This is gaucho country. Not your ‘we pose for pesos’ types, but your real-deal ‘we tuck our baggy pants into our boots and slap on a beret just to go to the local store’ crew. It’s also the alleged birthplace of tango legend Carlos Gardel.
The mid-March Fiesta de la Patria Gaucho (Gaucho Festival) merits a visit from travelers in the area.
Tacuarembó’s center is Plaza 19 de Abril. The tourist office (27144) is in the bus terminal. The post office is at Ituzaingó 262. Antel is at Sarandí 240. The bus terminal is 2km from the center: turn left on exiting, walk through the small plaza, veer right onto Herrera and walk four blocks to 18 de Julio. A taxi costs US$1.
The Museo del Indio y del Gaucho (cnr Flores & Artigas; admission free; 1-7pm Mon-Fri, 2-6pm Sat & Sun) pays romantic tribute to Uruguay’s original inhabitants and gauchos.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009