Uruguay Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by henri123
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by henri123
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by henri123

Uruguay Off The Beaten Path

  • Alone in countryside!

    San Francisco de las SierrasRuta 12 - Km 347,500LavallejaI love the address!To be alone in nature, quiet, cool, relax ..........only a few days for me, but it is really peacefull. Surrounded by cows, horses and many many birds, you feel good after a stay in a stone house with rough and basic wooden furniture, a huge fireplace and a pile of good...

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  • Juanico Winery

    Juanico Winery is about 30 minutes outside of Montevideo. I had the privilege to be involved at a wedding there. It was fantastic. The people there were so accommodating and wonderful.

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  • A Great Antique Slaughterhouse--Fray...

    Its in Fray Bentos, about 4 hours by bus outside Montevideo. Its not to be missed if you care about animal liberation, or you just want to see how all of this occurred up close. It is now marketed as a Museum of the Industrial Revolution...which is true enough.THe slaughterhouse was opened in the 1860s, and eventually experienced huge booms as a...

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  • Penitent's Waterfall

    I am listing the Salto de Penitente in off the beaten path because of the road that you must travel to get there.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). The gravel road is 18 km long so it says but seems longer.This fall is located over a rocky backdrop covered...

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  • Durazno Museo Historico

    A visit to The Historic Museum "Casa de Rivera" in Durazno is a delightful break from running around Uruguay. Look for it on one side of the main plaza. (C/Brig. Gral. Oribe 775, Durazno) If you speak Spanish you will enjoy meeting and talking to the curators. They reminded me of the dedicated enthusiasts of my hometown local historic society.

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  • enitre country well kept secret

    It is impossible to buy a guide book for Uruguay in English. We went blind & loved it. Montevideo is a sleepy friendly city with beautiful European Architechture and the nicest people. Our Hotel in Pocitos was $70 including breafast & had a inddor pool & jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. Meat & dairy are divine there & cheap.

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  • Upcountry

    Uruguay is cattle country; one of three countries of Gauchos. But it seems that Gaucho history and life has more impact on Uruguay because percentage wise it represents so much more of the country. At least in November, traveling upcountry excluding Colonia and Carmelo seem off the beaten path. An estancia owner told me that Europeans in particular...

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  • Carmelo and the Nandu...

    Carmelo and the Nandu nursery...Uruguay's national Symbolthe Nandu is the smalles of the Family of Oistriches, more a mine Emu then a big bird.. the flightless birds, where the male looks after the offspring, while mama is having a good time.here in Uruguay and Argentina, the Nandu is breet for consumption, national symbol in Uruguay or not. like...

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  • Countryside

    Uruguay's countryside is very bucolic. Once you leave Montevideo, whether you head west towards Colonia or East to Punta de Este, you will see the idyllic countryside of Uruguay, full with meadows, horses, cows. and cute little houses

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  • Miles and miles of country roads!

    Unlike in the U.S., most country roads in Uruguay aren't all mapped out and leading from town to town. They'll take you to gurgling creeks, abandoned Indian cemeteries, tops of hills from which you can overlook planted fields, large eucalyptus woods with loud wild parrots...As kids we used to love to pack up a picnic lunch and start driving,...

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  • Pier Seals

    If you are in Punta Del Este, you MUST go down to the pier to see the seals. There are all these fishermen lined up on the dock fileting fish from the day and these huge seals climb up and sit right next to them to get the scraps. Its so amazing. The seals are completely unafraid and you can almost touch them-- although I wouldnt reccommend it,...

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  • For the Catalans

    A church designed in 1963 by Antoni Bonet i Castellana (1913-1989) in Soca, 10 km north of La Floresta, between Ruta 1 and Ruta 8.

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  • Beautiful Hot springs

    Termas del Dayman is quite popular with Uruguayans and Argentines but that's about it. Just a few kilometres south of Salto it is easily reached by local bus. It is a large thermal springs complex where the water is a hot 38 degrees celcius. The public baths is a well taken care of facility right next to a spa for those who want to be pampered....

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  • Plaza de Toros de San Carlos

    A rich business man from Argentina, Don Nicolas Mihanovich built this Plaza de Toros and invited very famous "toreros" from 1910 to 1912, then all the "corridas" were forbidden by the Government. No more then 10 corridas in total for this huge place where 10 000 spectators could shout "Olé"!

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  • a mosque cum zoological museum!

    Damaso Antonio Larranaga MuseumVery very surprising.........A building obviously built around 1920 as a mosque in Montevideo : mosque shape and minaret, tiles, door with arabic words, floor with "Allah Akbar" around the rooms! Very strange!Anyone could tell me more about the history of this? Difficult here to gather information, the guard told us...

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  • if you love books.........

    If you love books as I do, Montevideo offers a lot : around the area of Tristan Navaja, you 'll find marvelous old bookshops and also around the old city.One : Palacio del Libro25 de Mayo 577Montevideo

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  • Go to a different winery!

    We were lucky enough to get to go to this small winery near Rivera, in the northern part of Uruguay. It's a very small winery and I don't think it's yet producing much wine for sale. We had lunch here; the food and wine were delicious!

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  • Visit a sawmill and get wine tips!

    Also on our field trip in May 1999, we visited a mill. One of the fellows there gave me some recommendations for Uruguayan wines (Tinto Tannat - Joanicó, Pisano, or Stagnari) and for cheese (Queso Parrillero or Conaprole).

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  • Stop at a roadside fruit stand

    In May 1999, we stopped at this roadside fruit stand to buy some oranges on our roadtrip from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento.

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  • Check out a termite mound

    In May 1999 while on our field trip, we visited a stand of Eucalyptus where we saw this termite mound. Rather interesting, I thought.

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  • Tacuarembó

    Tacuarembó, in the department of the same name, is an agreeable town of sycamore-lined streets and shady plazas. Since its founding in 1832, local authorities have kept sculptors busy fashioning busts, statues and monuments commemorating military figures as well as writers, clergy members and educators. In late March, a three-day gaucho festival...

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  • THE URUGUAYAN COASTLINEOn the...

    THE URUGUAYAN COASTLINEOn the east side of Uruguay, where every day the sun rises from the horizon, we find the startling point of the enchanted Uruguayan coastline. The natural contours and swirls of the coast draw capricious figures with coves, dunes, quiet waters, rock formations and endless beaches, all of which provide nature's background to...

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  • VISIT A SMALLER TOWN INSIDE...

    VISIT A SMALLER TOWN INSIDE THE COUNTRY WHICH IS NOT SO TOURISTIC LIKE PAYSANDU THAT YOU SEE THE TYPICAL URUGUAYAN LIFE.

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  • If you're looking for a...

    If you're looking for a peaceful coastal town to relax in, I suggest going to Cuchilla Alta. Its a small resort town between Piriápolis and Atlántida on the Costa de Oro. Its very quiet and the long stretches of beaches are clean, low-populated and gorgeous. The nice part is that you also have access to small restaurants, a grocery store, a...

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  • Here is an example of the...

    Here is an example of the strange architecture you will find in the city of Montevideo. Montevideo, literally means 'I see the mountain', although there are no mountains around Montevideo, (strange).

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  • If you are single, and dont...

    If you are single, and dont want to continue this way any more, reach the Piriapolis high peak and take with you, three little stones. The legend says that the next time you be in Piriapolis you will do it married. To believe or to blow.

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