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    Bastion de San Miguel

    by shavy Updated Jun 12, 2015

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    The gate is part of the old wall of Bastion De San Miguel and almost reaches the water. The Bastion de San Miguel, can also be found in the center of Colonia del Sacramento.

    From here it is a nice stroll along Calle De Los Suspiros and Calle Paseo De San Gabriel which contains the oldest of the stone, tile and stucco colonial homes. The Bastion de San Miguel in the south of the old part of town is an example of what remains

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    Visit COLONIA

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 20, 2014

    It was the end of a ten months journey around South America, hitchhiking and using boats and trucks. I had my ticket back to Barcelona, in Spain from Buenos Aires
    I had entered Uruguay hitchhiking, coming from Porto Alegre, in Brazil. Upon arriving to Montevideo I stayed with friends for almost one week. After that I left to Buenos Aires where I had to fly back to Spain, but one of my friend, called Jorge, advised me to stay in Colonia, in not a whole day at least half a day.
    I followed his advice. I left early Montevideo, hitchhiking, and after a couple of rides I reached Colonia, town that I found pleasant, although I had seen many other towns much prettier, but not declared Patrimony of the Humankind.
    I entered the Basilica del Santísimo Sacramento, walked along the Calle de los Suspiros, and saw the main vestiges of the Portuguese buildings (who founded the city) combined with the Spanish constructions.
    I felt good that day and ended up spending the night in a garden, à la belle étoile.
    The next day I caught the ferry to Buenos Aires and one week later I flew back to Barcelona, in my dear country Spain.

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    Plaza de Toros de Colonia

    by shavy Written Aug 3, 2013

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    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

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    Barrio Historico

    by shavy Written Aug 3, 2013

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    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

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    Old Timer Car

    by shavy Written Aug 3, 2013

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    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.

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    Sunset ceremony

    by kyoub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.
    Just magical.

    Workshop entrance Picture by artist Terrace Sundown Sunset
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    Argentino Hotel

    by kyoub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Italian inspired Steps to the past hotel guest dining casino staircase
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    Getting and coming home....

    by schurlif Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one more brick (t-shirt) in the wall (closet). having a hard time staying serious I love to watch her eat.... sentimental end of trip...... conveyor belt, the place we tourists love the most
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    Estancia plus activities for children

    by ramarito Written May 6, 2010

    Hello!
    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.

    Mario

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    visit cabo de polonia

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Aug 13, 2009

    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.

    at cabo polonia

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    Daytrip to Park Salus

    by kyoub Written Jun 2, 2008

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    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.

    Entrance to park Billboard
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    The eagle

    by kyoub Written May 23, 2008

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    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.

    Casa del Aguila head of an eagle
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    White sandy beaches

    by kyoub Written May 22, 2008

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    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.

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    Cerro del Torro

    by kyoub Updated May 15, 2008

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    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.

    El Torro Park Cat statue
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    Piria's castle

    by kyoub Updated May 15, 2008

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    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.

    Piria's Castle Castle entrance Piria's study Chair in castle Master bedroom
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