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URUGUAY Uruguay, one of the smallest of the South American republics, is located by the Atlantic Ocean between Argentina and Brazil. Its population is about 3 million inhabitants, half of which live in the capital, Montevideo. Its 500 km (300 miles) of fine sandy beaches, forests, hills, hot springs, art festivals, numerous opportunities for sport and entertainment, and above all its people, make Uruguay an ideal place to visit all year round. Distance Chart in km




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SummerBus is a Hop-On Hop-Off backpackers bus service that has no time limit on its ticket, so you can travel along the coast of Uruguay whenever you like and start from anywhere on the route. You can visit up to 12 amazing destinations such as: Punta del Diablo, Punta del Este, Cabo Polonio, La Pedrera, La Paloma, Montevideo, Valizas, La Barra, Aguas Dulces, Jose Ignacio, Manantiales and Maldonado, staying as many days as you want in each place. They will pick you up and drop you off at the hostel of your choice, so Hop-On, sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes while you meet lots of other travellers. * The easiest way to travel the Uruguayan coast. * A fun way to meet people. * Very flexible, no limit of time or numbers of stops. * Really cheap, US$ 95 for 12 destinations of the Uruguayan coast. Buy your ticket online or through many hostels in Uruguay or Buenos Aires!

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO Its privileged position on a cape at the Río de la Plata provoked many disputes between different rulers during its history, resulting in a mix of beautiful Portuguese colonial buildings and typical Spanish style houses. The charming Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Take a journey back in time and stroll around this remarkable place with its cobblestone streets to visit the Plaza Mayor (main square) with Casa de Nacarello and Casa del Virrey, the Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs) with houses from the 1st colonial period, the ruins of the San Francisco convent and the lighthouse (El Faro). Colonia also houses interesting museums like the Museo Municipal (Casa del Almirante Brown) and Museo Portugués on Plaza Mayor, the Museo del Azulejo (Tile Museum) and more. A highlight of any visit is definitely enjoying a colourful sunset over the Río de la Plata and making the gorgeous walk over the Rambla de las Americas along the water to Real de San Carlos, 4km from Colonia. This is the beach area to go to, and while you’re there, check out the impressive bull fight ring. Well worth a visit is the Aarón de Anchorena National Park 30km northeast of the city. This is the presidential resting residence with an exotic park and a 75m high tower with panoramic views that reach Buenos Aires. 8




Washington Barbot 164 This hostel has high ceilings with wide COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO skylights, neat fireplaces, cable TV and +598 45222683 DVDs, great BBQ area, a solarium and a hip bar. There are private rooms with beautiful views and dorms, all ensuite and with A/C. Located 700 m away from the port and bus station, just a 100 m from the famous “Historical Town”, and 1500 m from beautiful beaches! Bike rentals and horseback riding outings, FUN!

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MONTEVIDEO Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is a vibrant mix of architectural styles and cultures. The heart of the city is Plaza Independencia, where the old & new city meets. It’s a massive square with the mausoleum of General Artigas, who led Uruguay to its independence, and the Teatro Solis and Government House. Avenida 18 de Julio, east of the plaza, splits the new city in half and is the main commercial street, with loads of impressive buildings in an eclectic and art deco style. Enter the Ciudad Vieja or Old City through the Puerta de la Ciudadela at the west side of the Plaza Independencia. Explore the narrow streets scattered with bars and restaurants and beautiful and important historical buildings. The Plaza de la Constitución (or Plaza Matriz) with the Cathedral and Cabildo (city hall) and Plaza Zabala are the main squares here. Leaving the Old City without having lunch at the Mercado del Puerto is simply not done! Have some delicious meat or seafood with the market’s signature drink “medio y medio”. Parque Rodó with its boating lake is a perfect place to relax, and football fans can visit the museum at the Centenario Stadium at Parque Batlle, the arena of the first World Cup finals, won by Uruguay in their homeland in 1930. It’s a FIFA international monument of world soccer. Sunday mornings are reserved for the big and popular Tristán Narvaja flea market and to get a tan, head to the excellent beaches of trendy Pocitos or Carrasco or have a stroll along la Rambla, the beautiful road that goes all along the coastline of Montevideo. Celebrating the world famous Montevideo Carnival is without a doubt a memorable experience! 9



EL VIAJERO DOWNTOWN HOSTEL & SUITES This hostel is strategically located in downtown Soriano 1073 corner Paraguay MONTEVIDEO Montevideo, just 2 blocks from one of the main +598 29082913 avenues (18 de Julio) and a few minutes from the main tourist attractions. Take your pick between their 10 private rooms with private bathrooms, A/C and cable TV or their shared rooms with lockers (with or without bathroom). The hostel is a typical colonial style house of the XIX Century, with an outdoor patio with a bar so it’s easy to get to know other travellers from all over the world. There is spacious well equipped kitchen and a nicely decorated living room with cable TV, DVD & Media Player. Ask their bilingual staff for bike rental, laundry service, public telephone, bus tickets sales and hostel reservations for other destinations in Uruguay!

