Gay Uruguay in One Week – Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 12th, 2017

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Uruguay is a country you cannot afford to skip from your Latin America itinerary. It has so much to offer, whether it’s surfing beaches, good wine, stunning scenery, delicious steaks and of course marijuana.

Uruguay is one of the most progressive countries in the world and certainly the most in Latin America. It was one of the first in the continent to allow gay marriages, legalise abortions in 2012 and established a welfare state in 1903.

And of course the marijuana which it’s so famous for: since December 2013, Uruguay legalised the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.

Most will add on Uruguay as part of their Latin America trip to Argentina or South Brazil, so we set out a variety of options for a 1 week itinerary. Our Uruguay travel itinerary can also be done in 2 weeks if you like to travel at a slower pace like we do.

We also assume that you will be taking the boat from Buenos Aires to Colónia as your entry point, but you can also fly in to Montevideo and start from there.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

Ten Gay Friendly Uruguay Hotels – Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 9th, 2017

Gay friendly Uruguay Hotels

Looking for a gay friendly Uruguay place to stay?

Well look no further – ’cause after 2 weeks travelling around this super gay friendly country, we’ve come up with our 10 best gay friendly hotels to stay in Uruguay:

Gay Friendly Hotels in Montevideo

#1 Sofitel Carrasco

Description: overlooking the Rambla beachfront, this glamorous former casino palace was built in 1821. It boasts a mix of French classic architecture with a modern twist. Check out the Philip Starks horse lamps in the grand, impressive lobby. Their suites offer amazing views over the Rio Del Plata, and have 2 huge walk-in showers. The indoor swimming pool and spa are particularly inviting after a day cruising down the Rambla.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

10 Interesting Facts About Uruguay – Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 22nd, 2016

Nomadic Boys - Uruguay

Uruguay is like the Netherlands of Latin America – an extremely liberal country and global leader of LGBT rights.

Same sex sexual activity has been decriminalised in Uruguay since 1934, anti-discrimination laws in place since 2003, adoption laws since 2009 and gay marriage implemented in early 2013. There are also many government supported events, in particular the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Uruguay‘s annual gay travel conference in September.

In addition, Uruguay was the second country in Latin America (after Cuba) to legalise abortions in 2012 and the first in the continent to establish a welfare state in 1903.

There’s of course another reason why it reminded us a lot of the Netherlands, which kicks off our 10 fun and interesting facts about Uruguay:

#1 POT PARADISE: LENIENT MARIJUANA LAWS

The coffee shops of Amsterdam are famous worldwide; Holland’s cannabis laws are well known for being one of the most relaxed in Europe. Uruguay has the same reputation amongst its Latino neighbours.

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalise the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use. Instead, the focus by the Uruguayan government is to prosecute large scale traffickers and regulate the industry by taxing it.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

Gay Friendly Uruguay Hotels – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 17th, 2016

Gay Friendly Uruguay Hotels - The Nomadic Boys

Looking for gay friendly Uruguay hotels?

Well look no further – ’cause after 2 weeks travelling around this super gay friendly country, we’ve come up with our 10 best gay friendly hotels to stay in Uruguay:

GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS IN MONTEVIDEO

#1 Sofitel Carrasco

Description: overlooking the Rambla beachfront, this glamorous former casino palace was built in 1821. It boasts a mix of French classic architecture with a modern twist. Check out the Philip Starks horse lamps in the grand, impressive lobby. Their suites offer amazing views over the Rio Del Plata, and have 2 huge walk-in showers. The indoor swimming pool and spa are particularly inviting after a day cruising down the Rambla.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

Gay Montevideo – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 11th, 2016

Montevideo is frequently rated as one of the most gay friendly cities in the world, particularly by the likes of Lonely Planet and Skyscanner.

And now by the Nomadic Boys…especially when this is what you see on your way into the country:

Gay Montevideo, Uruguay - Nomadic Boys

Uruguay itself is an extremely gay friendly country, not only across Latin America, but in the world. Gay rights in Uruguay have long been secured and respected: homosexuality was decriminalised in 1934, anti-discrimination laws firmly in place since 2003, adoption laws since 2009 and gay marriage implemented in early 2013.

