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Puente Giratorio, Carmelo

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Visit Puente Giratorio, a picturesque moving swing bridge and an iconic part of Carmelo's image and history. The bridge features on most local postcards, and became synonymous with the city after its construction in early 20th century. The first of its kind in Uruguay, it also represents the first bridge operated entirely by humans when it needs to move. Hang around on the picturesque waterfront and you might get the chance to watch a ship pass under the bridge, causing a whole raft of movements to take place, with part of the bridge appearing to retreat into itself to allow the boat through. Plan to visit Puente Giratorio during your Carmelo vacation using our convenient Carmelo tour planner.
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  • Is the best place to view the sunset from the city. Depending on the time of year will see a vision standing over the bridge or you can follow the evening sitting on the banks of the river.
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  • This is the major crossing across the river that leads from Colonia into Carmelo. It's not exactly the world's biggest or attractive bridge, but it gives good views of the river itself and you can wal...  more »
  • Evening shows a beautiful view of the river slope and the bridge itself because this very well lit.
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  • Nice place to meet
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  • Is a place very cozy and historic
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  • A unique place
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  • By that you can pass out there. PS: I could not see as tour: v
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  • Only swivel bridge in the country, human-powered
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Where to stay in Carmelo

Carmelo offers accommodations on both sides of the Arroyo de las Vacas River. You'll find luxury resort-style hotels, with onsite facilities like casinos, spas, and swimming pools, as well as some simpler, family-run guesthouses flanking residential streets. Many visitors elect to stay in the more remote areas surrounding the town, which offer additional options for a range of budgets.
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