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Uruguay - Travel Blog & Photos from a Backpacker

Places, Experiences, Info, Tips + 607 Photos from Uruguay

The easy going nature of the Uruguayan people make Uruguay a fun place to travel. Montevideo is a city where many interesting sights can be seen! On a Friday night in Montevideo you may see couples dancing tango in the street to music. By day the old city is an amazing area to walk and wander down to the sea to view the fishermen on the wharf. On Sunday you must visit the huge market and see inside the cathedral. Uruguay is also the safest country in South America to travel in.

I spent 4 days in Uruguay in 2008, I enjoyed Montevideo a lot and from there I travelled directly north to Rivera on the border of Brazil. In 2012 I returned to Uruguay for 8 days and saw some new places like Paysandu, Colonia, Mercedes and Tacuarembo. In 2013 I spent a few days in Punta del Este, Maldonado and Chuy. In 2016 I stayed in Colonia del Sacramento and spent a couple of days in Fray Bentos! I plan to return in the future and see more of this interesting country. Here are my experiences and story.
Read more about Fray Bentos
Fray Bentos: Tranquil Town Beside The River With Beautiful Sunsets  » photoset (74 photos) «
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, just across the international bridge to or from the city of Gualeguaychu. More
Read more about Montevideo
Montevideo: A Fantastic City To Explore  » photoset (124 photos) «
In 2012 I visited Montevideo again and saw many more things as well as again seeing the Sunday markets - 'La Feria Tristan Narvaja Flea Market'. In the 4yrs between my very first time in Montevideo and in South America in 2008 I had travelled extensively in the continent for over 2yrs on 3 other trips. More
Read more about Punta del Este
Punta del Este: Playground Of The Rich And Famous  » photoset (43 photos) «
September is definitely not peak season in Punta del Este, the beaches and town were deserted. Having said that I don't know if I would want to be here in the middle of peak season either (Christmas to late February). Next time I think I will come between March and May. More
Read more about Paysandu
Paysandu: On The Border With Argentina  » photoset (34 photos) «
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, 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. More
Read more about Mercedes
Mercedes: I Enjoyed This City Beside The River Banks  » photoset (57 photos) «
Mercedes is a lovely small city on the banks of the Negro River inland from the Uruguay River and the border with Argentina. Walking around Mercedes is captivating with its many eye-catching streets, colorful houses and tree-lined footpaths. Being beside the river brings a definite sense of being able to relax and take it easy, go fishing or just enjoy the peace of nature. More
Read more about Mercedes to Carmelo
Mercedes to Carmelo: Nice Places To Visit Along The Way  » photoset (24 photos) «
I travelled south from Mercedes to Carmelo on Ruta 21 which took 2hrs, the bus passed through the small cities of Dolores and Palmira, it was a scenic journey and I tried to capture this in the photos that I took along the way. During the first hour to Dolores we passed many cattle farms with their windmills, tractors and rows of tall trees. More
Read more about Carmelo
Carmelo: Small And Tranquil Town Beside The River  » photoset (25 photos) «
The small city of Carmelo sits on the edge of the Rio de la Plata, northwest of both Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo and just 2hrs by boat from Buenos Aires. I arrived in Carmelo from Mercedes 2hrs north on Route 21, I stayed the night and had a look around the city. More
Read more about Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento: Walk Around An Historical Neighborhood From The 1600's  » photoset (117 photos) «
The historical neighbourhood 'Barrio Historico' of Colonia del Sacramento is one of the most well-preserved old cities that I have seen in South America, so well-preserved and very attractive to walk around, like Cartagena in Colombia. There are plenty of websites that tell you about the history of Colonia and that it was originally founded by the Portuguese in 1680, but changed hands between the Portuguese and Spanish many times before it became part of the independent country of Uruguay. More
Read more about Tacuarembo / Durazno
Tacuarembo / Durazno: The Birthplace Of Tango Legend Carlos Gardel  » photoset (61 photos) «
The heart of gaucho country in northern Uruguay, Tacuarembo is also the birthplace of tango legend Carlos Gardel. I went there to explore the city and to visit the Carlos Gardel Museum in Valle Eden (Eden Valley). 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 there it was 1hr 30mins on a different bus up to Tacuarembo. More
Read more about Maldonado
Maldonado: A Few Historical Sights And Many Shops  » photoset (23 photos) «
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. I arrived in the center of town at the main square Plaza de San Fernando de Maldonado, there are several sights around this area. More
Read more about Chuy
Chuy: See Fort San Miguel Before Crossing Into Brazil  » photoset (15 photos) «
North to Chuy from Punta del Diablo took just 1hr by bus, the weather was extremely bad, raining hard. I was on my way up to southern Brazil but first I really wanted to see the San Miguel Fort 7kms west of town (Fuerte San Miguel). I was thinking twice several times about even going. More
Read more about Buenos Aires to Montevideo
Buenos Aires to Montevideo: Take The Ferry Across The Rio De La Plata  » photoset (7 photos) «
I caught the ferry from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay and got a bus east to Montevideo. 3hrs on the ferry and 2hrs 30mins on the bus. This part of the Rio de la Plata is very murky and brown due to erosion and other activities - I don't think there would be anything living down there. More
Read more about Rivera
Rivera: Small Town On The Border With Brazil
I came to Rivera from Montevideo which took 6hrs by bus. The reason 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. More

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