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Chuy, Uruguay - Fortress At The Brazilian Border Crossing

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - September 2013   » View Photoset (15 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

1hr North from Punta del Diablo

North to Chuy from Punta del Diablo took just 1hr by bus, the weather was extremely bad, raining hard. I was on my way up to southern Brazil but first I really
Uruguay Photo - The moat and a cannon peaking over the wall at Fort San Miguel in Chuy.
The moat and a cannon peaking over the wall at Fort San Miguel in Chuy.
wanted to see the San Miguel Fort 7kms west of town (Fuerte San Miguel). I was thinking twice several times about even going. I went to a shop and bought an umbrella. A taxi took me there, it didn't take too long, he dropped me off and left. Standing with my backpack on and my camera around my neck I found a way to put my umbrella sort of halfway down the front of jacket to hold it in place. Shame nobody mentioned the fort was not actually open, anyhow I was there and determined to have a quick look around. I could see a few things through the gate and of course the outside.

San Miguel Fort

The fort was built between 1734 and 1737. From the moat and wooden drawbridge through the gate I could see the church (Capilla) and to the right, the kitchen (Cocina). In the front grassy area sits a black canon with canon balls sitting in front. At various points around the outside of the fort canon sit at the top of the stone walls. The fort has dome lookout points on the corners that look out to the surrounding grassy and rocky area at the top of the hill. After 20mins of walking around
Uruguay Photo - Fort San Miguel on a rainy September day in Chuy.
Fort San Miguel on a rainy September day in Chuy.
getting half drenched I found my way back down to the road and waited for a taxi or bus to come by.

Bus to La Victoria Brazil

Still raining once I got back to Chuy I asked where the buses to Brazil left from. The terminal is near the main street for buses across the border to La Victoria. I presumed the Uruguyan passport control was on this route before we crossed into Brazil but I was wrong. I took the bus to the border but there was only the Brazilian passport control there. I had to go all the way back (2-3kms) to Chuy and taxi some distance to another place to get my exit stamp for Uruguay, what a hassle. Anyway I did that, then went back to the bus terminal in Chuy that I was at before and got another bus up to Brazilian border control and then continued to La Victoria, talk about drama. Anyway, the bus from Chuy to La Victoria in Brazil took 25mins and from there I took another bus north 3hrs 30mins to Rio Grande.

Fortaleza de Santa Teresa (Fort)

If you are heading south from Chuy make sure you stop at fort Fortaleza de Santa Teresa, it looked quite spectacular as we drove past it on the way up. I will visit it next time I am in Uruguay (when it is not raining)!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Chuy (Uruguay) to:


Map location: Chuy, Uruguay. You can see Fort San Miguel before crossing into Brazil. Chuy is right on the border, unfortunately it was raining very hard when I was here!
 A : Punta del Este - Uruguay 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 2hrs 52mins 2hrs 52mins by car (220 kms) | 3hrs 26mins 3hrs 26mins by bus (220 kms) (220 kms)
 B : Maldonado - Uruguay 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by car (220 kms) | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by bus (220 kms) (220 kms)
 C : Rio Grande - Brazil 215 kms 215 kms straight distance | 2hrs 37mins 2hrs 37mins by car (230 kms) | 3hrs 8mins 3hrs 8mins by bus (230 kms) (230 kms)
 D : Montevideo - Uruguay 294 kms 294 kms straight distance | 4hrs 31mins 4hrs 31mins by car (351 kms) | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by bus (351 kms) (351 kms)
 E : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 366 kms 366 kms straight distance | 5hrs 43mins 5hrs 43mins by car (462 kms) | 6hrs 51mins 6hrs 51mins by bus (462 kms) (462 kms)
 F : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 323 kms 323 kms straight distance | 6hrs 8mins 6hrs 8mins by car (469 kms) | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by bus (469 kms) (469 kms)
 G : Porto Alegre - Brazil 447 kms 447 kms straight distance | 5hrs 55mins 5hrs 55mins by car (496 kms) | 7hrs 6mins 7hrs 6mins by bus (496 kms) (496 kms)
 H : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 411 kms 411 kms straight distance | 6hrs 11mins 6hrs 11mins by car (506 kms) | 7hrs 25mins 7hrs 25mins by bus (506 kms) (506 kms)
 I : Carmelo - Uruguay 447 kms 447 kms straight distance | 7hrs 3mins 7hrs 3mins by car (567 kms) | 8hrs 27mins 8hrs 27mins by bus (567 kms) (567 kms)
 J : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 441 kms 441 kms straight distance | 7hrs 30mins 7hrs 30mins by car (589 kms) | 9hrs 9hrs by bus (589 kms) (589 kms)
 K : Mercedes - Uruguay 429 kms 429 kms straight distance | 7hrs 29mins 7hrs 29mins by car (590 kms) | 8hrs 58mins 8hrs 58mins by bus (590 kms) (590 kms)
 L : Rivera - Uruguay 367 kms 367 kms straight distance | 7hrs 14mins 7hrs 14mins by car (608 kms) | 8hrs 40mins 8hrs 40mins by bus (608 kms) (608 kms)
 M : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 455 kms 455 kms straight distance | 7hrs 51mins 7hrs 51mins by car (624 kms) | 9hrs 25mins 9hrs 25mins by bus (624 kms) (624 kms)
 N : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 435 kms 435 kms straight distance | 7hrs 52mins 7hrs 52mins by car (671 kms) | 9hrs 26mins 9hrs 26mins by bus (671 kms) (671 kms)
 O : Paysandu - Uruguay 461 kms 461 kms straight distance | 8hrs 39mins 8hrs 39mins by car (696 kms) | 10hrs 22mins 10hrs 22mins by bus (696 kms) (696 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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