There are plenty of things to do in the city for the gay traveller, so we’ve put together our gay travel guide to Montevideo featuring the best gay bars, clubs, events and hotels to stay in the city.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

Life in Gay Uruguay – Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 10th, 2016

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What’s the first country that comes to mind when you think of tango? We’re guessing Argentina, right?

You’d be half right. Back in the 1880s, the tango was invented by the urban lower classes in the Rio de la Plata basin, which includes both Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

As such, both Argentina and Uruguay claim equal ownership of the tango. In 2009, they made a successful joint application to have tango listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

We attended the Uruguayan LGBT Chamber of Commerce conference in September 2016, where tango was showcased. To our surprise, two extremely handsome gay Uruguay boys, Juan and Rodrigo, took to the stage and blew us away.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

Recipe for Chaja Cake – Nomadic Boys

Author: , November 23rd, 2016

Want to try something different this Thanksgiving? Or if you’re outside the US, for Thursday? The Nomadic Boys are here just in time with a special dessert recipe:


Chaja Cake - Nomadic Boys

Chaja is the famous luscious and extremely naughty cake of Uruguay. It is often described as a Uruguayan sponge cake filled with peaches and whipped cream.

Chaja was invented by Orlando Castellano, owner of a tearoom in Paysandú, Northern Uruguay in 1927. He prepared this very sweet concoction, invited his friend to try, who responded saying it was light and soft, just like the South American indigenous Chajá bird (also called silent screamer). The light, airy texture of the dessert resembles the fluffy exterior of the chajá bird.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Uruguay Gay Travel Resources

Hotel Urbano—Vacation on the River at Carmelo, Uruguay

Author: , December 3rd, 2014
Hotel Urbano, Carmelo, Uruguay

Hotel Urbano, Carmelo, Uruguay

 

By Roy Heale

Nestled along the banks of the Arroyo de las Vacas river creek, Carmelo is a small town located in western Uruguay, noted for its wineries, beaches, and laid back lifestyle. The river runs along the east and south part of the city and serves as a port for the town. On its north bank there is the Puerto Carmelo-Tigre, where small catamaran boats carry passengers across the Río de la Plata to Argentina.

A swing bridge, the Puente Giratorio de Carmelo, which opened on May 1st 1912, passes over the river joining the north part of the city with its small southern community. Here another port along the southern banks of the river hosts a marina for private boats plus the CarmeloYacht Club. Along the coast there is the extensive white sandy beach Playa Seré, a large green space park with picnic areas and parillas (BBQs) for public use, a small zoological garden, and a Casino Hotel. It is here where every day the locals enjoy long sessions of drinking mate while sport fishing in order to catch bogas and pejerreyes from some of the breakwaters which go hundreds of meters deep into the waters.

Riverbank Parks

Riverbank Parks

Another attraction is the mouth of the Las Vacas waterway where numerous sports watercrafts and sailing boats traverse the area to enter Carmelo. The yacht pier and the nautical campsite, where it is possible to camp by the river, are distinctive and popular.

Playa Seré Beach

Playa Seré Beach

There are two main plazas in the city. One is Plaza Artigas, with a monument to the foundation of the city in 1816, the church Templo Histórico del Carmen plus the city museum and archive. The other, more central, Independence Square—also known as Sculptures Square—is the commercial hub of the city. The main business street is 19 de Avril, which connects at the south end with the bridge to the southern shores.

 

Hotel Urbano Terrace

Hotel Urbano Terrace

In this small resort town there are two choices for your accommodations. One is in the resort community by the river beaches and the other is in the heart of the small downtown. The Hotel Urbano is the perfect choice on a quiet side street in the downtown area. It is just a couple of blocks from the Main Plaza Indepencia which is the heart of the city. This modern, bright and clean hotel offers almost twenty spacious rooms in different sizes and sleeping configurations. There are singles, doubles, triples, superiors, and suites to select the ideal size for your own requirements. On the second level there is a large outdoor patio and sun deck to spend those quiet moments. The main floor lobby café/bar offers a complete buffet breakfast with pastries, breads, fruits, juices, coffee, tea, ham, cheeses and more. There is also a relaxing street level outdoor patio for those who like to dine or sit outside. Rooms are reasonably priced and the buffet breakfast is included. This ideal hotel is a great home away from home when visiting the beautiful and historic town of Carmelo.

