Treinta y Tres - Photos: Pablo Etchevers
n the littoral region, there lies the City of Treinta y Tres, capital of the department bearing the same name. Located on the banks of the Olimar River, the city offers an interesting tour that revives the history of the place and lets visitors enjoy contact with nature.
The climate is special in the entire Northern region. This ensures high average temperatures. Spring is one of the most pleasant seasons to visit the city.
Its name is a clear tribute to the 33 eastern men exiled in Argentina who secretly landed on Uruguayan soil on April 19, 1825 in order to fight for the national independence. Therefore, at the town center, 19 de Abril Square may be visited. This square commemorates precisely the abovementioned historical event with a giant monument raised to honor the thirty-three eastern men. Built in pure marble and including a pole on which the word "Freedom" has been carved, the central part of this impressive work remembers the name of each of these men.
The main avenue in the city has been named after national hero Juan Antonio Lavalleja. Hundreds of youths gather there every weekend carrying their mates to spend their time.
The picturesque neighboring town of Santa Clara de Olimar, where the remains of revolutionary Aparicio Saravia rest, is one of the typical tours many visitors enjoy starting at the city.
When it comes to enjoying nature, the Municipal Park, which is located on the shores of the Olimar River, is an interesting outing. Besides fishing, water sports, like kayaking, are enjoyed in the area.
Farther North, Cerro Chato Lagoon, Quebrada de los Cuervos (the Crows Ravine) and Quebrada de la Teja (the Tile Ravine) are two highly recommended sites for those who wish to rest.
Merín Lagoon is another beautiful site on the way out of the city. Subtropical wildlife takes hold of the surroundings and displays some vestiges of what turns into the Brazilian marshlands on the way up to the North.