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Bartolomé Mitre 1314 MONTEVIDEO Spléndido Petit Hotel & Hostel is located +598 29164900 in a perfect spot in the touristy and cultural center of Montevideo, in front of the Teatro Solis and only 2 blocks from Independence Square. This beginning of the 20th century Art Deco building will take you on a journey back in time with its high ceilings, glorious wooden floors and nice big old styled rooms all uniquely decorated with retro, vintage and antiques. Really affordable rooms for up to 4 people, with twin or matrimonial beds (with private or shared bathroom), or an ample apartment for up to 4 people with private bathroom. A kitchen is at your disposal and you can tuck into your meals in the dining room. Chill out in the relax room with TV, games and even a piano for those with musical talents! Make a reservation in high season and ask for your free entrance to the Cinemateca Uruguay! Gay friendly!

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HOSTELS & SUITE IBIRAPITA MONTEVIDEO Dr. Salvador Ferrer Serra 2265 Don’t drag your backpack MONTEVIDEO through the entire city. This +598 24019896 hostel is conveniently located only a block from the bus station “Tres Cruces” and at walking distance from the main tourist attractions Montevideo has to offer. They have dorms for 4 to 6 people (mixed and also female only dorms), all with lockers and they also have double matrimonial rooms with private bathrooms and a TV in each. All rooms have towels included (dorms & private) and laundry service is available. Enjoy your free buffet breakfast and prepare your meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Watch a movie in the TV-room, relax on the hostel’s patio or participate in the weekly activities the hostel organizes. The staff will help you arrange your visit to the city or to a thrilling football game!

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Juan Carlos Gómez 1408 MONTEVIDEO How cool is it to learn Spanish in a historical +598 29152496 building in the heart of the old city in Montevideo? Whether you just want to be able to pick up a local beauty or stud, or want to make a career switch to being a certified Spanish teacher, their highly educated teachers will do the job! Individual or group classes, fun activities and visits, workshops, volunteering opportunities, etc; you’ll be immersed in a 24 hour Spanish language experience! Stay with a local family to get a fuller immersion, or opt for a shared apartment. Courses start every Monday all year round. Academia Uruguay can also arrange studying at one of the universities in the city. Various possibilities, professionalism and years in the trade: Academia Uruguay is the perfect Spanish school for you! Academia Uruguay - Spanish courses

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PUNTA DEL ESTE Excellent beaches, great surf, vibrant night life, delicious food and cultural activities make Punta del Este and its surroundings Uruguay’s summer destination in vogue. The Punta del Este peninsula is an internationally popular place to hang out and enjoy. Have a look at the 43m high lighthouse and its neighbour, the Parish Church, visit the Crafts & Artist´s Market at Artigas Square and stroll through the streets with shops, bars and restaurants like Gorlero Avenue and Calle 20. Playa Mansa (west side) is a beach with calm water to relax and sunbathe by. The ocean is a lot rougher at the east side, which makes Playa El Emir and Playa Brava top surf spots, the latter with the original “Hand in the Sand” sculpture. Punta del Este is also famous for partying. Party addicts go to the Yacht Port with its never ending nightlife, or head to La Barra, 20km east of the peninsula. La Barra, with its undulating bridge, is a lively and trendy beach town with a sparkling nightlife and excellent surf at f.e. Manantiales and Bikini Beach. 40 km east of the peninsula is José Ignacio, where the jet set go. This chic and quiet beach resort is also a popular surf spot with fabulous beaches and gorgeous houses. A top excursion at Punta del Este is a boat trip to Isla de Lobos, an island at about 8km from the coast, with the biggest sea lion colony in South America (tours leave from the port). Isla Gorriti, a 15min boat ride from the port, is a little island to explore with a wonderful bay and beach to get over your hangover...


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Ruta 10 Km 164 PUNTA DEL ESTE Located 20min away from the centre of Punta +598 42774427 del Este and nearby surfer’s paradise “Bikini Beach”. There are double rooms and dorms with lockers and shared baths. You can use the complete kitchen, get a tan at their swimming pool and deck with hammocks and solarium, or sit at their openair bar while enjoying yummy food, drinks and good tunes. WARNING: normally - El Viajero Hostels Uruguay 12

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Km 181, Ruta 10 LA JUANITA - JOSE IGNACIO With its countryside views and location just +598 44862275 a few blocks from the ocean and near to a lake, this is a tranquil place to recharge your batteries! If you want to go out, it’s just a 5 Jaime.acosta56 min ride to Jose Ignacio, 15 min to La Barra and 30 min to Punta del Este, with the bus stop nearby. Take your pick from their ensuite dorms (one female only) with lockers or private twin or double rooms (only in low season). Full breakfast and daily maid service is included and for private rooms also towels. The kitchen can be used to heat up your meals, but cooking is not allowed except on the outside BBQ grill. Delicious daily menus are offered at reasonable prices. For cooking your own 5-star meals, choose their apartment for up to 4 people.

