than 500 meters. Waves reach heights of 2.5 meters to absolute perfection. Getting in position can be an exercise that requires patience as swells constantly pump making it difficult for  surfers to make it to the rocky points. The alternative is to wait between sets and not hesitate to make your move as a slip up at this point can be dangerous. Or lastly, you can enter the water near Achiras, which is a longer paddle, but a safer one.

Five keys to succeed on the dance floor

Just 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 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 back. This way, they stayed alert and avoided being ambushed in the center of the dance floor.
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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 she was before when you asked her to dance.

  • 04

    Avoid talking during the dance. There is a common belief that says tango is a conversation in silence, for about 3 minutes, in this respect, it is key to let yourself go with the music.

  • 05Tango 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.
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Going dancing to "milongas" in Montevideo

Tango is one of the most genuine and original cultural expressions in the Rio de la Plata, and Montevideo offers enchanting surroundings to get carried away by the rhythm of its music.
Any day of the week is fine to get inspired by the 2 by 4 rhythm in picturesque and diverse milongas in the capital.
How can we define these magical encounters of Montevideo´s night life?
A Milonga is a space dedicated specifically to the tango dance; the meeting place of "milongueros" (milonga dancers), amateurs or tango dancers, to express their passion and enjoyment for the dance.
Gustavo Bello, a dancer and teacher of tango, defines it as "a privileged place to do some dance moves, enjoy and dance, but also to share an embrace and a common feeling for the genre."
Milongas usually gather friends and acquaintances who share the same passion for tango, but also receive tourists from all over the world who are curious to experience tango on their own shoes or simply to sit and watch the dance.
In Montevideo, there are milongas of different styles and sizes. For example, on Wednesdays you can visit Museo del Vino, framed in an intimate setting characterized by sculptures, old wine demijohns and warm lighting.
Thursdays is Ché Madam, this milonga offers a dance floor and the most typical Uruguayan dishes. It is one of the few milonga options where besides enjoying the tango dance it is possible to sit down for dinner.
JovenTango, on the other hand, is usually recognized by dancers and teachers as "the institution" in the matter. Born in 1977, this cultural place aims to study, cultivate and promote the musical genre born in the Rio de la Plata. Its diverse milonga proposals are framed within a space of wide tradition as the "Mercado de la Abundancia" (Market of Abundance).
Dance lovers often praise the place´s extensive curupai hardwood floors of more than 180 square meters.
Although milongas there take place practically every day of the week - Mondays: La Lunera; Tuesdays: La Yapa -, the busiest day of the week is usually Friday, when sometimes there are more than 200 couples on the dance floor.
Another milonga of great tradition is Vieja Viola at the Ensueño Room on Saturdays. Its acclaimed dance floor has been visited by champions from all over the world.
Uruguayans have their own codes when it comes to milonga. For example, to invite someone to dance, we go to their table and it is common to see women taking the initiative. In Argentina, however, it is usually the gentlemen who ask ladies to dance and they do it with a nod of their heads, while the women wait attentively for their gestures of invitation.

Milongas every night

  • 01Monday. "LaLunera". Location: Aquiles Lanza 1290 and San Jose. Tel. 29015561 Facebook: JovenTango 
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    Tuesday. "Lo de Margot." Location: Constituyente 1812, between Gaboto and Yaro. Tel. 24106230. Facebook: LodeMargot.

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    Wednesday. "Museo del Vino" Location: Maldonado 1150. 29083430. Website: Museodel Vino. Sitio web: MuseodelVino.
    "La Callejera". Location: Plaza Líber Seregni. From October to May 1st. Facebook: "Milonga Callejera"(Street tango dancing). Facebook: "Milonga Callejera"

  • 05 Friday. "JovenTango" Location: Aquiles Lanza 1290 at San Jose. Facebook: JovenTango. Facebook: JovenTango.
  • 06  Saturday. "Lo de Margot" Location: Constituyente 1812, between Gaboto and Yaro. Tel. 24106230. Facebook: LodeMargot.
    "Vieja Viola". Location: Paysandú 1639 at Minas . Facebook: Vieja Viola

Important: Milonga schedules can change so we recommend contacting your organizers. Visit Milongashoy fan page for all the highlights each week.

Punta del Este luxory -2018

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.

Five keys to succeed on the dance floor.

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.
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