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  • Day7

    Early start on the ferry this morning to make it to Uruguay. Then on the bus to Montevideo. Nothing like New Zealand bus trips thank goodness, so no sickness. Nothing but straight roads and reclining seats (with foot rests), very nice.
    Had a wander around Montevideo and explored an old palace and a museum dedicated to the Andes plane crash in the 70s.

  • Day8

    Today was a miserable weather day so thankfully it was spend in a warm bus to tour Punta Del Esta, a tourist town on Uruguay's coast.
    We were the only ones on the bus who spoke English but had a very impressive tour guide who said everything in 3 languages (Spanish, Portuguese & English) for the whole day.

  • Day17

    Nous sommes allés à Montevideo qui est la capitale de l'Uruguay. Nous avons pris un mini bus qui nous a arrêté aux endroits les plus jolis par exemple la plage de Montevideo avec son nom en grandes lettres blanches. Et nous avons vu les principales places de la capitale. Nous avons vu un très ancien stade de football qui a plus de 100 ans. En espagnol football s'écrit futbol mais se prononce pareil. J'ai bien aimé.


    NB : photos comme texte sont le reflet de cette petite ville dont le charme ne nous a pas sauté aux yeux... Mais peut-être n'y sommes nous pas restés assez longtemps.
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  • Day215

    Nur durch den Rio de la plata (Fluss) getrennt liegt Uruguay, genauer Colonia del Sacramento, gegenüber von Buenos Aires. Da ist nur der Haken, dass der Rio de la plata de breiteste Fluss der Welt ist und mit 50 km Abstand zwischen den beiden Orten, noch nicht mal die maximale Ausdehnung erreicht ist. Also Fähre nehmen und rüber.
    Colonia del Sacramento ist ein recht verschlafener kleiner Ort mit einem alten Stadtkern, der UNESCO Weltkukturerbe ist. Daneben bietet der Ort noch einen Strand, der nicht wirklich dazu einlädt in der braunen Brühe des Rio de la plata zu schwimmen.
    Zurück ging es dann auch wieder via Fähre.
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  • Day4

    Nach gemütlichem Frühstück fahren wir mit dem Tender zur Ilha Grande. Ein kleines tropisches Inselparadies. Die Hauptstadt besteht nur aus einer kleinen Gasse. Keine befestigten Straßen in keine Autos. Leider aber auch keine Kokosnuss. Dann müssen wir eben heute mal Wasser trinken😁
    Ein Taxiboot bringt uns an die Südküste der Insel.
    Palmengesäumt und wunderschön. Gestärkt mit einheimischen Tapiokafladen wandern wir eine halbe Stunde querdschungelein zum Strand von Lopez-Mendez. Der Strand ist ein Traum aus dem Bilderbuch.
    Affen in den Bäumen und Sand so weiß, dass er unter den Füßen quietscht. Sowas haben wir noch nie gesehen. Unbeschreiblich schön. Pünktlich um 17.00 Uhr sind wir zurück am Tender. Morgen erwartet uns dann Sao Paulo, die letzte Station in Brasilien.
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  • Day17

    We fell a little bit in love with Montevideo after just a day there, and would recommend anyone to visit. After the hustle and bustle of Rio and BA, the city had a really chilled vibe, matched by its people who enjoy a slower pace to life. If I ever emigrate it may be to Uruguay!

    When we ventured out in the morning life had reentered the city, and the streets were busy with vendors, cafés and stalls. We wandered down from the old city to independence square where (of course) we met our walking tour guide sipping his matte (a herbal tea which most Uruguans carry around all day, clutching their hot water flasks like a baby). He was the most eccentric guide yet, and had a wonderful self depricating way of describing Montevideo and its inhabitants. Uruguyans are mostly lazy, friendly and progressive. Their loves are football and steak, and that is all you need to become Uruguyans, vegetarians beware.

    We followed him from one leafy square to the next untill we ended in the old market, now full of steak restaurants. With our new friends from the walking group we sat down to some more amazingly good steak and wine. We decided to meet up again in the evening and after a few drinks at their hostel we headed to a tapas restauraunt. We ended the night learning a new card game from Columbia which had been dubbed "Cuckoo". Tricky and conniving I hope we come up against more people who know this game!

    Next day and we're back in BA with a flight down to Patagonia tomorrow. It will be a nice change to go from hot busy cities to a colder climate, with amazing mountains to trek!
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  • Day101

    I am keen to exlpore the city , so after a shower we walk towards the historical centre. There are so many places of interest in this beautiful place and as soon as we step out the door the buildings on route attract our attention. Its really quite sad that so many of the wonderful buildings are left empty and with ony a small amount of money could be restored to there former glory. Glorious parks line the route and the city has a real ambience and hustle without feeling to hectic . We stop for a few minutes watching two guys playing chess in the street, they are mesmerising to watch and they play with a timer ,smashing there chess pieces down in a matter of seconds then smashing the clock with the same speed to keep within their time, they could honestly be proffesionals. As we continue our walk there is a huge building that dominates the skyline in front of us, this is the entrance to the plaza independencia. Artigas is a hero of Uruguay having defeted the English and giving Uruguay its indpendence his statue dominates the square astride his horse and behind this is where he is buried. We enter the crypt which is underground and has a real eeriness about it , two statues of guards are either side of the urn dressed in military attire and as i go to take a photo i am impressed with how life like they look......then he blinks.. i let out a gasp of fright and it takes him all his time not to laugh, but proffesionally remains perfectly still. Our next port of call is the theatre Solis, which was built 200 years ago for entertainment for the Europeans that had now inhabited the city. We ot for he guided tour here as its so beautiful we want to know a little more. Today is Womans Day and the philarmonic ochestra are laying here tonight, the tickets are free and have all gone, but we are treated as when we enter the presidents box they are rehearsing for tonights performance . The theatre has a program that allows people from the surrounding small towns (who would never be able to afford to come here ) to come here and experience a day at the theatre, they pay for their travel and even throw in lunch before they watch the evenings performance. All ticket prices in the theatre are the same as they dont want just the rich people having the best seats which reminds me of Ed sheeranspolicy at his concerts and is a fantastic idea. We contine exploring the endless museums and walk all the way to the river before stopping for a bite of lunch in a restaurant close by. We decide to treat ourselves and order a steak, which isnt cheap, but i am desperate to have one cooked how i like it Medium Rare . Although we have eaten a few steaks here they have generally been well done, and when it arrives it doesnt even touch the sides. It literally melts in my mouth and is worth every penny. We explore a little more before heading back to the hotel to pack. on the street is a mime artist, who really catures my eye and i stand mesmerised by her for several minutes , as i place a few coins in her ot she comes to life and softly beckons me over placing a small piece of paper in my hand when i open it up it has a spanish quote in it which translates to " the diffuculy common people have prepares them for extrordinary destinations " true xRead more

