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Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana, Brazil - Overland From Rivera

Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2008

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I entered Brazil from Uruguay in the very south into the dual border city of Santana do Livramento and Rivera but there was no
Brazil Photo - A man selling hotdogs at the bus terminal in Santana do Livramento.
A man selling hotdogs at the bus terminal in Santana do Livramento.
border control and I didn't know I was supposed to find them myself, so I didn't get a stamp in my passport. I spent the night in Livramento in a cheap hotel.

Livramento to Uriguiana

The next day I travelled by bus through the southern plains, past ranches, cattle, waterholes and wide open spaces to the small city of Uriguiana where I stayed for 1 night. I wandered around the streets here for a while, the people were asking me if I was American, about 6 times in 2hrs. I'm not so I replied 'no Americano'. I asked a taxi where I could find a restaurant to get something to eat and drink. He drove me to a place out in nowhereland that didn't really have any food to eat
Brazil Photo - Standing on the line separating Brazil and Uruguay! The times on the 2 clocks are 1 hour apart.
Standing on the line separating Brazil and Uruguay! The times on the 2 clocks are 1 hour apart.
because it was just closing. So I asked him to take me back into town and told him to drop me off at a fast food stand and then he charged me $10USD for the taxi fare. I walked back to my hotel at about midnight, a policeman rode beside me on his bicycle the whole way. There must have been some danger I was unaware of I guess.

Uriguiana to Paso de los Libres

After staying up most of the night reading and planning for my travels in my hotel room suddenly at 5am I decided that I had to get over the border to Paso de los Libres in Argentina. So I called a taxi, paid the hotel bill and asked the taxi to find me a money machine for my Visa card. We tried at least 3 ATM's but none would give me cash. Apparently only HSBC banks will work here. So I told the taxi to just take me to the border which was about 10 minutes away. Unfortunately I couldn't pay the taxi much because I had no cash except for a bit of change in Brazilian and other currencies, so I gave him that.

Paso de los Libres

That was not the last of my problems on this morning. Next, because I had walked into Brazil without getting a passport stamp, I had hassles leaving the country. The customs wanted to know how I got into Brazil. I couldn't speak Spanish, so I brought out my map and showed them where I crossed the border and told them there were no border police. They were not that impressed, but stamped my passport and waved me through. But then the Argentinian border control wanted to know how I got into Brazil also, so I had to bring out my map again and show them. I don't think they were terribly impressed either, but let me through. I was back in Argentina, in Paso de los Libres on my way to Posadas to get to Iguazu Falls.

     


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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana (Brazil) to:


Map location: Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana, Brazil. My 1st overland border cross in South America and not a common one at all, quite off the beaten track!
 A : Rivera - Uruguay 68 kms 68 kms straight distance
 B : Colon - Argentina 287 kms 287 kms straight distance
 C : Paysandu - Uruguay 293 kms 293 kms straight distance
 D : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 345 kms 345 kms straight distance
 E : Mercedes - Uruguay 372 kms 372 kms straight distance
 F : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 374 kms 374 kms straight distance
 G : Rio Grande - Brazil 404 kms 404 kms straight distance
 H : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 406 kms 406 kms straight distance
 I : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 146 kms 146 kms straight distance
 J : Posadas - Argentina 334 kms 334 kms straight distance
 K : Encarnacion to Paraguari - Paraguay 430 kms 430 kms straight distance
 L : Chuy - Uruguay 435 kms 435 kms straight distance
 M : Resistencia - Argentina 442 kms 442 kms straight distance
 N : Porto Alegre - Brazil 450 kms 450 kms straight distance
 O : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 453 kms 453 kms straight distance
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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