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1. The pier in Villa Soriano is administrated by the National Hydro Graphic Directorate
Available services:

Capacity: 44 places for sporting craft
Channel depth: 2 meters (varies)
220 V electric current, basic elements for connecting to electricity: polarized cable isolated by rubber and an industrial plug of  2P +T 220v 6h 16A
Drinkable water (one must own a hose with jet control in order to access this service)
24-hour security
Fire-proof system
Trash collection
Showers: (from 8am to 9pm during high season and from 8am to 4pm during low season)
Bathrooms at no cost, with disabled facilities

Services: businesses;
Food and grocery delivery service

Boat and city tours
Tour guide services
Fuel supply by ANCAP
National Hydro Graphic Directorate:
Open hours:
High season (December 1st to February 28th) – Every day from 8am to 6:30pm
Low season – 8am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday
Telephone: +598 4530 4555

2. The Soriano Municipality Office of Tourism offers a service called "Baqueano de Río", where professionals in the area accompany seafarers on their trip and help him or her to avoid the obstacles that the Rio Negro presents while on a trip to Mercedes. This is a service free of charge, available from December to Easter Week, coordinated by the town's Office of Tourism.

River Station Information Center
Open hours: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Telephone: +598 4530 4815

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

Enjoying Fray Bentos by boat

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Fray Bentos has its own port that can house large vessels, with two concrete shipment piers, one for deep sea vessels, and another for river vessels, of 9 and 7 meters in depth respectively. It also boasts a sports port belonging to the Fray Bentos Rowing Club.
History and natural beauty are combined in this surprising city with plenty of options for visitors, along with many culinary choices and even 2, 3, and 4 stars hotels.
Club Remeros Fray Bentos (Rowing Club)
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Small port of the Club de Remeros de Fray Bentos

Useful information
Wall berth: 20
Anchor berth: 30
Bathrooms and showers
Open hours: Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8am to 12pm
Fuel supply


Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

Paysandú by the water

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For sailors who come to the area, we recommend getting in touch with two interesting organizations: Paysandú Yacht Club, and the Paysandú Fishing Club

Paysandú Yacht Club
Floating jetties with electricity, drinking water, Wi-fi, and cable TV.
Optimist school
Training boat, sailing courses
A ramp for vessel transportation, with tractor service all year round
Crane and a large area for keeping boats
24-hour staff
Playground, multipurpose fields and courts
Event room "Vieja Cantina"
Raft for embarking and disembarking
Sacra vessel with capacity for 25 people (20 beds, kitchen, china, 2 bathrooms)
Medical assistance
VHF Equipment
A 10,000 meter bay of mirror-like water with a 2-meter draught below the 0-level of the Uruguay River in a local port
Recreational park with barbecues and covered areas
Salto Avenue by Costanera – Paysandú, Uruguay
Telephone: (598) 4722059
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Website: www.ycp.org.uy

Paysandú Fishing Club
Camp site
Rowing school
Recreational area with barbecue and roof
Event room
Bathrooms and showers
Address: Baldomero Vidal Avenue 1581 (Costanera) – Paysandú, Uruguay
Telephone: (598) 47222885
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Website: www.clubpescadorespaysandu.com



Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

Sailing through Salto

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The Salto Yacht Club has plenty to offer for sailing enthusiasts. It is deep enough for sailing and quite varied due to the Salto Grande dam. The Yacht Club boat capacity is 80 vessels at a time.
It is located upriver from the Salto Grande Dam in the lake of the same name, next to the Horacio Quiroga Hotel and water park neighboring the Lake's Municipal Park.
Available services:
Pier for docking boats
Electricity and drinkable water
A safe place for boats
Two containers for safekeeping of windsurf boards and equipment for the sailing school
Optimist (sailing dinghy) classes
Two Punta del Este Class training boats in which to teach adults to sail, a motorboat, and a crane to help boats into the boathouse
A ramp to transport boats and winch
Covered areas, barbecue spots and tables to enjoy a meal over the lake
Locker rooms and lavatories with showers
Security 24-hours a day



Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

In Atlantida for the first time

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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).

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


Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:33

Punta del Este

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The East Region has excellent gastronomic proposals integrating innovative way of Creole grill, Mediterranean cuisine , Basque , Mexican , macrobiotics and seafood. In this guide you will find different tips to avoid getting lost in this journey of the palate.

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Soriano has many options for sailing enthusiasts. Besides rivers and streams perfect for water sports, tourists can also take ferries and boats from the cities of Mercedes or Dolores, and visit places of great historical and archaeological wealth, through gorgeous natural sights comprised of islands and remote wooded areas. These isolated yet beautiful areas are ideal for spotting indigenous fauna and flora.

The Catamaran Soriano I ferry is a modern ship with all the amenities needed for luxury sailing.

Different tours depart from Mercedes periodically, reaching different destinations, such as Sauces de Doña Pepa, Barrancas Coloradas, and Laguna de los Negros, among others. We recommend our visitors contact Soriano's Tourism Office for information or to make reservations.


Some tours from Mercedes:

Mercedes - Villa Santo Domingo Soriano Duration: 2.30 hours
Mercedes - Barrancas Coloradas Duration: 3 hours
Mercedes - Sauces de Doña Peña Duration: 2 hours.
Mercedes - Laguna de los Negros Duration: 2 hours
Mercedes - Arenita de Oro Duration: 1 1/2 hours.


Rides along the San Salvador river

Dolores - San Salvador River mouth Duration: 3 hours
Dolores Espinillo Stream Duration: 2 hours
Dolores - Bizcocho Stream Duration: 1 hour.


Soriano's Tourism Office

Telephone numbers:.
(598) 45322201 (598) 45322202 ext. 2501, 2503