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Tacuarembo, Uruguay - Carlos Gardel, Birthplace Of A Tango Legend

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2012   » View Photoset (61 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The heart of gaucho country in northern Uruguay, Tacuarembo is also the birthplace of tango legend Carlos Gardel. I came here to explore the city and
Uruguay Photo - Colored houses and leafy streets in Durazno.
Colored houses and leafy streets in Durazno.
to visit the Carlos Gardel Museum in Valle Eden (Eden Valley).

Montevideo to Tacuarembo

I left Montevideo by bus north 2hrs to Durazno. I had a brief look around before taking another bus 1hr north to Paso de los Tores. From here it is 1hr 30mins on a different bus up to Tacuarembo.

Hotel

Like most cities in Uruguay that are not big tourist destinations, budget hotel prices are excessive. I payed over $30USD for a dingy room for 2 without a bathroom. Uruguay hotel owners need to have a careful think about their prices - do they want people to visit and recommend their cities and stay more than 1 night or not?

Walk Around the Center

I spent the next day exploring the city and sights. The bus terminal is named after Carlos Gardel, but has a bust of the Minister of Transport and Public Works - Juan Carlos Raffo outside, he's not even dead. To get to the center from here, walk west over the bridge and 4 blocks more to the main square - Plaza 19 de Abril. The plaza is big, it has tree-lined walkways on the corners leading into a huge open courtyard in the middle, a statue of
Uruguay Photo - Jaime Ros cast, founder of the Santa Cruz church in Tacuarembo.
Jaime Ros cast, founder of the Santa Cruz church in Tacuarembo.
Artigas stands at one end of the courtyard. On the street on the other side of the plaza is the attractive stone church - Catedral de San Fructuoso built in 1899, it's a national historical monument. I believe it is also known as Iglesia de la Santa Cruz. Around the plaza, rows of bicycles and motor scooters are parked on the roadside and horses and carts trot by regularly. Within a couple of blocks from here are 2 museums, Museo del Indio y del Gaucho (Indian and Gaucho Museum) and Museo Geociencias (Geosciences Museum). 4 blocks away is Plaza Cristobal Colon, a shady plaza with many trees and a bust of Christopher Columbus, the plaza is not that flash really. I am a bit of a plaza freak sometimes and wanted to see the other of Tacuarembo's 3 plazas -
Uruguay Photo - Plaza Cristobal Colon near the center of Tacuarembo.
Plaza Cristobal Colon near the center of Tacuarembo.
Plaza Bernabe Rivera, 6 blocks walk. Along the way more horses and carts and locals riding bicycles and motor scooters passed by. This plaza is more attractive than the previous one with its nice paths, palm trees and central area. There are monuments to J.P. Varela (1845-1879) - an educator and Dr. Ivo Ferreira Bueno (1888-1970). Across the road is a brown brick church and a large white cross.

Gaucho Town

While I walked back into the center of town and towards the bus terminal to go to the Carlos Gardel Museum, I saw a few gauchos walking around! Men with long black boots with their pants tucked in, hats and smart jackets.

How to get to the Carlos Gardel Museum

It's 23km from Tacuarembo to the main road entrance of the Carlos Gardel Museum, but you must walk 1km from there to the museum or somehow
Uruguay Photo - Looking from the Carlos Gardel Museum to Valle Eden train station near Tacuarembo.
Looking from the Carlos Gardel Museum to Valle Eden train station near Tacuarembo.
get a ride, it's a little remote. I was lucky to thumb down a ride for some of the way up to the camping ground 'El Mago Carlos Gardel', the rest of the walk took me over a wooden foot bridge across the river and past an archaeological site called Memorial del Motociclista. I continued over the train tracks and turned right at the T intersection and walked past Carlos Gardel School up on the hill to the left, on the opposite side is the museum. Here's a tip, you can actually turn right and walk along the train tracks to get to the museum, it's much quicker.

Tango and Songs - Carlos Gardel

So I was now at the famous museum and birthplace of tango legend Carlos Gardel (1890-1935). I was worried it wouldn't be open because it was a Monday and the Lonely Planet said it was closed on Mondays.
Uruguay Photo - Newspaper clippings gallery at Museo Carlos Gardel at Valle Eden in Tacuarembo.
Newspaper clippings gallery at Museo Carlos Gardel at Valle Eden in Tacuarembo.
However, everyone in town that I had asked said it would be open and I can indeed confirm that it is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fee is 20 pesos ($1USD). I'm going to tell you what I saw in the museum! There is a nice ambience with his music playing, a life size cut-out photograph stands near the door and photographs of his parents on a wall. Next is a large copy of his birth certificate. You probably know about the controversy surrounding Carlos Gardels birthplace between Uruguay, Argentina and France. All I know is that he had a Uruguayan birth certificate and I was standing right in front of it. Next I saw photos of him in his school continuing to adult life. There's a piano, a guitar, accordion and an old gramophone cabinet. There's newspaper
Uruguay Photo - Horse and cart rests on the roadside in Tacuarembo.
Horse and cart rests on the roadside in Tacuarembo.
clippings, posters, career artwork, his family tree and many more photos from his films and performances. Next door is a cinema to view film clips of the man. I enjoyed the museum and was glad to have made the effort to do something a little off the beaten track. I took many photos and made a short 'walk through' film at the museum. Tango Bar 1935 is one of his most famous films.

