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Fray Bentos, Uruguay - Port City & Easy Border Crossing To Argentina

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2016   » View Photoset (74 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

Border Crossing

Fray Bentos is one in a string of tranquil little towns
Uruguay Photo - Museo Municipal Luis A. Solari, the modern art museum in Fray Bentos.
Museo Municipal Luis A. Solari, the modern art museum in Fray Bentos.
beside a river on the western side of Uruguay close to Argentina. It's near others such as Mercedes, Carmelo and Paysandu. Fray Bentos is a popular border crossing to and from Argentina, just across the international bridge to or from the city of Gualeguaychu.

Colonia to Fray Bentos

I arrived in Fray Bentos by bus from Colonia del Sacramento, it's a little over 200kms but took 3hrs and 45mins because the bus stopped in several towns along the way including Carmelo, Palmira and Mercedes to drop off and collect passengers and mail. There are a couple of hotels in the center of town right near the plaza and I spent 2 nights in the cheaper option.

A Port City on the Uruguay River

Fray Bentos is a port city on the Uruguay River and the river is where most of the locals hang-out and enjoy drinking mate tea from flasks that they bring with them. The river-front in many ways is the center of town! The actual center of town surrounds Plaza Constitucion, just a few minutes walk up from the river. Around the
Uruguay Photo - The cathedral with clock tower in Fray Bentos.
The cathedral with clock tower in Fray Bentos.
main plaza are the special buildings including the spectacular facade of Teatro Young (theatre, 1913, a national historic landmark), the cathedral, Museo Municipal "Luis A. Solari" (modern art museum), Edificio Stella D'Italia (under restoration) and the Mayors building to the left of the cathedral.

Parque Roosevelt (Park)

Between Plaza Constitucion and the river is the super-leafy park - Parque Roosevelt named after American President Franklin D. Roosevelt who visited Uruguay in 1936 to oversee the signing of the Chaco Peace Treaty. The park has some great views down to the port, road and river as well as a few bronze busts of important people. Below the park is a large outdoor theatre called Teatro de Verano - I would have
Uruguay Photo - Fraile Bentos, legendary figure linked to the origin of the name of our city, monument in Fray Bentos.
Fraile Bentos, legendary figure linked to the origin of the name of our city, monument in Fray Bentos.
loved to have seen some music while I was here, maybe next time!

Sip Tea Beside the River in the Afternoon

Late afternoon is the time to head down to the river to sip mate tea, chat with friends and watch the sunset over the river, it's spellbinding! There are enough seats and benches down here for the whole town it seems! Next day I did some exploring in the other direction, away from the river. I found the open and unshaded Plaza Artigas with the same statue of Jose Artigas holding his hat that they have in every city in the country, did he not ride a horse sometimes? Anyway its a good place to kick a ball around. I came to the grassy Plaza Risso Canyasso but found little else at this end of town apart from a couple of street murals and the
Uruguay Photo - Boy and girl on a bike in the countryside, colorful mural in Fray Bentos.
Boy and girl on a bike in the countryside, colorful mural in Fray Bentos.
bus terminal so I headed back towards the Uruguay River where some locals were fishing and a huge red ship was moored in the distance. I had a look around the port area and also found some more plaza's - Plaza General Jose de San Martin with its huge cactus plant and the very shady Plaza Jose Hargain. Around Plaza Hargain are a few historic buildings - Usina Electrica (1927) and the eye-catching facade of Posada del Frayle Bentos. I noticed while walking around town, a poster saying that there is a local bird watching group called COA Fray Bentos for anybody interested. Again I spent the later afternoon beside the river talking to a group of locals as the sun went down.

Nice for a Stopover

Fray Bentos sure is a nice
Uruguay Photo - Big cactus plant beside Plaza General Jose de San Martin in Fray Bentos, view down the street.
Big cactus plant beside Plaza General Jose de San Martin in Fray Bentos, view down the street.
place to stop for a night or 2 when the weather is good. Unfortunately most if not all other places in Uruguay at the time were bogged down in rain. I had to change my travel plans and head north.

