Monday, April 10, 2006

Trekking in la Sierra de las Animas, Maldonado

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Panoramic picture of Sierra de las Animas, Maldonado, Uruguay La Sierra de las Animas is the name of a couple of hills in Maldonado (actually a sierra) of no more than 508 meters high (did I ever mention that Uruguay is a flat country?). It's actually the second highest "peak" in Uruguay, being the first one el cerro catedral with something like ten more meters high, not much more (dont take my word for it, go get some encyclopedia and correct me).

It's a very popular trekking spot in Uruguay, there are a couple of different walks to choose from. The one we did was to make it to the top of the hill, which is about a two to three hour walk, but there is also another one called "El cañadon de los espejos". The last one is named after pools of rainwater with small waterfalls you arrive to when you reach to the end of the path. The place is said to be very beautiful after rainy days with the waterfalls in their full glamour.

Arrival at sierra de las animasSierra de las animasSierra de las animas

There used to be a third walk to the "pozos azules" (or blue pools) which is now closed, and there is also a whole discussion about which ones are the true legendary blue pools which I won't go into.

La Sierra de las Animas is also very popular among mountain bikers who carry their bikes to the top and then slide from there.


Once we arrived to the place we payed the 40 uruguayan pesos fee, and listened carefully to the pleasetakegoodcareofthepark fifteen minutes lecture. The place is maintained as an ecological park and we learned that it's forbidden even to spit fruit seeds while walking in order to protect the original flora (killing anything that walks or crawls or flies is of course out of the question).


When you are on the top of the hill you understand why they used to call it Mirador Nacional (National watcher...err, no.. watchpost, sightseer...err, something like that) as you can see a great part of Maldonado and even Montevideo or so they say in clear days.

We crossed a bunch of horses on the way to the top, and one snake and one impressive tarantula on the way down.



If you are the kind of person that likes walking, watching nature and just talking with someone in the way to the top (to the peak) you probably would've enjoyed it.

Sierra de las animas
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31 comments:

David Finzer said...

Thank you for your blog. I am an American who has only lived here for 7 weeks--I have started my own blog about moving and living here. I would appreciate knowing what you think of it. You can find it at www.UruguayLiving.com. Thanks!

socalledchaos-XL said...

how attack-merrily are these spiders and snakes?

JavierAG said...

Hey this is a really cool blog. I'm Uruguayan myself and I recently took some pictures of Uruguay I thought you might enjoy. It's over at www.auteurslust.blogspot.com

gabo_uy said...

socalledchaos-xl,

the spiders are harmless (but scary) and the snakes may be poisonous but there hasn't been any snake related issue in decades (so the the park ranger says). the advice was not to wander off the road and to check the bushes and surroundings of rocks before sitting on them

socalledchaos-XL said...

thank you for your reply! we doesnt have such big snakes/spiders here in austria, so i was a little bit afraid *gg*

Anonymous said...

Merci pour ton blog qui me permet de mieux connaitre un pays qui m'attire beaucoup mais sur lequel je n'arrivais pas à trouver beaucoup d'informations.C'est chose faite grâce à toi,et les photos et les témoignages que tu as postés me donnent encore plus envie d'y faire un petit tour.Mais bon pour l'instant je suis bloqué en France(bon y a pire comme pays de résidence) donc je me contenterais de tes infos pour satisfaire ma curiosité.Donc continue ton blog,il claque,et merci encore!!(Sorry I wrote in French I am not very fluent in English and I thought you were fluent in French(I saw you diary tripping).But I forgot the other members of the team,so I congratulate you too!!)

gabo_uy said...

Merci beacoup pour une tres tres gentil commentaire. j´m bien ton pays et parfois il me manque un peu. Desolee on fais pas d'article en francaise, mais a vrai dire j'uis pas tres bonne en écrivant en francaise (j'uis super lent et incapable sans google ;)

gabo_uy said...

Thank you guys for the feedback in name of tali and me, helps us keep rolling.

I´d like to ask you for not so positive feedback if you have it, what would you like to see and you don't?

Oskar Kossuth said...

Hello gabriel

it's me Oskar from Peru.Your blog is very interesting for people that are curious about uruguay.
I would like to see for example the main soccer teams from your country, Peñarol and Nacional(a little bit of history, anecdotes,records,etc)

I'm looking forward to meet you and tali in montevideo!

take care

Sepo said...

There is only one real and glorious team in Uruguay and it is "El decano Club Nacional de Fútbol" or as far more than half the population call it ... "El Bolso". It is true that there are other minor clubs that from time to time win one or two matches but they are not very relevant. I agree that talking about Uruguayan’s passion for soccer and about “El Bolso” in the blog will be great.

Oskar Kossuth said...

Hehe
Well i know the dispute between
peñarol and nacional about which of these teams is the real "decano"..
Nice to see that there is still passion for soccer in Uruguay! :)
For myself as i'm not from Uruguay i regard sympathy for both teams, although i have to admit that a little bit more for Peñarol because a peruvian soccer player was a glory of this team and is part of the Hall of fame of Peñarol..
He was the one called "Negro el once" :)

Greetings from Lima

gabo_uy said...

uruguay's football is not exactly in it's highest moment right now, but I agree is something to write about.

it'll be a pleasure to write how crappy is peñarol :p

Oskar Kossuth said...

be fair with el manya! :)

Wayne said...

Beautiful countryside! I cannot wait to see it!

Maink said...

Hi! I would really love to move to Uruguay in the near future and am hoping to meet someone locally. If you would be interested in corresponding with me, please write! mari at conpoint dot com. Thanks!

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