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Archive of posts about Uruguay


Salto Stopover

We left Colonia and headed north, eventually aiming to get to Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. That was a fair way away though so we thought we’d break the journey with one last stop in Uruguay, in the town of Salto. The bus followed the Rio Uruguay (which is also the Argentine border) north for more than 8 hours, passing through very small towns and mainly rolling green hills, farmland and vineyards along the way. Click here to read more…


Cool Colonia

After the traumatic scenes in Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento was just what the doctor ordered.  Once an important town used by the Portuguese to keep tabs on the Spanish across the water in Buenos Aires, it is now a sleepy waterfront village. We arrived at about 4 in the afternoon and had covered most of the place by 6! Cobbled streets, small colourful houses and a very sweet lighthouse look out to the Rio de la Plata that separates Argentina and Uruguay. We were staying in the Albergue Espanol, a back to basics hostel 5 minutes from the old town. Our road led directly to the old city gate and wooden drawbridge and we were minutes from the water. Click here to read more…


Corpse and Robbers

From Buenos Aires we took the fast boat direct to Montevideo, which took about 3 hours. More boat dramas, I’m afraid. Turns out my constitution isn’t as strong as i thought! Nothing too horrific, just 40 minutes or so of unpleasant feelings of nausea. Still, I was very pleased when we arrived into Montevideo port! We’d booked a B&B which was close to the port and the old town so walked there from the boat. From the outside the place looked like a bit of a dump, it was a beautiful old building but not in a good state at all. We thought we must have had the wrong address because after lots of doorbell ringing and knocking there was no answer. Eventually someone did let us in and, once inside, the place was amazing. High ceilings, big rooms and a lovely patio garden. Our room was nice, although it looked out onto the street so was a bit noisy. We arrived at about 7pm and headed out more or less straight away.

The warning bells started ringing when our host warned us not to take anything out with us because it was a bit of a dodgy area. We did as we were told, and went out with the bare minimum. We walked to the old town, through some pretty squares, until we got to Plaza Independencia, the main square which is home to the old city gate. Click here to read more…