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Paysandu, Uruguay - Attractions Near The Border Of Argentina

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2012   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I crossed the border from Argentina at Colon into Uruguay at Paysandu, it was a quick 45min bus ride across the General Artigas International Bridge,
Uruguay Photo - Red Fiat 500 on street outside a yellow house near the port in Paysandu.
Red Fiat 500 on street outside a yellow house near the port in Paysandu.
passport procedures were fast and simple. From the bus terminal I walked to the city center to the tourist office and asked about some budget accommodation. I stopped at a couple of hotels along the way but their prices were definitely not for backpackers. The tourist office were helpful but really there is nothing accommodationwise in Paysandu for the budget traveler and I ended up having to spend around $35USD for a room for 2 without a bathroom. It seems that in Uruguay, if you are not in a touristy town, hotels are overpriced. Excessive hotel prices would be the theme of these travels of mine in Uruguay. I couldn't afford to stay in Paysandu more than one night so I set out to explore as much as I could in one day.

Sounds Serious

Paysandu is the Capital of Artiguismo which apparently is a set of political, economic and social ideas of Jose Gervasio Artigas, sounds quite serious to me.

Plaza Constitucion

Plaza Constitucion with the tourist office on one side has a nice open feel to it, there is a big fountain and monument to General Leandro Gomez in
Uruguay Photo - The sunny Plaza Jose Pedro Varela in Paysandu with tall palm trees.
The sunny Plaza Jose Pedro Varela in Paysandu with tall palm trees.
the center, the General lived from 1811-1865. He defended Paysandu against Brazil in 1864, he was executed in Paysandu. The cathedral is impressive with its 6 tall white columns and stairs leading up, it has a name to match also 'Basilica Nuestra Senora del Rosario y San Benito de Palermo'. On the other side of the plaza are some colorful flower gardens and a monument to Adolfo Piaggio who directed the 1st performance of the Paysandu Municipal Band in 1926.

Down the Main Road

From the plaza leading down is the main street Av 18 de Julio which has plenty of shops, a few banks, but not many places to eat. At the very bottom of the road, about 10mins walk, I came to Plaza Jose Artigas. This is in the direction of the river and beaches, the international
Uruguay Photo - Statue, fountain and church at Plaza Constitucion in Paysandu.
Statue, fountain and church at Plaza Constitucion in Paysandu.
bridge and the Uruguay River Amphitheater. General Jose Artigas stands high in the plaza upon his horse, there are some colorful trees and flowers and big open spaces to walk around. There are a bunch of bust statues to firstly Juan Escayola (1871-1944) - a legendary gaucho, we have Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) - singer and tango legend, lastly to Dr Luis P. Lenguas.

River and Port

Heading towards the river and port down a long straight road lined with big leafy trees, this was definitely the historical part of Paysandu. The square shaped houses with their square doorways and square windows, pavements with lamps and bench seats, it was interesting. A few streets back from the port I came to an old church called Parroquia San Ramon, it has
Uruguay Photo - Dr Luis P. Lenguas, bust in Plaza Artigas in Paysandu.
Dr Luis P. Lenguas, bust in Plaza Artigas in Paysandu.
a pair of towers and four blue columns at the front. Bordering the port is Plaza Colon, there is an anchor, a cannon and a monument to Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva (1763-1838) - a Brazilian statesman. I would say the plaza is named after the town in Argentina across the other side of the river. I now entered the port of Paysandu, the old Navy building is historic and has a small plaza next to it with flag, anchor, an old beacon, a boat and homage to General Artigas. Some locals were fishing at the rivers edge below the grassy park area, the park has an artwork in the form of a woman setting a bird free and a photo and newspaper clipping of a special Uruguayan. The photo is of tango legend Carlos Gardel, in 1933 he came to Paysandu to sing
Uruguay Photo - Sculpture of woman releasing a bird into the sky at the Paysandu port.
Sculpture of woman releasing a bird into the sky at the Paysandu port.
at the theatre Teatro Florencio Sanchez and he visited the park I was standing in. I walked along the road adjacent to the river in search of a monument called the Obelisco. Once I got there it wasn't really anything great, just a tall yellow column. It was built in 1978 to remember that Jose Artigas disembarked on this coast in 1811. Across the road there is a small park with water feature, flag and monument to Jose of San Martin.

