Montevideo, Manantiales, Colonia del Sacramento
Trip Start Aug 23, 2012
48Trip End Aug 20, 2013
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Montevideo is a beautiful city with a mix of very old, very new, very rich and very poor; the streets are lined with old trees and most of the horses wear either hats (boy horses) or fascinators made of leaves (girl horses). We spent three pretty lazy days touring the city and heading to the beach when things got too hot. Similar to Argentina, night-life in Uruguay does not start until around 9pm, which is not far off our bedtime; given our inability to tan or stay up past 10pm, we have decided a life in Uruguay is not for us.
From Montevideo, we headed further along the coast to a small resort town called Manantiales which appears to be a mecca for the most gorgeous people in the world – I’m surprised they didn’t make us wear bags on our head – haha! We have gotten pretty blasť about arriving in new places and finding our hostel, our motto being ‘we’ll figure it out’. It turns out that this idiom doesn’t really translate into Spanish, which resulted in our bus driver frantically researching and calling our hostel and manically tapping away on google-translate on his phone to ensure we knew where we were going; this turned out to be extremely helpful given 1) Manatiales didn’t have tourist information, maps or even street names and 2) it was about +35 when we arrived which would have meant I would have lasted about 3 minutes before having a melt-down. After exploring town (all 8 blocks of it) we spent the remainder of our time at the beach and (our new addiction) watching Planet Earth Documentaries on Netflix.
Next stop – Mendoza (again!) for some more winery tours by bike (for the sole purpose of shaping-up for 7-weeks of biking in New Zealand, obviously) before heading to our last few stops in South America…