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LA PALOMA & LA PEDRERA La Paloma blossoms in summer from a quiet fishermen’s town into a bustling beach destination. Playa Bahía is a sheltered beach for swimming, and Playa La Balconada is an exquisite sunset spot. Playa Anaconda and La Aguada are internationally famous surf beaches, while Playa Los Botes is the perfect place to take a stroll. Declared as a national historic monument in 1976, Cabo Santa María with the lighthouse is also worth a visit. The city boasts a fine pine tree forest where you can keep cool and biking and horseback riding are popular activities. Boats arriving at the port are escorted by sea lions and the occasional penguin, claiming their meal. La Paloma has little shops and boutiques that offer handicrafts which are ideal for souvenirs. La Pedrera, 12km northeast, is a small and exclusive resort with a great nightlife and fine white sand beaches good for surfing and windsurfing. Playa Desplayado at the northeast side of the village hasn’t got a big swell and is safer to swim. At the southwest side, Playa del Barco (Boat Beach) is a great surf and bodyboard beach to get your adrenaline pumping. This beach owes its name to the remains of the “Cathay”, the boat that shipwrecked here in 1971. In the main street of La Pedrera you will find picturesque crafts stands and a variety of small shops and restaurants. The coastal waters of La Paloma and La Pedrera are good for scuba diving and world class sports fishing. Whale watching season goes from July till October, when these magnificent creatures migrate close to the shores. Laguna de Rocha, a protected area nearby, is a vast wetland with populations of black-necked swans, storks, spoonbills and other waterfowl - this is simply a birdwatcher’s paradise! 13



HOSTELS & SUITE IBIRAPITA LA PALOMA One block from the bus terminal, in Av. Paloma corner Av. Solari the heart of the city with all the shops LA PALOMA and nightlife and really close to most +598 44799303 beaches, this is a first-rate location! The bilingual staff can organize a wide range of activities for you: excursions, surf lessons, horseback rides, whale watching, scuba diving, car and bicycle rental, etc. All dorms (female and mixed) have lockers and there is an ensuite private room for 4 people. They also have 4 private matrimonial rooms with a private bathroom, cable TV and fridge. Breakfast and towels are included for all guests and a kitchen is available. The hostel offers you free entrance for clubs and with the key of your room you get a discount at a range of restaurants, bars and shops. Ask for more info at the reception! Open all year round!

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EL VIAJERO LA PEDRERA HOSTEL & SUITES An ideal spot to rest and relax, Calle 6 n/n (150m away the water tank) surrounded by a forest and LA PEDRERA close to the main street, bus +598 4792252 stop and only 500m from the beach. This dreamy hostel offers many ensuite double rooms, dorms with lockers (some also ensuite), wide common areas, TV/DVD room, fully equipped kitchen, grill and a bar. Catch some sun rays in the gorgeous garden or on the terrace with wooden deck. Surf lessons and daily dinners are taken care of by the friendly bilingual staff.

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CABO POLONIO & VALIZAS Visiting Cabo Polonio & Barra de Valizas stands for beautiful sandy beaches, spectacular dunes and breathtaking ocean views. Valizas is a rustic little village, with a wonderful atmosphere. Cabo Polonio is its neighbour located in the cape’s national park with no electricity (only generators) and limited running water; a remote place to escape reality. Valizas has a bus connection; Cabo Polonio however can only be reached walking the 7km of dunes or by 4x4 trucks from the bus terminal just off the main highway. A magical experience is walking or horseback riding the 8km from Valizas to Cabo Polonio or vice versa with its enormous dunes reaching over 30m high, which are thrilling to sandboard down. On foot a reasonable level of fitness is required and you should try to avoid the hottest time of the day. Don’t miss taking the boat ride from the main highway (between both villages) to visit the Monte de Ombúes, with its peculiar and huge century-old trees. For a 360º view of the area, go up the 56m high cerro* Buena Vista with fantastic views of the beaches, Cabo Polonio and the Laguna de Castillos. Due to the ocean’s rocky labyrinth in front of Valizas and the cape, several shipwrecks can be admired while scuba diving. The Cabo Polonio’s lighthouse was built in 1881 to avoid further accidents and from the top you can enjoy a wonderful view of the ocean and 3 small rocky islands just in front of the cape, the Islas de Torres, crowded with a big colony of sea lions. The Valizas and Cabo Polonio coastal area is the perfect place to laze on the beach, to be dazzled by the marvelous sunrises and sunsets and to do some top star-gazing. Surf lovers can even have a go on the choppy waves!


