La Paloma Travel Guide

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La Paloma Things to Do

  • Birding

    A good place to see several species of birds is at the Laguna de Rocha.It is located just 5 miles west of La Paloma. In 1977 it was made a National Park.One sand strip seperates it from the ocean. More than 220 species have been seen here along with many mammals.

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  • Visit the historical lighthouse

    El Faro del Cabo Santa Maria was constructed in 1874. It is all white except for the red and white striped tower.It is open to the public in the summer months and on week-end throughout the rest of the year.. We were there during the week so we could only see the outside.

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  • Go to the beach

    La Paloma has wide sandy beaches for your enjoyment. Close to town are the quiet waters, the farther east you go the less protection you have from the surf.We found the beaches deserted when we were there in April. I am told that a few visitors show up on week-ends but for the most part everything closes up after the end of Feb.There are around...

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La Paloma Transportation

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    by kyoub Written Apr 26, 2008

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    It doesn't seem to matter how you get around. A remarkable number of old cars grace the roads in Uruguay, along with scooters, bicycles, and even horse-drawn wagons.

    Bike Vintage Horse and wagon
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La Paloma Local Customs

  • Offerings

    I don't know what they call this statue but there seemed to be offering left here by passersby.It had something to do with the sea, I am sure.We saw it beside the beach on the road between La Paloma and La Pedrera.

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  • Lab Coats

    I noticed every where that we went in Uruguay, kids were walking around in white lab coats.They also had a scarf tied in a bow, around their neck. The bows were in different colors around various schools. So that must have been the school color or something like that.I have never seem a school uniform like that in any other country.

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    by kyoub Written Apr 26, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: If you are planning to go for a drive to check out the scenery, you best take your lunch with you. Everything seems to close up here in the off season. Luckily we did have water with us but we didn't find anything to eat.

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La Paloma Off The Beaten Path

  • Art and Culture

    Art is on display near the beach in La Pedrera year around. We saw very interesting wood carvings.

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  • Huge Sand Dunes

    You could visit Cabo Polonio, 4WD tours are arranged in La Paloma.There is no road in so the only way to get over the huge dunes is to walk, by horseback, or by 4WD truck.Once you arrive you will find that there is no electricity there either.During the summer months you will see many sea lions suning themselves on the rocky shore.There are huge...

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  • See the whales in La Pedrera

    Just 2.5 miles away by a two lane paved road is the beach town of La Pedrera.The road through town ends at a steep, grassy hill that overlooks the beach.There are steps that lead down to the shore.During late winter/early spring this is said to be the best place to watch for the right whales on their journey south.We were to early to see the whales...

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La Paloma Favorites

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    by kyoub Written Apr 26, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We added a new bird to our life list here. It was a beautiful white bird with black stripe on its wings and a black band at end of its tail. It wasn't a bird that we had ever seen before now. After much searching we finally found it in our birdbook. It is called a White Monjita.

    White Monjita Flying after a bug
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