Death of a Tango Legend

Carlos Gardel died in 1935 in an airplane crash in Medellin (Colombia) and is buried at La Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires.

Getting Back to Town

The train station of Valle Eden is just behind the museum. To get back I walked along the tracks to the road and walked back to the main highway.
Uruguay Photo - Big white cross and brown brick church in Tacuarembo beside plaza.
Big white cross and brown brick church in Tacuarembo beside plaza.
Buses from here into Tacuarembo are not frequent though I managed to hitch a ride all the way to town.

4 Countries in 1 Night

I had put my backpack and things into storage at the bus terminal earlier in the day. I planned a full night of traveling ahead. Exit Uruguay, cut the corner of Brazil, travel through a slice of Argentina to get to Paraguay by the morning. This is how it went down, it was fun, like a big mission. Left Tacuarembo at around 5pm, bus 3hrs to the Uruguayan town of Artigas on the northern border. Crossed to Quarai in Brazil, changed currency. Ate the most gigantic hotdog I have ever seen. Waited in the bus terminal for 3 hours for a 2hr bus to Uruguaiana on the border of Argentina. Crossed to Paso de los Libres in Argentina, changed currency. Waited 3 hours for a 5hr bus ride up to Posadas on the border of Paraguay. Crossed the river to Encarnacion in Paraguay at 8:40am, changed currency. Wow, what a blast, mission accomplished! Now that's a top 'thing to do' for any 'top things to do list' in my opinion. Best thing about it was that I wasn't alone, my girlfriend was with me!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Tacuarembo / Durazno (Uruguay) to:


Map location: Tacuarembo / Durazno, Uruguay. The heart of gaucho country in northern Uruguay! Tacuarembo is also the birthplace of tango legend Carlos Gardel. I came here to explore the city and to visit the Carlos Gardel Museum in Valle Eden (Eden Valley)!
 A : Rivera - Uruguay 97 kms 97 kms straight distance | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by car (125 kms) | 2hrs 9mins 2hrs 9mins by bus (125 kms) (125 kms)
 B : Uruguay Border, Livramento to Uriguiana - Brazil 146 kms 146 kms straight distance | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by car (202 kms) | 3hrs 31mins 3hrs 31mins by bus (202 kms) (202 kms)
 C : Colon - Argentina 210 kms 210 kms straight distance | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by car (241 kms) | 4hrs 9mins 4hrs 9mins by bus (241 kms) (241 kms)
 D : Paysandu - Uruguay 211 kms 211 kms straight distance | 3hrs 41mins 3hrs 41mins by car (246 kms) | 4hrs 25mins 4hrs 25mins by bus (246 kms) (246 kms)
 E : Mercedes - Uruguay 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by car (354 kms) | 6hrs 1min 6hrs 1min by bus (354 kms) (354 kms)
 F : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 268 kms 268 kms straight distance | 4hrs 57mins 4hrs 57mins by car (360 kms) | 5hrs 56mins 5hrs 56mins by bus (360 kms) (360 kms)
 G : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 315 kms 315 kms straight distance | 4hrs 38mins 4hrs 38mins by car (369 kms) | 5hrs 33mins 5hrs 33mins by bus (369 kms) (369 kms)
 H : Montevideo - Uruguay 346 kms 346 kms straight distance | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by car (394 kms) | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by bus (394 kms) (394 kms)
 I : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 289 kms 289 kms straight distance | 5hrs 17mins 5hrs 17mins by car (417 kms) | 6hrs 20mins 6hrs 20mins by bus (417 kms) (417 kms)
 J : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 348 kms 348 kms straight distance | 5hrs 13mins 5hrs 13mins by car (418 kms) | 6hrs 15mins 6hrs 15mins by bus (418 kms) (418 kms)
 K : Carmelo - Uruguay 330 kms 330 kms straight distance | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by car (423 kms) | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by bus (423 kms) (423 kms)
 L : Chuy - Uruguay 323 kms 323 kms straight distance | 6hrs 10mins 6hrs 10mins by car (468 kms) | 7hrs 24mins 7hrs 24mins by bus (468 kms) (468 kms)
 M : Rio Grande - Brazil 361 kms 361 kms straight distance | 6hrs 7mins 6hrs 7mins by car (479 kms) | 7hrs 20mins 7hrs 20mins by bus (479 kms) (479 kms)
 N : Maldonado - Uruguay 366 kms 366 kms straight distance | 5hrs 49mins 5hrs 49mins by car (492 kms) | 6hrs 58mins 6hrs 58mins by bus (492 kms) (492 kms)
 O : Punta del Este - Uruguay 371 kms 371 kms straight distance | 5hrs 59mins 5hrs 59mins by car (499 kms) | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by bus (499 kms) (499 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 Tacuarembo, Uruguay:

Pension Su Casa, Tacuarembo, Uruguay - Large Photo
Pension Su Casa, Tacuarembo, Uruguay (June 2012 - 1 night) - An overpriced ugly room with shared bathroom. The hotel is run by a grumpy old woman and frankly I would not recommend this place to anyone. Like many places in Uruguay, basic accommodation is very overpriced.

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