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Rivera, Uruguay - Free Shops Galore On The Border Of Brazil

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2008

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I came to Rivera from Montevideo which took 6hrs by bus. The reason
Uruguay Photo - Rivera street, picture 2.
Rivera street, picture 2.
I came here is because I drew a straight line from Montevideo to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina during my very first trip to South America and decided to go for this direct route approach. I arrived here at about midnight, got in a taxi and asked the man to take me to Hotel el Cheapo (a budget hotel) where I had a shower and some slumber.

Free Flowing

Rivera is a combined border town with Brazil's Santana do Livramento. The residents can flow freely across the border between the 2 cities. That's not a bad deal because Rivera is full of duty free shops. I was well off the beaten track and I was the only gringo in town (seriously). I didn't do a lot in Rivera apart from eat breakfast, get a haircut for 35 cents and see a statue of Artigas (the National Hero) in the plaza while walking around the streets. The surrounding
Uruguay Photo - Looking from Rivera up towards the border of Brazil.
Looking from Rivera up towards the border of Brazil.
region is known for its cattle ranches and the growing of crops such as corn, rice, fruit and potatoes.

Braziluguay Border Crossing

I walked up the road towards Brazil where on the border there are 2 big flags, one for each country. I did the obligational jump from one country to the other and then stood on the line, which must have been the country of Braziluguay. There's no customs, no border control, no fence, no police, no nothing, just hotdog stands, street vendors and markets. I didn't get a stamp on my passport and had some explaining to do when I tried to cross from Brazil back into Argentina a few days later. I had to bring out my map and show them where I had crossed into Brazil. The Argentinian border police also wanted to know and I also showed my map to them. Apparently I was supposed to go and find the passport stampers in their office! I didn't know about this at the time.

     


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


Map location: Rivera, Uruguay. Rivera is a small border town in the north of Uruguay close to Brazil. I came here, spent the night and crossed the border but I couldn't find the passport police for an exit stamp!
 A : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 68 kms 68 kms straight distance | 1hr 33mins 1hr 33mins by car (85 kms) | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by bus (85 kms) (85 kms)
 B : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 97 kms 97 kms straight distance | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by car (124 kms) | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by bus (124 kms) (124 kms)
 C : Colon - Argentina 282 kms 282 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5hrs by car (362 kms) | 6hrs 6hrs by bus (362 kms) (362 kms)
 D : Paysandu - Uruguay 285 kms 285 kms straight distance | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by car (367 kms) | 6hrs 16mins 6hrs 16mins by bus (367 kms) (367 kms)
 E : Rio Grande - Brazil 346 kms 346 kms straight distance | 4hrs 53mins 4hrs 53mins by car (392 kms) | 5hrs 51mins 5hrs 51mins by bus (392 kms) (392 kms)
 F : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 355 kms 355 kms straight distance | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by car (480 kms) | 7hrs 48mins 7hrs 48mins by bus (480 kms) (480 kms)
 G : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 412 kms 412 kms straight distance | 5hrs 59mins 5hrs 59mins by car (480 kms) | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by bus (480 kms) (480 kms)
 H : Porto Alegre - Brazil 420 kms 420 kms straight distance | 6hrs 5mins 6hrs 5mins by car (492 kms) | 7hrs 18mins 7hrs 18mins by bus (492 kms) (492 kms)
 I : Montevideo - Uruguay 439 kms 439 kms straight distance | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by car (505 kms) | 7hrs 19mins 7hrs 19mins by bus (505 kms) (505 kms)
 J : Chuy - Uruguay 367 kms 367 kms straight distance | 7hrs 8mins 7hrs 8mins by car (510 kms) | 8hrs 33mins 8hrs 33mins by bus (510 kms) (510 kms)
 K : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 381 kms 381 kms straight distance | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by car (528 kms) | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by bus (528 kms) (528 kms)
 L : Mercedes - Uruguay 348 kms 348 kms straight distance | 6hrs 37mins 6hrs 37mins by car (529 kms) | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by bus (529 kms) (529 kms)
 M : Carmelo - Uruguay 425 kms 425 kms straight distance | 6hrs 47mins 6hrs 47mins by car (534 kms) | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by bus (534 kms) (534 kms)
 N : Posadas - Argentina 393 kms 393 kms straight distance | 7hrs 44mins 7hrs 44mins by car (589 kms) | 9hrs 16mins 9hrs 16mins by bus (589 kms) (589 kms)
 O : Encarnacion & the Jesuit Ruins - Paraguay 405 kms 405 kms straight distance | 8hrs 20mins 8hrs 20mins by car (602 kms) | 10hrs 10hrs by bus (602 kms) (602 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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