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Chuy: Uruguay meets Brazil

Chuy is a small town that lies on the border with Brazil. A shared avenue that serves as the border separates Chuy from its Brazilian sister town of Chuí. It used to be a booming commercial center but that has not been the case in recent years. Nowadays, the only attractions Chuy boasts are the numerous duty free shops on the Uruguayan side of the avenue.

Chuy Uruguay
  • How to get there? By bus: Regular service from Montevideo and Punta del Diablo. By Car: Ruta 9
  • Why should you go? If you want to be able to say that you were on the Uruguayan-Brazilian border or if you want to do some shopping at the duty free shops scattered along the Uruguayan side of the border. It is also on the way to the Fuerte San Miguel, which really is worth a visit.
  • How long should you stay for? No more than a couple of hours.
  • Where to sleep? There are several small hotels right off of the main avenue.
  • Where to eat? Plenty of restaurants on the main avenue. Uruguayan restaurants on the Uruguayan side and Brazilian restaurants on the Brazilian side.


a) If you plan to cross into Brazil, make sure to check if you need a visa to enter (US citizens must apply for tourist visas in advance).

b) If you are on a budget, eat and sleep on the Uruguayan side. Uruguay is considerably cheaper than Brazil.


Chuy - Brazilian side

The Brazilian side

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