Coming up here with a bike, is almost an hour drive from the town. A taxi are available but expensive beside renting a bike is easy to explore the town plentiful to see around, the beaches are awesome but too bad I wasn't prepared for swimming here
Historic Quarter in Colonia del Sacramento, is where the local lives...The oldest city in town has a colorful and historical houses
Walking around here it brings you back to the century everything is old around...All you can do is admire the town area and be happy you have seen this part of the Latin America
Around the city there no regular transportation...Here you see more those old timer park on the streets. Is it still running? we don't know, we haven't seen drive around, probably is just one of the decor on the streets here.
Casapueblo has the workshop of well known Uruguayan artist, Carlos Paez Vilaro.
His collection has paintings, sculptures, and pottery.
The workshop is open daily and entrance is free of charge.
Plan to arrive around 5pm, you will be directed to view a film of the artists life. Then you can have a look around all 3 floors of the museum. There are t-shirts, books and reprints of his painting for sale.
Do not miss the sunset ceremony. There is a bar where you may have tea or a cocktail. Then as the sun begins to set, everyone migrates out on the terraces to look out over the ocean.
The founding father of Piriapolis was fond of all things Italian so it was no wonder that this hotel was inspired by Italian palaces. It was the largest hotel/casino in South America when it was built in 1930. It is 400 feet long x 200 feet wide and has 350 rooms.
In 1942 it was purchased from the Piria descendents by the Uruguayan government and refurbished.
The halls are still lined with pictures of past guests and activities, there is memorabilia on display, and original decor.
The restaurants are open to the public and so is the casino.
This is supposed to be a DIFFERENT "what to do" tip.... one most of us "forget" even though this is a major part of any trip..... Going back , going home......
Just as getting there is exciting and a reason to be pleasantly anxious , returning home can and should be too.... If you were just on a tourist trip ( and didn't necessarily emigrate....) you'll be heading home after 2 or 3 or 4 weeks or so.... full with new impressions, knowledge , endured small or big adventures, having survived endless monologues of tour guides and , probably , every once in a while , diarrhea , new experiences with strange cultures and culinary..... and so on.... then going back to the old routine can be soothing , smoothing , comforting , even exciting. Depending on where you live it could of course also be a pain in the neck confronting the cold weather , the job routine , you know what I mean..... And, again , sometimes you ask yourself , why am I doing this to myself ? Squeeky bumpy beds, mosquitos, sometimes lousy food, grey sky and pouring rain, exhaustion , hurting feet...... but very soon after being at home , the natural instinct for adventure sets in again and you're starting to think about the next destination.....
So , here we are, at the airport , trying to "forcefully" get rid of the last uruguayan pesos , buying anything to accomplish that (pic 1) , fooling around and "pigging" out in the plane ( pics 2 and 3) , bidding farewell to the day and to the trip (pic 4) and finding oneself back in real world.... where is the rest of the luggage !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is a beautiful place where you can take your children and enjoy not only typical estacia life but also very interesting activities. The place is called "La Vigna" and you will be received by a young couple with two small children. It is about 75 miles from Montevideo. Look for more info at: www.lavigna.com.ar.
Regards and have a nice stay in our country.
Cabo Polonio is not in outer space; it is in Uruguay. It is a small, secluded town in a small, South American country. In fact, I hesitate to even call Cabo Polonio a town. Instead, it looks and feels like the final outpost on the edge of a rugged frontier. And it is. Cabo Polonio is surrounded by rugged frontiers.
Cabo Polonio sits on the tip of a moon-sliver peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. On the back side, powerful waves relentlessly knock.
Park Salus is where the bottled water of Uruguay is bottled and distrubuted throughout the country. It is located just outside of the city of Mines.
Mines City is 75 miles northeast of Montevideo or one hour from Piriapolis. The city was founded in 1783 and named for the surrounding mines. You will find hills and forests there which is unusual in most parts of Uruguay.
Park Salus has nature trails, you can picnic among giant trees, flowers, and birds.
On your drive to Mines it 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 there to see the town or the beach, we went there 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.
It is worth a stop if you are in the area.
There is no lack of beaches around Piriapolis.Its beaches occupy a 25-kilometer strip along the coast. All of them feature white sandy beaches and clear waters. Whether you enjoy sunbathing, surfing, swimming, or fishing, there is a beach to satisfy. Take your pick from San Francisco, Punta Colorado, Solis, Playa Verde, Bella Vista, Playa Colorado, Playa Granda, Playa Hermosa and Las Flores.
Cerro del Toro or Bull's Hill is the second highest hill surrounding Piriapolis.
If you have always wanted to be see a BIG bull up close then don't miss this sight.
From the parking area you can see this bronze bull spouting water, like a waterfall.
If you walk up a few steps you will be able to touch it, ride it, or get a drink.
This is a 3000 kg statue shipped there from Paris.
If you are feeling entergetic then climb up the remaining stairs for a better view of the surroundings. You will also see a statue of a big cat.
There are camping sites nearby.
Castillo de Piria or Piria's Castle was the private residence of Piriapolis founder Francisco Piria.
The castle was completed in 1897.
It is constructed in red brick and has 2 floors plus a basement.
The upstairs is furnished much the way it was when Piria lived there. The major difference is the marble flooring in the parlor has been removed.
The grounds of the castle are quite pretty with many palm tress scattered about.
It is not uncommon to see artists sitting about painting.
The castle is open daily except Mondays. The entrance and guided tours are free of charge.
If you do not have your own transport then you can arrange for a tour from the tourist office, next to the casino.
The 400 meters high Cerro Pan de Azucar is Uruguay's third highest point. It is located 10 km away from the resort town of Piriapolis. You can climb to the top, there are stairs but there is no road.
At the top you will find a large cement cross that can be see as far away as Punta del Este.
The cross is 35 meters high.
San Antonio Hill is one of the most picturesque spots on the Uruguayan coast. It is a natural icon of Piriapolis resort town.
It can be reached by chair lifts from the port area. a long hike, or you can drive up in your car to the top.
On the way up, you will see a statue of the Fisherman's Virgin, on a small platform, overlooking the sea.
At the top you will see the port, the bay, the center of town, and the surrounding hills.
If you stay until evening the sunset is spectacular from here.
Besides the views you will find souvenir shops, a restaurant with swimming pool, and a small chapel with a statue of San Antonio.
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