Dusty Streets and Muddy Deltas

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 19, 2009

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

We boarded the boat to Carmelo with anticipation of where we would end up.  Carmelo had no map in the guidebook and we were looking to divine inspiration to get us where we needed.  We have eachother thats all we need!!!

After about 30 minutes of sailing on the muddy deltas and having seen every possible rotting vessel (at least our government blows them up out at see to create dive sites!!!) along the delta I could handle, I took my aching feet to find a cosy corner to finish off Harry Potter for good!  Bill stood outside and took in the view and exhaust of the boats engines.  NICE...

Three hours later, solid land appeared and we came across an amusing sight.  The beach Uruguaian style... Umbrellas, deck chairs (like something out of the 80s) and muddy water.  I realise at this point it was not the beach resort I was hoping for and that am not swimming here. 

Further down the delts, we arrive at our port.  After a very dodgy check of our bags and collection of our immigration forms (that we didnt even fill out) we were on dry land in Carmelo... Oh my god!!!!

Most passengers lined up straight away to hop back on the ferry to Montevideo, the others that didnt were swiftly collected by friends and/or family and then there was Bill and I, standing there, with the open dusty road ahead, no map and no other sign of life!!  Again, oh my god!!!

At least it was still daylight... Common sense would have said to stroll up the delta(river)bank but we chose the dusty road.  A few blocks up it just felt all wrong so we started to the right.  Eventually we realised that there was a tarred road ma few block over and we headed and round the corner found a hotel.  Thank godness for that!!! We even got the presidential suite.  Not sure whose president would appreciate it though????   At the very least hotel Rambla offered us a bed and shower for the night.  A short walk around town later, we found alot more signs of life, a cafe and the bus company to get us out in the morning.

Carmelo is a nice quaint town.  Everyone goes to the muddy "beach" during the day and rides around on their motor scooters like psycos at night...  We had a walk around the waterfront before we left.  Nothing to write home about but for the cheaper ferry crossing.. We are out of here!!
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starlagurl on

What an adventure!
Even though your trip isn't what you expected it to be, it's good to know you're still having fun and staying optimistic about it all.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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