A few miles to the east of Mines City there is a rough gravel road that leads to Salto de Penitente (the Penitent's Walerfalls).
This fall is located over a rocky backdrop covered in wild vegetation.
When we were there it had not rained for awhile so the falls were not as large as we had expected.
There is a nice lookout platform, some little shops, and a restaurant overlooking the falls.
You can swim at the bottom of the falls, look for birds, or Rappel.
Park Salus is located 10 KM west of Minas which is 60Km from Piriapolis. It is the home of Uruguay's popular bottled water plant and also a brewery.
There is also a park with nature trails, you can picnic among giant trees, flowers, and birds.
The pampas is very flat so what you will see on your way there and return is cows, horses, sheep, and now and then a house. It would be a great place to REALLY get away.
Atlantida is a beach town between Piriapolis and Montevideo. It has pretty beaches and is very popular with Uruguayan vacationers.
We didn't go here to see the town or the beach, we went here to see El Aguilla-THE EAGLE.
In 1945, a millionaire named Natalio Michelizzel hired a contractor named Juan Torres to build him a place on the beach where he could paint, read, and entertain. Torres built the structure and on a whim added an eagle on the top. The eagle was covered in stones that looked like feathers.
It is open to the public with no admission fee.
We went inside the eagle where there are 2 small rooms on the main floor and 2 rooms plus bath on the second floor. On the side there are steps down to the water/beach.