Natural landscapes

Even though the attention tends to be on the coast, the truth is that Uruguay has natural attractions only a few minutes away from the main touristic centers. They can be enjoyed during short trips and offer limitless activities.
Quebrada de los Cuervos (Treinta y Tres)

Quebrada de los Cuervos (Treinta y Tres)

44 kilometers from the city, over 4 thousand hectares – property of the Municipal government of Treinta Tres – were declared protected land by the Uruguayan State and consist of a place like none other, with surprising flora and fauna for both local people and foreigners who manage to make it here. La Quebrada de los Cuervos has a typical “throat” formation that the Yerbal stream naturally made, hollowing out the rugged hills of the same name. This erosive action has generated a subtropical microclimate unique in the country. To get to La Quedbrada de los Cuervos from the Treinta y Tres capital, go 22 kilometers to the north by route 8 after leaving the city. Then, turn on to a gravel road and travel for about 20 kilometers until you reach this area of high touristic interest. Telephone: 4452 2911.

Parque Nacional de Santa Teresa (Rocha) - Santa Teresa National Park

Parque Nacional de Santa Teresa (Rocha) - Santa Teresa National Park

It is one of the most complete spaces that Rocha has to offer. This national park has a beautiful beach, a fortress from the colonial times has been maintained in perfect conditions and it is possible to visit it. There is a park with an animal reservation, a children’s play area, and a large campsite with all the services. This makes it a perfect place for families to visit, even though it is very popular with the youth in the summer. In additional to all of this, you can visit the Verde hill (a gentle hill located in front of the coast where you can see fossil remains, migratory birds, whales, sea lions and sea turtles). Also, in front of the park is Potrerillo biological station of Santa Teresa, a perfect place for bird watching. The Parque Nacional de Santa Teresa is accessed from kilometer 302 of route 9

Palmares de Rocha (Rocha)- Rocha’s Palm Trees

Palmares de Rocha (Rocha)- Rocha’s Palm Trees

This concentration of palm trees (that covers close to 70 thousand hectares) is unique in the world. These trees produce a fruit called butiá which is edible and tends to be used mainly in drinks such as liqueurs. These palm trees can be over 200 years old and are found to the north of route 9, extending almost to the border with Brazil. Around the city of Castillos you can see one of the largest groups of these palm trees.
How to get there: first you should go towards Castillos (by route 9, at kilometer 265) and then take the road, Camino de los Indios that begins in that city.

Cerro Arequita and Laguna de los Cuervos (Lavalleja)

Cerro Arequita and Laguna de los Cuervos (Lavalleja)

This is one of the most complete places that lovers of outdoor activities can visit in Uruguay At 12 kilometers from the city of Minas you can find two attractions: the first is Arequita Hill. This mass of stone encloses various attractions, like the tour of the caves in the bowels of the hill, the walk around the indigenous hill and finally the climb to the top of Arequita. The complex has food services and nearby lodging. A short distance from here you can find the Laguna de los Cuervos. To enjoy this marvelous landscape you can camp or rent a cabin on the shores of the Santa Lucia River. The campsite, of the same name, has bathrooms, barbecues, a dining room and electricity. It has a small beach on the river where you can go canoeing. In addition, you can enjoy long walks on the paths near the hill.
Laguna de los Cuervos (http://www.lagunadeloscuervos.com.uy).
Complejo Arequita (http://www.complejoarequita.com).