Nov 21, 2008
May 29, 2009
Leaving Montevideo on the long journey north to Brazil we stopped for a day in the small town of Salto. Salto is a small town even smaller than Colonia but is well established on the map by the hot springs that are located there. Our coach arrived outside the hotel just after dark and we settled into our hotel rooms before venturing out to glimpse the town at night and for food. The meal was huge and extremely reasonably priced although unfortunately having developed a cold (and hoping that it was swine flu) I was unable to taste anything. The next day we took a cab to the hot springs and indulged in South America's version of a full body massage. Not quite as thorough or relaxing as the ones I have had in China and South East Asia, combined with short periods of dipping in and out of the hot springs (it's too hot to stay in there for very long) and sunning myself in the glorious Uruguayan sun, it was just what I needed before the long overnight bus to Brazil. Before departing we caught some dinner at one of the local pub/restaurants and we were stunned by the biggest meal yet. I ordered a "Chivita", a kind of streak sandwich and couldn't believe the amount of food crammed on the plate, my companions meals were just as significant and at a grand total of about 70 Uruguayan Pesos (about £2) this was arguably the best value place I have been to eat. Replete from our feast, we boarded the overnight bus and attempted to find rest.