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Maldonado, Uruguay - The Dragon's Barracks Top Highlight

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - September 2013   » View Photoset (23 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

City Tour

I visited Maldonado for a few hours while I was staying in nearby Punta del Este, it was a rainy day but I did my best to see a few sights between downpours.
Uruguay Photo - People eating hamburgers and hotdogs wall art in Maldonado.
People eating hamburgers and hotdogs wall art in Maldonado.
I arrived in the center of town at the main square Plaza de San Fernando de Maldonado, there are several sights around this area. The most eye-catching is the pink neoclassical cathedral built during the 1800's. The plaza is large and is surrounded by mainly shops. A statue of General Artigas stands in the middle. 2 other historical buildings around the plaza are also pink, the police station and Paseo de San Fernando.

Dragon's Barracks Top Highlight

Probably the top highlight though is the Dragons Barracks (Cuartel de Dragones), an old military fort right across the road from the plaza built in the late 1700's. Here you can see stone buildings including the chapel, the foundations of other buildings, the military hospital, the plaza, cannon, statue and an old horse-pulled cart. There is also a museum onsite - Museo Didactico Artiguista.

The Watchtower

During a spell of rain I sat down for a bite to eat near the plaza, on the wall was a painting of something that looked important, a local relic. I asked someone where it was and walked a few blocks to find the Torre del Vigia, the watchtower built in 1801 to watch
Uruguay Photo - A light green church with a bell in central Maldonado.
A light green church with a bell in central Maldonado.
for ships coming from the Rio de la Plata. There is a cannon on the grass nearby. I came across a school with a monument to educator Jose Pedro Varela (1845-1879), a man who greatly influenced the education system of Uruguay. A saw a stone statue of Manuel Mendoza Estremera (born in 1792) - el Nino Chasque, a child who helped the poor and other children. The weather had really turned bad now, I saw a few other minor things while walking to find a bus back to Punta del Este, but nothing special.

Museums and Shopping

One thing I can say about Maldonado is that it is full of shops of all kind, it is definitely a place to go shopping. Maldonado is also known for its museums including the Sea Museum (Museo del Mar), the Museum of American Art (Museo de Arte Americano), Museo Nicolas Garcia Uriburu and Museo Mazzoni. So I guess the motto of this story is that if you are in Punta del Este and it's not beach weather you can always come to Maldonado and tour around the museums of the city. Enjoy!

     

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Map location: Maldonado, Uruguay. I visited Maldonado for a few hours while I was staying in nearby Punta del Este, it was a rainy day but I did my best to see a few sights between downpours. There's an an old military fort right across the road from the plaza built in the late 1700's called the Dragons Barracks (Cuartel de Dragones).
 A : Punta del Este - Uruguay 6 kms 6 kms straight distance | 13mins 13mins by car (7 kms) | 15mins 15mins by bus (7 kms) (7 kms)
 B : Montevideo - Uruguay 125 kms 125 kms straight distance | 2hrs 2mins 2hrs 2mins by car (146 kms) | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by bus (146 kms) (146 kms)
 C : Chuy - Uruguay 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 2hrs 47mins 2hrs 47mins by car (220 kms) | 3hrs 20mins 3hrs 20mins by bus (220 kms) (220 kms)
 D : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 226 kms 226 kms straight distance | 3hrs 15mins 3hrs 15mins by car (257 kms) | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by bus (257 kms) (257 kms)
 E : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 265 kms 265 kms straight distance | 3hrs 43mins 3hrs 43mins by car (302 kms) | 4hrs 27mins 4hrs 27mins by bus (302 kms) (302 kms)
 F : Carmelo - Uruguay 319 kms 319 kms straight distance | 4hrs 35mins 4hrs 35mins by car (362 kms) | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by bus (362 kms) (362 kms)
 G : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 5hrs 2mins 5hrs 2mins by car (384 kms) | 6hrs 2mins 6hrs 2mins by bus (384 kms) (384 kms)
 H : Mercedes - Uruguay 337 kms 337 kms straight distance | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by car (385 kms) | 6hrs 1min 6hrs 1min by bus (385 kms) (385 kms)
 I : Buenos Aires - Argentina 328 kms 328 kms straight distance | 7hrs 7mins 7hrs 7mins by car (401 kms) | 8hrs 32mins 8hrs 32mins by bus (401 kms) (401 kms)
 J : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 365 kms 365 kms straight distance | 5hrs 22mins 5hrs 22mins by car (419 kms) | 6hrs 26mins 6hrs 26mins by bus (419 kms) (419 kms)
 K : Rio Grande - Brazil 407 kms 407 kms straight distance | 5hrs 9mins 5hrs 9mins by car (446 kms) | 6hrs 10mins 6hrs 10mins by bus (446 kms) (446 kms)
 L : Colon - Argentina 418 kms 418 kms straight distance | 5hrs 57mins 5hrs 57mins by car (487 kms) | 7hrs 8mins 7hrs 8mins by bus (487 kms) (487 kms)
 M : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 366 kms 366 kms straight distance | 5hrs 47mins 5hrs 47mins by car (492 kms) | 6hrs 56mins 6hrs 56mins by bus (492 kms) (492 kms)
 N : Paysandu - Uruguay 410 kms 410 kms straight distance | 6hrs 10mins 6hrs 10mins by car (492 kms) | 7hrs 24mins 7hrs 24mins by bus (492 kms) (492 kms)
 O : Rivera - Uruguay 446 kms 446 kms straight distance | 7hrs 7mins 7hrs 7mins by car (603 kms) | 8hrs 32mins 8hrs 32mins by bus (603 kms) (603 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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