Searching for the Sunshine

I took a bus 4hrs up to Salto where I was hoping it wouldn't be raining, but it was. I stayed the night, it was still raining the next day so I took a taxi 40mins across the border to Concordia - Argentina, slept in a cheap hotel near the bus terminal for 9hrs, then took a night bus for 8hrs (9pm-5am) north to Posadas - Argentina where I finally found the sun, man it was hot!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Fray Bentos (Uruguay) to:


Map location: Fray Bentos, Uruguay. Fray Bentos is one in a string of tranquil little towns beside a river on the western side of Uruguay. It's near others such as Mercedes, Carmelo and Paysandu. Fray Bentos is also a popular border crossing to and from Argentina!
 A : Mercedes - Uruguay 28 kms 28 kms straight distance | 51mins 51mins by car (46 kms) | 1hr 1min 1hr 1min by bus (46 kms) (46 kms)
 B : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 46 kms 46 kms straight distance | 1hr 15mins 1hr 15mins by car (81 kms) | 1hr 30mins 1hr 30mins by bus (81 kms) (81 kms)
 C : Carmelo - Uruguay 96 kms 96 kms straight distance | 2hrs 11mins 2hrs 11mins by car (146 kms) | 2hrs 37mins 2hrs 37mins by bus (146 kms) (146 kms)
 D : Colon - Argentina 101 kms 101 kms straight distance | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by car (152 kms) | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by bus (152 kms) (152 kms)
 E : Paysandu - Uruguay 92 kms 92 kms straight distance | 2hrs 4mins 2hrs 4mins by car (155 kms) | 2hrs 28mins 2hrs 28mins by bus (155 kms) (155 kms)
 F : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 159 kms 159 kms straight distance | 2hrs 28mins 2hrs 28mins by car (189 kms) | 2hrs 57mins 2hrs 57mins by bus (189 kms) (189 kms)
 G : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 154 kms 154 kms straight distance | 2hrs 48mins 2hrs 48mins by car (217 kms) | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by bus (217 kms) (217 kms)
 H : Buenos Aires - Argentina 166 kms 166 kms straight distance | 3hrs 30mins 3hrs 30mins by car (287 kms) | 4hrs 12mins 4hrs 12mins by bus (287 kms) (287 kms)
 I : Montevideo - Uruguay 261 kms 261 kms straight distance | 3hrs 37mins 3hrs 37mins by car (296 kms) | 4hrs 20mins 4hrs 20mins by bus (296 kms) (296 kms)
 J : Rosario - Argentina 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 4hrs 4hrs by car (326 kms) | 4hrs 48mins 4hrs 48mins by bus (326 kms) (326 kms)
 K : Parana - Argentina 260 kms 260 kms straight distance | 4hrs 34mins 4hrs 34mins by car (353 kms) | 5hrs 28mins 5hrs 28mins by bus (353 kms) (353 kms)
 L : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 268 kms 268 kms straight distance | 5hrs 6mins 5hrs 6mins by car (370 kms) | 6hrs 7mins 6hrs 7mins by bus (370 kms) (370 kms)
 M : Santa Fe - Argentina 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 4hrs 34mins 4hrs 34mins by car (373 kms) | 5hrs 28mins 5hrs 28mins by bus (373 kms) (373 kms)
 N : Maldonado - Uruguay 365 kms 365 kms straight distance | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by car (419 kms) | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by bus (419 kms) (419 kms)
 O : Rivera - Uruguay 355 kms 355 kms straight distance | 6hrs 36mins 6hrs 36mins by car (490 kms) | 7hrs 55mins 7hrs 55mins by bus (490 kms) (490 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.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Fray Bentos, Uruguay:

Nuevo Hotel Colonial, Fray Bentos, Uruguay - Large Photo
Nuevo Hotel Colonial, Fray Bentos, Uruguay (April 2016 - 2 nights) - The cheaper option in the center of town at $24USD per night. Rooms are big but kind-of old, the beds are thin, at least the 4 in my room were. Wifi worked well and there was also a tv. Nice woman owner. You would pay a lot less for a room like this in other countries in South America. But it was satisfactory for a couple of nights in town.

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