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Tango corners worth a visit in the centennial of La Cumparsita

The first chords of the anthem of Tangos are heard more than ever on the streets of Montevideo. The "Chan, chan, chan, chan" resonates in the most diverse places from the old radio of an old coffee shop in Montevideo, a ringtone on a cell phone, the whistle of the bus driver or the answering machine of a state entity.
No one escapes the spell cast by La Cumparsita, much less in 2017: the 100th anniversary of its premiere. The centennial is conducive to discover and get carried away by tango; this expression from the River Plate, which in Uruguay is experienced in a special way. Following are some of the proposals to be surprised by the 2x4 rhythm on Uruguayan soil.

1- Going to milongas Montevideo style
Every night the capital offers charming surroundings of different styles and sizes to be carried away by the rhythm of the 2x4. The so-called "milongas" are places designed for the meeting of amateurs or tango dancers, who share their passion and enjoy tango on the dance floor.

2- Visit La Cumparsita Museum
The new museum, which opened this past December, is located in one of the most emblematic buildings of the capital: Palacio Salvo, precisely on the same grounds where the tango anthem was heard for the first time back in 1917.
Tours for tourists are organized every day led by local guides who tell visitors the stories and tales of mythical tango. The guided tour costs $ 150 and includes a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, depending on the time of the day and the preference of the tourists.
Visitors can also go to dinner shows featuring a welcoming drink, starter, main course, dessert and two shows; one is a dance and the other is a radio drama accompanied by a live bandoneonist. This proposal runs from Friday to Sunday and the cost is US$ 90 per person and requires prior reservation.

3 - Listen to "La Cumparsita" in a café in the capital.
The downtown area and the old city, as Montevideans call it, are full of bars that have witnessed stories which are part of our history. Café Bacacay, Fun Fun, Café Brasilero, Tasende and Roldos are just some of the examples visitors cannot miss.

4- Have a picture taken at the sculpture of Carlos Gardel at Facal Bar.
On 18th of July Avenue, the principal avenue in the city, right at the entrance of Facal Bar, there is this nice sculpture of Carlos Gardel, also called "the magician". Pictures of visitors embracing the statue have become a classic souvenir. Besides, gastronomic critics say this is also a great spot to try a delicious "Chivito" (beef sandwich), one of the most traditional dishes of Uruguay.

5- Enjoy two exhibitions related La Cumparsita
As of February, the Museum of the General Authors' Association of Uruguay (Agadu) will hold an exhibition on Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, which will be open all year round from Monday to Friday, with photographs, personal objects and documents of the author. In turn, as of April 19, the Montevideo Photography Center will open a photographic exhibition of the author in the Open Sky Gallery of Parque Rodó. Both proposals are free of charge.
However, tango is present not only in the capital, Montevideo. The rest of the country also offers corners to experience and enjoy the passion of this cultural expression. For those who are willing to travel a few miles we suggest the following :

6 - Visit the Carlos Gardel Museum
This museum is part of the Municipality of Tacuarembó and is located in an old grocery store in Valle Eden, where Carlos Gardel would have performed as a young artist. The museum displays several documents which base the version of Gardel´s origin in Tacuarembo and its consequent Uruguayan nationality. According to these sources, the singer was born on a farm called 'Santa Blanca', located in the town of Valle Eden.
Address: Ituzaingó 364 Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture), Valle Edén. Department of Tacuarembó
Phone: (598) 46323520- mobile 30

7- Esapcio Cultural y Museo Julio Sosa (Museum and cultural center)
Created in honor of Julio Sosa, called the "Tango Man" who was born in Las Piedras (Canelones), this cultural space located at the Horse Track in the city of Las Piedras offers samples and exhibitions of the culture of the city.
Address: Hipódromo de las Piedras. Avenida Bicentenario S / N - Las Piedras. Canelones. Phone number: (00) 598 23666703 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8- Go to the Festival "Vení a cantarle a Gardel” (Come and Sing out to Gardel)
The twentieth edition of the National Contest "Vení a cantarle a Gardel" will be held between December 8th and 10th in Tacuarembó and this year gathers special shows and artists to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the famous singer.

9- Be part of the activities of Dia del Patrimonio (Heritage Day)
In 2017 La Cumparsita will be the central theme of the National Heritage Day, which takes place the first weekend of October. A myriad of proposals and activities throughout the country will revolve around the tango anthem.

Visit the museum of La Cumparsita at the bottom of the mythical Palacio Salvo building.

The Anthem of Tangos composed by Uruguayan artist, Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, has a new cultural space. The museum is open every day from 9 am to 4:30 pm on the ground floor of Palacio Salvo building, which at the beginning of the 20th century housed a coffee shop named La Giralda where La Cumparsita was heard for the first time, performed by the quartet led by Roberto Firpo, a musician with vast experience at the time.
This cultural space, which opened in December 1916, offers tours with local guides who tell visitors the stories and tales of the place from the early days. The guided tour is $150 and includes a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, depending on the time of the day and the preference of visitors.
The inside walls and the surroundings are covered by records with the first edition of La Cumparsita, old victrolas and an infinity of documents from the time.
This cultural space also offers dinner shows featuring a welcome drink, a starter, a main course, dessert and two shows; one is a dance and the other is a radio drama accompanied by a live bandoneonist. This proposal runs from Friday to Sunday and the cost is US$ 90 per person and requires prior reservation.
Visitors can also choose from different souvenirs to take home or try the wines, two special editions, which bear the label of the most famous tango in the world.