Taxi Tour

I was a long way from the center of town and it was hot. I asked a taxi driver to take me to some nice places to see. We went to Plaza Francisco Acuna de Figueroa, a beautiful shady place, this man was a Uruguayan writer and poet (1791-1862). Next I went to see another nice plaza called Plaza Jose Pedro Varela,
Uruguay Photo - Small park in Paysandu with monument to Jose of San Martin.
Small park in Paysandu with monument to Jose of San Martin.
this is a more sunny place and has a group of tall bushy palm trees. It's a nice open space and has an attractive monument to Mr Varela, he was a politician and journalist (1845-1879).

More Attractions and Things To Do

There's many more attractions in and around Paysandu! There are the thermal areas of Guaviyu and Almiron with natural hot pools for rest and relaxation. There is an historical site with ruins called the Ruinas del Saladero Guaviyu. Paysandu has a few museums, Museo Historico and Museo de la Tradicion. There are more plazas - Rivera, Lavalleja and Bella Vista. Paysandu has a zoo park and 2 great monuments Monumento a la Perpetuidad and the Meseta de Artigas. The annual beer festival is in April, a big event in Paysandu.

Bus 2hrs 40mins to Mercedes

I made my way to the bus terminal where I travelled south to Mercedes, 2hrs 40mins. I enjoyed Paysandu with the limited time I could stay.

     

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


Map location: Paysandu, Uruguay. I crossed the border from Argentina at Colon into Uruguay at Paysandu, it was a quick 45min bus ride across the General Artigas International Bridge. Paysandu is a pleasant city near the river, it has various sights to see!
 A : Colon - Argentina 9 kms 9 kms straight distance | 26mins 26mins by car (12 kms) | 31mins 31mins by bus (12 kms) (12 kms)
 B : Mercedes - Uruguay 105 kms 105 kms straight distance | 2hrs 25mins 2hrs 25mins by car (149 kms) | 2hrs 54mins 2hrs 54mins by bus (149 kms) (149 kms)
 C : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 92 kms 92 kms straight distance | 2hrs 7mins 2hrs 7mins by car (155 kms) | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by bus (155 kms) (155 kms)
 D : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 136 kms 136 kms straight distance | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by car (184 kms) | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by bus (184 kms) (184 kms)
 E : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 211 kms 211 kms straight distance | 3hrs 40mins 3hrs 40mins by car (246 kms) | 4hrs 24mins 4hrs 24mins by bus (246 kms) (246 kms)
 F : Carmelo - Uruguay 187 kms 187 kms straight distance | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by car (249 kms) | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by bus (249 kms) (249 kms)
 G : Parana - Argentina 238 kms 238 kms straight distance | 3hrs 57mins 3hrs 57mins by car (280 kms) | 4hrs 44mins 4hrs 44mins by bus (280 kms) (280 kms)
 H : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 234 kms 234 kms straight distance | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by car (293 kms) | 4hrs 50mins 4hrs 50mins by bus (293 kms) (293 kms)
 I : Santa Fe - Argentina 259 kms 259 kms straight distance | 3hrs 58mins 3hrs 58mins by car (301 kms) | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by bus (301 kms) (301 kms)
 J : Rosario - Argentina 255 kms 255 kms straight distance | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by car (318 kms) | 4hrs 40mins 4hrs 40mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 K : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 240 kms 240 kms straight distance | 4hrs 23mins 4hrs 23mins by car (320 kms) | 5hrs 15mins 5hrs 15mins by bus (320 kms) (320 kms)
 L : Buenos Aires - Argentina 259 kms 259 kms straight distance | 3hrs 47mins 3hrs 47mins by car (329 kms) | 4hrs 32mins 4hrs 32mins by bus (329 kms) (329 kms)
 M : Rivera - Uruguay 285 kms 285 kms straight distance | 5hrs 11mins 5hrs 11mins by car (367 kms) | 6hrs 13mins 6hrs 13mins by bus (367 kms) (367 kms)
 N : Montevideo - Uruguay 323 kms 323 kms straight distance | 4hrs 38mins 4hrs 38mins by car (380 kms) | 5hrs 33mins 5hrs 33mins by bus (380 kms) (380 kms)
 O : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 293 kms 293 kms straight distance | 6hrs 21mins 6hrs 21mins by car (524 kms) | 7hrs 37mins 7hrs 37mins by bus (524 kms) (524 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 Paysandu, Uruguay:

Alojamiento Paysandu, Paysandu, Uruguay - Large Photo
Alojamiento Paysandu, Paysandu, Uruguay (May 2012 - 1 night) - Large room but expensive and overpriced - typical of accommodation in Uruguay, shared bathroom. Located between the bus terminal and the main plaza and tourist office.

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