  • Day100

    Luckily I remembered to set the alarm an hour early due to my hone still being an hour out. We wake at 6 and literally have a quick wash and brush our teeth before heading for the terminal to catch our first bus of the day to Monteveido. The town is so quiet , but still as beautiful as i rememered it yesterday and when we arrive at the station I'm surprised at how many peole ar waiting to catch the bus. The bus to Montevedio takes just under 3 hours and is in perfect timing for us to be able to catch our onward coach to Cabo Polonia. We board the second bus which takes just under 4 hours and were heading to a place we have heard mixed reviews about. Its always difficult to know what to do as when you read reviews of places ,peolple may not like the things you do and without knowing them personally its hard to judge. We ahve read that the place has no water and no electric, but we decide that is only one day so wont be so bad. The bus drops us at the end of a dirt track and there is a really well established tourist reception and having learnt the hard way we book our tickets for our return journey tomorrow . We then buy tickets for our 4x4 ride to 'camp' . Two jeeps are waiting to take us all , but they are pretty packed to the brim, so we will have to wait till the next one in an hour. Someone must have radioed over as within minutes another jeep pulls in and the remaining passengers climb aboard. The journey is hilarious everyone is being thrown all over the place as we head through the sand dunes forest and shore line until we arrive at the plaza. Cabo Plonia is a little hippy village with literally shacks scattered all over the place . We book into the hostel and as its later in the afternoon head out to explore this tranquil little spot. We pass a convenience store which is little more than a wooden shed with bare essentials and fresh fruit and veg and a set of old fashioned scales to weigh evertything with. We forget how easy life is with electric and the guy adds our shopping bill with a pencil and paper. It feels like I have been transported to another century and the sense of this gives me a feeling of total freeedom. I love this place already. We walk along the coast as there is the promise that we might see sea lions and seals. the coast is beautiful with waves crashing against the rocks below us, the isolation and the immense feeling of freedom are overwhelming . The walk takes us along to the lighthouse and we purchase tickets to enter that have $40 written on them but we are charged $50 we laugh thinking that the 2 guys have ripped us off but the case is the admission fee has gone up but they are still using the old tickets. The view from the lighthouse gives us panoramic views of the whole island as well as the little island just of shore that houses the seals and sea lions. The sealions come ashore when they have been ousted by the chief seal on the island, or have fought and lost the battle. As we arrived on the jee there was a dead seal on the beach, and that was the ultimate loss. Although sad to see, its all nature.
    A short walk back to the hostel takes us less than ten minutes and we reare some pasta for tonights tea and tomorrows lunch. Yet again we sit chatting with some really incredible people from all over the world, but i am very aware of my lack of Spanish. The sunset is pretty non existent so we all sit around the table chatting as the night draws in . The need for candlelight is soon upon us , however it is not so bad here as they now have wind turbines(which is broken and solar panels but beacuse of the lack of sun today the slar energy soon runs out and we are back to the bare basics. This is so atmospheric and i do believ i could honestly live this way. The night life here doesnt start till after 10 and we take a walk out to a "local" bar that has thepromise of folk music. Walking in the dark in this place is no joke and within minutes im on my knees in the sand. Withe nothing happening at the bar we head back to the hostel and a camp fire with guitar. Everybody in South America loves the beatles and Uruguay is no acception.
    Slowly people head to bed , but one of the guys tells us that at 3am the whole of the milky way will be visible and its things like this i dont want to miss. the night turns colder but the fire keeps us warm and just sitting here gazing at millions of stars is breathtaking, its hard to oint out constellations as there are so many but one of the guys has an app on his phone which shows where they all are. (i must download this when i get internet) Just when i hink things couldnt get any better a girl comes from the beach and tells the reamining 3 of us that we must come to see . As we walk to the beach 100 yards away the sight that beholds us is one i will never forget. As the waves are crashing in they are filled with an illuminous blue what i believe are organisms ( i will do my research when i get wifi) as each wave crashes the smie on my face gets bigger and bigger to a point i have smiled so much my cheeks hurt . The crazy thing about this is my sister sent me a picture of this since ive been travelling and when i researched it they said they could only be seen in Costa Rica but here i am witnessing it. We go back to the fire to have a warm and Mark retires for bed but it is only another hour till the full milky way and igo down to the beach to continue watching this phenomenen. The 360 % view is just filled with twinkling stars and a glowing sea and although i was unable to get decent photos that would still not have done it justice it is something I will remember till the day i die.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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