A fresh look
One striking aspect is that the creators of the museum do not come from the Montevideo tango movement. Their inspiration came directly from their contact with the place. "When we walked into the room and we saw the plans of the distribution of the mythical Giralda and we compared them with the place where the Salvo stands today, there was as a sort of immediate connection with the idea. It was a revelation. Besides, the Palacio Salvo building has a particular magic that catches you ", says the director of the museum, Ms.Monica Kaphammel.

WHAT TO SEE?

Instructions with decorum
A poster shows the transformation of tango, which in the beginning was linked to the masculine environment and night life, and gradually won the acceptance of the rest of society. This poster is a picturesque list of instructions dedicated to housewives, which teaches them to dance tango with a style much less daring than that used in the brothels of the time.

Ironic notes
A cartoon made by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez himself, mocks the bad reputation of his tangos in the early twentieth century. "If cheap music is the music of your choice, here is a tango by Matos Rodríguez," reads the irony written on an improvised illustration of his own authorship.

Old Victrolas
The museum exhibits two old victrola phonographs that are still in operation; a home version and one for the ball room. Visitors are surprised to hear their unique sound without having to resort to electricity.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Palacio Salvo, Plaza Independencia 848.
Telephone numbers: (00598) 2900 1264.
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Punta del Este: family option

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.
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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

Dive into the first crystalline lagoon in Uruguay

Diving into a crystal clear saltwater lagoon and enjoying various water attractions for the family are some of the new proposals that Punta del Este has to offer to visitors this summer 2017. Located in the Solanas complex, at kilometer 118.500 of the Interbalnearia Route, more precisely, in the beach resort of Portezuelo, the first crystal lagoon in Uruguay opened in early January this year. The innovative initiative called Solanas Cristal Beach, emerged within the framework of the 40th Anniversary of Solanas Holiday Club and required an investment of 14 million dollars. This aquatic paradise offers the ideal conditions for recreation, swimming and water sports and it is the perfect place for relaxation surrounded by nature. It has an area of 5 hectares, includes 3 white sand beaches with loungers and services, two bars, a pedestrian path, and a children's pool with a pirate ship and slides. The place offers several activities to kids and adults such as hydro gym classes, rhythm gym, yoga, pilates, water sports school and games, children's shows, musical shows, a live DJ, water games, stand paddel, family and individual pedal boats, Catamaran trips, kayaks, and the big ball, among other proposals. Solanas Crystal Beach stands out for being sustainable and friendly with the environment, as it allows the rational use of scarce resources such as energy and water. For example, its innovative technology uses 100 times fewer products than conventional swimming pools and consumes only 2% of the energy required by traditional filter systems. This complies with the most demanding international standards of water quality. For now, the new artificial lagoon is only available to members of the holiday club but next season it is projected to be open to the public. For more information go to www.solanasvacation.com.ar

Five sightseeing river tours at the Corredor de los Pajaros Pintados

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.
Contact:
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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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Visit San Gregorio and Paso de los Toros in the same trip

"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.

La Barra

An old fishing village, located just a few kilometers from Punta del Este, Barra de Maldonado has become one of the favorite places for tourists of all ages. Characterized by its style, its seascape with beautiful beaches, the colorful architecture of its houses, the permanent movement of art galleries, antique shops and the flea market. The town boasts restaurants of different styles, pubs and discos that attract young people to its streets in search of fun and turn the night into something special.
Puente de la Barra (the bridge), which enables to cross Arroyo Maldonado (Maldonado Crrek) is one of the major symbols of the region and tourism in Uruguay. It was built in 1965 and its second section was finished in 1999 to decongest traffic.

Punta del Diablo

This beach spot in Rocha is ideal for family holidays. Its beaches cater both for relaxation and recreation, as well as fishing or the most varied water sports. La Pedrera is located at km 227,200 of route 10, Juan Diaz de Solís, a little further east of the Cape of Santa Maria, on a narrow and small peninsula called Punta Rubia. It is a small place with excellent accommodation infrastructure. For its peculiarities it has a strong exclusive and cosmopolitan character.


Its main beach is usually known as the Desplayado and is a great center of attraction during the summer months. On the south beach, visitors can see the last vestiges of the fishing vessel Cathay, stranded in 1971. Further south the Barrancas de la Pedrera offer the walker an amazing combination of nature’s textures and colors.


The Social Club is located on the main street of La Pedrera, as well as its Church, the craft market, several boutiques, and a variety of small shops and restaurants that provide warmth and services for an unforgettable stay.
La Rambla is the perfect place to share a fascinating full moon landscape or to observe the incredible procession of the free whales in the winter months.

Whale-watching

Boats leave from the port of Piriapolis every weekend to embark on whale watching. The boat rides are one hour long and cost approximately $400 and $200 for children under the age of ten. Although whales are not always visible, visitors often find penguins, turtles, albatrosses and petrels apart from the ever present sea wolves and sea gulls.
Another alternative for this boat rides is to embark at the port of Punta del Este. The Company registered at the Ministry of Tourism for these rides is Nautical Events, which also organizes special tours for groups upon previous arrangement.

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Marindia

It is a resort located at kilometer 39 of Interbalneria Road. The beach with its rugged environment hosts at the end of every January the Latin American Meeting of Sand Sculptures; "Sand Castles". The event takes place at the main beach and has the participation of premier sculptors from several countries..

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