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Uruguay - Travel Blog & Photos from a Backpacker



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.
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Port City & Easy Border Crossing To Argentina - Fray Bentos

 » photoset (74 photos) « Fray Bentos is one in a string of tranquil little towns beside a river on the western side of Uruguay close to Argentina. It's near others such as Mercedes, Carmelo and Paysandu. Fray Bentos is a popular border crossing to and from Argentina, just across the international bridge to or from the city of Gualeguaychu. More   date: April 2016
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Points Of Interest Include Salvo Palace - Montevideo

 » photoset (124 photos) « In 2012 I visited Montevideo for the 2nd time 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   date: March 2008, May 2012
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Weather Is Best From Christmas To Late February - Punta del Este

 » 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   date: September 2013
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Attractions Near The Border Of Argentina - Paysandu

 » 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. More   date: May 2012
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Town Near Fray Bentos With A River & Island - Mercedes

 » 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   date: May 2012
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2hrs Bus (105kms) Via Dolores & Palmira - Mercedes to Carmelo

 » photoset (24 photos) « I travelled south from Mercedes to Carmelo on Ruta 21 which took 2hrs (105kms). 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   date: May 2012
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Riverside Town With Day Tours From Buenos Aires - Carmelo

 » photoset (25 photos) « The small city of Carmelo sits on the edge of the Rio de la Plata (river), northwest of both Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo and just 2hrs by boat from Buenos Aires with Colonia Express. I arrived in Carmelo from Mercedes 2hrs north on Route 21. More   date: May 2012
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Easy Day Trip By Ferry From Buenos Aires - Colonia del Sacramento

 » 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. Colonia is an easy day trip by ferry from Buenos Aires and 2hrs 30mins west of Montevideo. More   date: May 2012, April 2016
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Carlos Gardel, Birthplace Of A Tango Legend - Tacuarembo

 » photoset (61 photos) « 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). I left Montevideo by bus north 2hrs to Durazno. More   date: June 2012
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The Dragon's Barracks Top Highlight - Maldonado

 » 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   date: September 2013
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Fortress At The Brazilian Border Crossing - Chuy

 » 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   date: September 2013
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Ferry and Bus Combo Ticket - Buenos Aires to Montevideo

 » photoset (7 photos) « In 2008 I caught the ferry from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay and took a bus east to Montevideo. 3hrs on the ferry and 2hrs 30mins on the bus. The ferry and bus were on a combo ticket. This was during the day and the ferry and bus were full. More   date: Mar 2008, Sep 2013, Apr 2016
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Free Shops Galore On The Border Of Brazil - Rivera

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   date: March 2008



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