Punta del Este Convention Center Bid Process Opens…Again

Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Punta del Este. Eighteen months after the first of two failed bid processes commenced seeking construction and management teams for a new Convention Center, a third bid process is underway. “Until the bid is awarded, until it begins and finishes and we hand the key to the management company and we …

Private Developer Proposes Taking Carrasco Underground

The March opening of the new Sofitel Casino Carrasco has ushered in a new wave of interest and investment in the popular Montevideo barrio, and one development group wants to transform the neighborhood’s most high-profile avenue.¬† A proposal is on the table for the construction of an underground parking garage that would run the length of Avenida Arocena¬†from the Rambla …

Uruguay Invetigating Aerial Tramways For Montevideo

A half century after Uruguay tore down its first attempt at an aerial tramway, a German company is hoping to revive interest in the concept as a tourist attraction or transportation solution. In 1963, Uruguay initiated construction on an aerial chairlift to transport tourists from the beach of Malvin to the Isla de las Gaviotas. The project was doomed from …

Montevideo Closes The Gas Station In The Middle Of The Road

Of all the gas stations in Montevideo, there was one that was synonymous with convenience. Its myriad traffic, pedestrian and environmental hazards also made the whole gas buying experience feel more like an exhilarating extreme sport. First the convenience factor. Who among us flying down a highway with the needle on “E” hasn’t wished for a more convenient gas station …

Uruguay Timber Growers Benefit From US New Construction

The recent increase in US residential construction activity has been good news for Uruguay timber growers, according to the country’s leading forestry association. Uruguay is exporting significantly more lumber and plywood to the United States this year, a trend that is forecast to continue through 2013 and increase in 2014, says Carlos Faroppa, the director of the country’s Society of …