Bright Spacious Rooms

Bright Spacious Rooms

During the summer months this is a very popular outdoor destination for Argentines and Uruguayans who want to escape the big city heat and bustle to relax in the tranquil country atmosphere. Inexpensive catamaran ferries operate daily by Cacciola from Tigre, Argentina to Carmelo and provide an extremely enjoyable 2.5 hours passage through the Rio de la Plata Delta islands.

Cacciola Ferry

Cacciola Ferry

 

For More Information:
http://www.carmelohotelurbano.com
www.cacciolaviajes.com
www.welcomeuruguay.com/carmelo/index_i.html

Fray Bentos Summer Vacations on the Banks of the Rio Uruguay

Author: , August 17th, 2014
Fray Bentos Central Plaza

Fray Bentos Central Plaza

 

By Roy Heale

This small, sleepy town is one of Uruguay’s lesser known vacation spots. From green parks, dramatic cliffs along the river, historic architecture to splendid beaches, there exists a wide variety of outdoor activities for summer fun in and around Fray Bentos, Uruguay.

The Rio Uruguay

The Rio Uruguay

Recognised for “the romance of the sun, the cliffs and the river”, the town was conceived as a river port that still preserves its natural features with waters deep enough to allow large ocean going ships. This pleasant Uruguayan city is connected with the resort town of Gualeguaychu in Argentina through the Libertador General San Martín international bridge. Here the climate is temperate and humid, ranging between 17° and 20° C in the summertime and dropping considerably during the winter.

The town of Fray Bentos provides “Old World” charm, historic architecture, beautiful parks and plazas. However, it does not offer many dining choices and opening hours vary. Young Theater, Constitución and Artigas Squares, the public amphitheater, and the Solari Museum are other sites of interest open to curious visitors in search of the region’s history.

Entrance To Barrio Anglo

Entrance To Barrio Anglo

There is a spectacular ten kilometer scenic drive along the riverside cliffs beginning in the center of the town and ending close to the beaches of Las Cañas bathing resort, renowned for its sandy beaches, nautical sports, and fishing. Along this route lies Barrio Anglo, declared a National Historical Monument, where a group of over one hundred houses from the late XIX century with English and German characteristics surround the former Anglo meat slaughter house. This historic community was once the heart of Fray Bentos. Today there is an Industrial Revolution Museum in the old meat processing plant and buildings, a monument, and historic buildings for visitors to enjoy a glimpse of the past. This area is just southwest of the town of Fray Bentos. Its natural harbor gave birth to the town around 1859 on the cliff coast of the River. It was a major port for the region and led to the development of the city. Guided tours are available and adjacent to the museum is a small restaurant offering local fare.

RR Hotel Entrance

RR Hotel Entrance

Hotel RR is a family run property close to the main highway from the International Bridge between Argentina and Uruguay. It is a motel style complex with fourteen chalets set amongst beautiful trees and floral gardens. There is a small swimming pool for the hot summer days and the main lodge has a very large verandah with seats to enjoy the view. It is set back from the road and is very quiet at night. The rooms are simple, clean, with air conditioning and heating plus satellite TV. It is a five minute drive to the center of Fray Bentos and a car is a must. The prices are economical and include a continental breakfast buffet. It is a great place for a short stay when travelling around by car in this beautiful part of Uruguay.

RR Hotel Swimming Pool

RR Hotel Swimming Pool

For those touring this part of the Uruguay countryside Fray Bentos and Las Canas are ideal places offering unique indoor and outdoor activities to unwind during the lazy summer days.
For More Information Visit:
http://www.welcomeuruguay.com/fraybentos/index_i.html

Traveling in South America – Argentina and Uruguay

Author: , January 20th, 2012

Argentina and Buenos Aires with its equal gay marriage has helped make it a destination for relaxed tourists. It became the first country in South America to allow same-sex marriage in July 2010, including full adoption rights, making it the first country in Latin American to do so.

Together with its mix of climates from the glacial south, to the expansive natural rainforest, lively Latin culture and superb food Argentina has a lot to offer.

The huge country doesn’t lend herself to a two-week holiday; but select a region or two and you can delve into the arts, culture, nightlife, and nature. Explore the North-East starting in Buenos Aires, then North for a warm Christmas in Iguazu Falls followed by a straight ride to Cordoba.

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Click here for gay travel resources in Argentina.

Click here for gay travel resources in Uruguay.