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Colon, Argentina - Hot Springs, National Park & River Camping

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2012   » View Photoset (35 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I came to Colon from Parana 5hrs west and arrived at the bus terminal in the middle of the night. I spent the rest of the night there until the
Argentina Photo - Trees, stairs, ornaments and pathways at Parque Quiros in Colon.
Trees, stairs, ornaments and pathways at Parque Quiros in Colon.
morning. I stored my belongings while I had a walk around town for a few hours before heading across the border to Paysandu - Uruguay later in the day.

Plazas and Sights

Colon is a small town on the banks of the Uruguay River, it was a damp and misty day as I set out to have a look around. I had a rough idea of the direction of the river. Along the way I firstly found Plaza Washington (1863) and church Parroquia Santos Justo y Pastor (1871). The church has a clock tower and a bell tower and overlooks the plaza. The plaza is large and has monuments to Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888) - the 7th President of Argentina, Maria Eva Duarte de Peron (Eva Peron), Juan Domingo Peron (1895-1974) - 3 times President of Argentina and Manuel Belgrano - military leader. Directly across the road from Plaza Washington is Plaza Artigas, it's another decent sized park with monuments to General Justo Jose de Urquiza (1801-1870) - an Argentine general and politician, Jose Gervasio Artigas (1764-1850) - Uruguayan national hero, to the mothers of the nation and to Jose Hernandez (1834-1886) - a poet and federalist. A few minutes walk ahead I came to Plazoleta Bomberos Voluntarios with its monument to the volunteer firefighters of Colon.

Through Quiros Park to the River

To get to the river I walked through Parque Quiros, this park is one of Colons main attractions.
Argentina Photo - Man looking to the sky, wooden sculpture at Plaza San Martin in Colon.
Man looking to the sky, wooden sculpture at Plaza San Martin in Colon.
It's a beautiful place to enjoy recreational activities. There are pitches for soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis and biking. In the summer the swimming pool is open. The park was founded by Dr. Herminio Juan Quiros in 1927. He brought statues up from
Argentina Photo - Woman and child wooden sculpture at Plaza San Martin in Colon.
Woman and child wooden sculpture at Plaza San Martin in Colon.
Buenos Aires including Cervantes made of marble, winged lions, Dante, an eagle and many more. There is a special building called "The Lindera" with entertainment and cultural folklore. Quiros Park has many nice spaces to sit or walk around under the shady trees near the fountain and has lovely tree-lined footpaths.

Camping Grounds and Hotel

On the other side of the park are the camping grounds called Piedras Coloradas and some shops beside the river. It is hard to say what it's like here in peak season because it was the end of May and it was quite deserted but I think it would be quite busy. There is a large beach area on the rivers shores, nearby is an old rusty shipwreck in front of the large Quirinale Hotel. Along the road a little is the local cinema.

Wooden Sculptures

A few minutes walk in the direction of the bus terminal I stopped and had a look around Plaza San Martin which was under restoration, the main monument is to General Jose de San Martin but the main thing to see there are the dozens of wooden sculptures
Argentina Photo - 'Eye' wooden sculpture at Plaza San Martin in Colon.
'Eye' wooden sculpture at Plaza San Martin in Colon.
on display around the plaza. Many of these sculptures depict animals such as an iguana, horse, eagle and fish. My girlfriend and I had had an excellent companion from the bus terminal all the way to the river and back, a local dog had walked with us the whole way, he is in several of the photos I took - the brown dog.

Falklands War Monument

In Plazoleta Malvinas Argentinas beside the bus terminal there is a monument to Elbio Eduardo Araujo
Argentina Photo - Familia Templo de la Vida, monument at the church in Colon.
Familia Templo de la Vida, monument at the church in Colon.
Penon (1962-1982), he was a soldier born in Colon who was killed in the Falklands War at the age of 19.

45mins Bus to Paysandu

The first bus across the border to Paysandu in Uruguay was due to leave in the middle of the day. It's a 45min journey across General Artigas Bridge over the river from Colon to Paysandu.

Hot Springs, National Park and Palace

Colons other attractions include the Hot Springs beside the river near the golf course. The waters are heated to a temperature of 36 degrees and are therapeutic and relaxing. El Palmar National Park is 56kms away for bird and animal watching, camping is available also. 63kms away is the national monument of Palacio San Jose, this was the house of General Urquiza (1801-1870, Argentine general and politician), there is a museum also. 30kms from Colon are the thermal pools of Villa Elisa.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Colon (Argentina) to:


Map location: Colon, Argentina. Colon is a small town beside the river where you can go camping, it's across the river from Paysandu in Uruguay which is where I went from here.
 A : Paysandu - Uruguay 9 kms 9 kms straight distance | 27mins 27mins by car (12 kms) | 32mins 32mins by bus (12 kms) (12 kms)
 B : Mercedes - Uruguay 114 kms 114 kms straight distance | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by car (144 kms) | 2hrs 39mins 2hrs 39mins by bus (144 kms) (144 kms)
 C : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 102 kms 102 kms straight distance | 1hr 54mins 1hr 54mins by car (152 kms) | 2hrs 16mins 2hrs 16mins by bus (152 kms) (152 kms)
 D : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 2hrs 37mins 2hrs 37mins by car (179 kms) | 3hrs 8mins 3hrs 8mins by bus (179 kms) (179 kms)
 E : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 208 kms 208 kms straight distance | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by car (241 kms) | 4hrs 9mins 4hrs 9mins by bus (241 kms) (241 kms)
 F : Carmelo - Uruguay 197 kms 197 kms straight distance | 3hrs 32mins 3hrs 32mins by car (244 kms) | 4hrs 14mins 4hrs 14mins by bus (244 kms) (244 kms)
 G : Parana - Argentina 236 kms 236 kms straight distance | 3hrs 44mins 3hrs 44mins by car (277 kms) | 4hrs 28mins 4hrs 28mins by bus (277 kms) (277 kms)
 H : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 243 kms 243 kms straight distance | 3hrs 50mins 3hrs 50mins by car (288 kms) | 4hrs 36mins 4hrs 36mins by bus (288 kms) (288 kms)
 I : Santa Fe - Argentina 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by car (298 kms) | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by bus (298 kms) (298 kms)
 J : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 249 kms 249 kms straight distance | 4hrs 10mins 4hrs 10mins by car (315 kms) | 5hrs 5hrs by bus (315 kms) (315 kms)
 K : Rosario - Argentina 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 3hrs 41mins 3hrs 41mins by car (315 kms) | 4hrs 25mins 4hrs 25mins by bus (315 kms) (315 kms)
 L : Buenos Aires - Argentina 268 kms 268 kms straight distance | 3hrs 34mins 3hrs 34mins by car (327 kms) | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by bus (327 kms) (327 kms)
 M : Rivera - Uruguay 280 kms 280 kms straight distance | 4hrs 58mins 4hrs 58mins by car (362 kms) | 5hrs 57mins 5hrs 57mins by bus (362 kms) (362 kms)
 N : Montevideo - Uruguay 332 kms 332 kms straight distance | 4hrs 25mins 4hrs 25mins by car (375 kms) | 5hrs 18mins 5hrs 18mins by bus (375 kms) (375 kms)
 O : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 287 kms 287 kms straight distance | 6hrs 8mins 6hrs 8mins by car (521 kms) | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by bus (521 kms) (521 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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