Uruguay is the way

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Mar 01, 2007

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hello from Colonia!

Its been awhile since last update so let me catch you up on what I´ve been up to. We left Iguazu Falls on an overnight bus to Salto, Uruguay. We arrived at 4am on the side of the highway to be picked up by taxis. Although groggy, we got to see a beautiful sunrise on our first day in Uruguay. 

Salto is not a very big place but has been made famous by the natural hot springs that are found there. On our first day we walked around the beatiful town with its historic arcitecture and did a little shopping before going to Salto´s main attraction. In celebration of the great exchange rate ($1 = 24 pesos) we all headed for the natural hot springs spa. I opted for the massage, pedicure, and full day package of the other spa facilities including  thermal baths, high power showers, wet and dry saunas, and 4 naturally heated swimming pools. The total cost for the indulgent day: $40 including tip. Spoiled and relaxed we returned into town and had a gourmet 3 course italian meal on the waterfront in one of the towns best restaurants. Fortunate for the exchange rate again, it was $80 total for 11 people to eat with wine and tip. Loving the Uruguayan peso! We finished up the night by watching Salto´s Carnaval celebration where they crowned the queen in a pagent.

The next stop on our tour was in the capital city, Montevideo. Montevideo is the largest city in Uruguay but feels very intimate. We spent most of our time walking around the historic part of the city which also had great old architecture and quaint shops to match. Our second day I spent exploring in the morning and sunning on the beach in the afternoon. The next day we were up early and off to Colonia.

Colonia is an adorable town you can see almost entirely by walking around for a few hours. Continuing with the other Uruguayan cities, it also has a historic part that prides itself on architecture. Yesterday I spent the day walking around, taking pictures, and checking out the view of Rio de la Plata. The river is the widest in the world (or is said to be so by the locals) and what I saw, probably one of the ugliest. The water was a dark tea and milk brown. Looking out, it appears to be an ocean but from the top of the lighthouse you can just make out the skyline of Buenos Aires. Last night we had another great dinner at an outdoor cafe while we enjoyed the sunset and live band along with our food.

Today we´re heading to Buenos Aires by ferry and should cross the river in about 1 hour by speed boat (the regular ferry takes 4 hours). Like today, and everyday so far, its another beautiful sunny day in paradise.

Happy Valentines Day!
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