Thursday, March 16, 2006

Lavalleja

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Lavalleja is another departamento located in the southeast of Uruguay. It is well known for its beautiful landscapes and rich animal and vegetal life. There are many interesting things to see here but the car ride to the different places is a very enjoyable experience itself. The landscape is really beautiful, full of green mountains (or I should probably say hills because they are quite short) and crowded with all sorts of animals and birds.





Probably the most visited cities are Minas and Villa Serrana. Minas is the capital, a small city of about 40 thousand people. It is about an hour and a half away from Montevideo and you can either drive or take a bus there. The most popular attractions are not far away from Minas. You can visit Salus, which is the main water company here and they have good beer too (Patricia is the name of the brand). About 10 km away from Minas there are two cerros that you can visit: Cerro del Verdún and Cerro Arequita and right by Cerro Arequita is Monte de Ombúes (a Mount of some kind of tree that I don’t know how it’s called in English).





About 17 km away from Minas is a small waterfall called El Salto del Penitente that is very pretty when it is powerful. When it doesn't rain for a while you don't get to see something very impressive, as shown by the picture below. In any case, the road that takes you to the cascade is again really pretty and makes the trip worth it.







Finally the other city to visit here is Villa Serrana, which is located between the Penitente and Marmarajá rivers. It is a really wonderful place with very few houses located sparsely around the gorgeous landscape. You can walk, fish, ride a horse, hike or just chill out in the middle of nowhere. If you want to stay there for the night there is a hostelling international and there are a couple of inexpensive hotels run by their owners that serve really good regional food.




14 comments:

marco said...

Those are really great photos, it looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing them with us. We always enjoy reading your posts.

Valeria said...

Gracias por mostrarnos las bellezas y tradiciones de nuestro pais.
Las fotos estan increibles

Anonymous said...

that first photo of the four horses is georgeous! very professional. I can't wait to visit your beautiful country.
wb

pdgonz said...

I have to admit it, I love your blog. I read the whole thing today. I've been living in Uruguay for the past 7 years, with a 9 month hiatus to go back to Canada. And to be honest Ilove it here. Keep posting, cause I love it!

Mike said...

We visted your beautiful country a week ago. It took us just a week to fall in love with Uruguay and to sign a contract to buy a house there. We are very fortunate to have found such a wonderful place. It amazes me that so few Americans know anything about it.

pablo said...

Hi,

You say in your post that "If you want to stay there for the night there is a hostelling international and there are a couple of inexpensive hotels run by their owners that serve really good regional food". Could you please give some more details about this "couple of inexpensive hotels". My mail adress is miaulet@hotmail.com

Thanks!!!

Gwenda said...

Quite worthwhile information, lots of thanks for your post.

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