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Fray Bentos

(4.4/5 based on 340+ reviews for 6 attractions)
Things to do: museums, beaches, sightseeing
The capital of Rio Negro Department, Fray Bentos sits on the banks of the Uruguay River as one of the region's most important port towns. Founded in 1859, the town of just under 25,000 remains best known as a center of the meat processing industry, with the Liebig's Extract of Meat Company (inventors of the Oxo cube) opening an industrial plant here in 1863. Though the plant closed in the 1960s, the name Fray Bentos still appears on the company's products in many areas of the globe. Industrial sites in the main town now offer some of the top Fray Bentos attractions, with many converted into museums and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2015. Use our Uruguay itinerary planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Fray Bentos.
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Traditionally an industrial center rather than a touristic one, Fray Bentos has a limited range of accommodations. Head to the water's edge and you'll find a couple of nice hotels; move farther back from it and you'll stumble across a few simple guesthouses. This will no doubt change in coming years, with the listing of the old industrial factory as a World Heritage Site. Until then, consider looking in the neighboring towns of Las Canas and Mercedes for a wider selection of lodgings.
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