Especially for Trekking

If the focus of a getaway is sport, below is a list of places where you can go hiking. There are rural landscapes, hills and even desert-like landscapes, where you can take long walks, with different degrees of difficulty.
Valle Edén and Laureles (Tacuarembó)

Valle Edén and Laureles (Tacuarembó)

Tacuarembó has some very attractive areas for those who love trekking. Valle Edén is a perfect place for a walk through nature but also there are waterfalls and even a Carlos Gardel museum. In addition, you can also find Laureles in the department of Tacuarembó, a place with natural spaces surprising blessed with waterfalls and ravines with areas for bathing. Horseback riding, bird watching, bathing in crystalline water and many other adventures await the hiker.
How to get there: Valle Edén (Route 26, km 208).
Laureles (go to kilometer 407 on Route 5 then 40 kilometers from this entrance).

Sierra de las Ánimas (Maldonado)

Sierra de las Ánimas (Maldonado)

The Sierra de las Ánimas is one of those secrets worth discovering. This hill range is found on kilometer 86 of the Interbalnaria Route, in front of the Los Cardos restaurant. There is an entry fee. The best option is to take a guided tour with the Red Animas service (redanimas@gmail.com), which offers diverse kinds of walks. These walks vary according to degrees of difficulty and interests.
(www.sierradelasanimas.com)

Valle del Lunarejo (Rivera)

Valle del Lunarejo (Rivera)

A little known destination in the country is the Valle del Lunarejo, with unique landscapes, dominated by waterfalls and surprising rock formations. It is found 65 kilometers south of the city of Rivera (450 kilometers north of Montevideo). It is a protected area of 20 thousand hectares, which forms a biological corridor for subtropical species of flora and fauna. Blessed with valleys and ravines, waterfalls, stone walls and leafy vegetation that domineers the scene, animals typical of the area such as small anteaters, margay cats, coatis and yellow buff-necked ibis have made their home here. There are also about 150 species of birds, those whose home is this place and those which are migratory. Amongst the areas of water is the Lunarego stream, of an unequalled beauty in Uruguay. Another attraction of the area is the artisans’ work who use natural elements in their work. Wool, leather and native plants are some of the raw material for their clothing creations and other items. Made with equal dedication are the homemade food products; amongst them sweets, preserves and high quality honey.
How to get there: take Route 5 towards the city of Rivera. Before arriving to the city turn off, on to Route 30 travel to kilometer 238, where you will find the valley entrance.

Go through the dunes (Rocha)

Go through the dunes (Rocha)

There are very different ways to enjoy a trip through the dunes. The first is somewhat more comfortable and involves of getting in 4 by 4s from the terminal at the entrance to Cablo Polonio towards the beautiful coastal town. This is a trip amongst the dunes that only takes a few minutes but allows you to enjoy the trip through them. The other option is a little more laborious and requires greater effort. It involves crossing the Valizas stream and from there starting a long walk through a sea of dunes (it is really a desert-like scene). This route is around 10 kilometers and aside from using sun protection, it is also necessary to take water.
How to get there: from Cabo Polonio (Route 10, km 264.5).
For Valizas: take Route 9 to kilometer 265, from there continue along Route 16, and before arriving to Aguas Dulces take Route 10, where you must travel about 6 kilometers until you reach the Valizas enterance.