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Given its exceptional location on the banks of the Río Negro river, Mercedes is an ideal spot for fishing, doing water sports, or resting surrounded by nature. Cycling around town to see the sights is, without a doubt, a great plan for a family weekend in the Uruguayan interior.  


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
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This nine-hole course is located 2.7 kilometers away from downtown Mercedes, and was designed by the Argentinean Oscar Vazón. It has seven par 3 holes and two par 4s, which makes the course par 58, with various bodies of water playing their part in the game. The course contains 4 main greens in which water plays an important role. Hole 9 lies parallel to the Rio Negro, its tee only 5 meters away from the water. The game is short but difficult, which makes this a demanding and enjoyable course for golf lovers.


Adress : Cno. Elías Regules S/N, Mercedes, Soriano
Telephone: (598) 45323952
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Designer: Mr. Oscár Vazón
Holes: 9, par de la cancha 58 de 3.486 yardas
Size: 3.486 yardas, ida 1.723 y vuelta 1763

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