Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman -
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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
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
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)!