Sports and Nature

The perfect combination of wind and water make Uruguay an ideal destination to practice sailing sports. However, the hilly landscape also offers a wide range of activities related to adventure tourism, as do the rivers in the center of the country. Finally, fishing- both river and ocean fishing- is part of the local tradition.
Mahi-Mahi fish (Salto)

Mahi-Mahi fish (Salto)

One of the main tourist attractions in Salto is the mahi-mahi fish, a fish that stands out because of its color and the fact that it is very converted by aficionados of this sport. The fishing takes place in the area of the Salto Grande dam, where different companies in the area offer guide services to take tourists to this place, a few meters from the floodgates of the main hydroelectric dam in the country.

Canoeing on Queguay River (Paysandú)

Canoeing on Queguay River (Paysandú)

The Queguay hills are a protected area. This classification means that the natural resources that are found there must be cared for and enjoyed. In this place the rivers Queguay Grande and Queguay Chico meet. The area extends around 20 hectares where different landscapes coexist. These landscapes include lakes and marshland, natural riverside hills, Baltic hills and woods. There are also shrubs, hillocks and scrublands. These hills which were added to the National System of Protected Areas in 2006, were one of the last dwellings of the Charrua Indians. The Paraguayan Melchora Cuenca also lived there, she was the wife of the national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas. Today the hills form an area of woods and caves, with native flora and fauna. It is an especially suitable area for activities such as hiking, ecotourism or canoeing on the waters of the Queguay River. In addition, it is an attractive place to go around on foot, on horse or on bicycle. You are ensured to enjoy nature and fresh air on these trips.
(www.guichon.com.uy)

Rappelling and zip-line in Salto del Penitente (Lavalleja)

Rappelling and zip-line in Salto del Penitente (Lavalleja)

It is a sight for sore eyes, but the visitor can do more than just look. The Salto del Penitente is an ideal place to go rappelling, climbing and going down a zip-line. For those who do not like heights there is an alternative, trekking. It also has a good range of services including a restaurant with a marvelous view and a shelter where you can sleep for very accessible prices. Address: Route 8, km 125 and then 18 kilometers to the right. Telephone: 4440 3096.
(www.saltodelpenitente.com)

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on Garzón Lake

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on Garzón Lake

The bridge over this lake brings the departments of Maldonado and Rocha even closer together. A beautiful stretch of water joins the ocean with the lake, giving the place a marvelous landscape and one where you can enjoy bird watching. Walks along the riverside and aquatic sports are very popular in the area. There are several schools dedicated to two favorite sports: kitesurfing and windsurfing. Moreover, you can go horseback riding around the lake.