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Right at the 4x4 truck stop and very close to the beach, shops, pubs and restaurants, Viejo Lobo hostel has a perfect location in Cabo Polonio! Feel the sand tickle your toes and smell the sea at this cool hostel where it’s all about relaxing, socializing and living the dream! Pick your choice from a comfortable dorm for 4, 6 or 7 people (with lockers), or choose from one of the three double matrimonial rooms. All rooms have a shared bathroom except one matrimonial room that has an independent entry, beautiful ocean and dunes views and it’s own private toilet (no shower). Snooze in one of the comfortable hammocks after preparing your meal in the well equipped kitchen. Luis, the owner who also speaks English, will gladly give you a helping hand with organizing your activities, like trekking and horseback riding! 15% off Open all year! with

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LUCKY VALIZAS, HOSTAL Y MINI-ECOCAMPING Tomás Cambre 115 Lucky Valizas is located at 300m from the bus BARRA DE VALIZAS terminal and 400m from the beach. Chill out +598 4475 4070 in the huge lush garden full of trees; it’s an oasis of serenity, but also a place to socialize and meet new friends. Luciana, the owner, often invites local musicians and bands to play, and movies and documentaries are shown on a big screen. The main house is very traditional and rustic and the structures in the garden are all made of wood. The kitchen is a kind of a semi outdoor space, really snug and well equipped to cook your meals in a wood oven or on hot plates. There is a variety of dorms available or private rooms with or without a private bathroom. There are also little wooden cabins and tents can also be pitched in the amazing garden. Open all year, check availability!

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CABALGATAS VALICERAS - Horseback riding tours Tomás Cambre n/n Horseback riding with this family in front of the fishermen esplanade run business will be an unforgettable BARRA DE VALIZAS experience! Trained specialists pick out +598 99574685 the perfect horse matching your level: safety is always priority! Novice or pro, optimize your riding skills with their super fun and professional horsemen. Add nature expertise and entertaining stories about the history and culture, and your horseback ride in this beautiful region with stunning beaches, creeks, dunes and a UNESCO nature reserve will be one of the highlights of your journey! From a half day trip to an all-inclusive multi day tour (up to 7 days), they offer it all! Trips are organized every day and all year round (In low season, ask in advance as they need a minimum of 4 passengers). Cabalgatas Valiceras

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PUNTA DEL DIABLO Punta del Diablo is a charming village, founded by fishermen and discovered by surfers, close to the Brazilian border. This little town with 900 inhabitants turns into a major tourist destination from Christmas until February. The rest of the year travellers can enjoy the tranquility of its winding dirt streets and long stretches of beautiful empty sandy beaches, which are a horseman’s dream to gallop along. The most popular beaches are the large Playa Rivero and the smaller town beach Playa de los Pescadores. Playa Viuda, more to the south is perfect for relaxing or making a long quiet stroll. North of Playa Rivero, the long Playa Grande, guides you to the Santa Teresa National Park with over 2 million trees, gorgeous hidden white beaches, wildlife and the giant Santa Teresa fortress. The 60km of trails through thick bush gives you the opportunity to discover its outstanding beauty. West of Punta del Diablo is Laguna Negra with its surrounding wetlands, palm trees, and abundant birdlife. It is very popular in summer and a fantastic place to watch the sunset. In Punta del Diablo it is well worth waking up early, when the sea is calm, to observe the ritual of the local fishermen heading out to sea with their colourful boats. In the evening they return to deliver their catch to the various cozy restaurants in town. Your taste buds will be pampered! Punta del Diablo is a handicrafts village too. The craftsmen display their works at little stands near to the beach. Enjoy your stay at this exquisite beach destination in the East of Uruguay!


Avda Central n/n Enjoy the wilderness of Punta del Diablo from the PUNTA DEL DIABLO comfort of El Diablo Tranquilo Hostel and Playa +598 44772647 Suites. With two properties, you can choose between the original hostel a block away from the sea, or the new Playa Suites which is set right on the beach. Both have modern comforts but with authentic, rustic charm in the traditional wooden constructions. At both you can pick between private ensuites, doubles, and shared dormitories (with shared and private bathrooms). Guests and staff come from all over the world creating a real international vibe and you can hang out at the bar, restaurant (during peak season) or join in the themed parties, language classes or go to the nearby nightlife and shops. Located on the famous El Rivero beach the staff can organize surf, yoga, shiatsu, horse riding, turtle conservation, 10% off Santa Teresa National Park and Laguna Negra with excursions as well.

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