Uruguay summed up
Trip Start May 01, 2010
51Trip End Oct 15, 2010
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The bus station!
The people are fantastic, very friendly and never one to let you wander around lost, thirsty or hungry. They range from tiny children who smile in the street, to middle aged well dressed women who notice our bewildered looks at the bus stops, to the tough old gaucho men who wear beret hats and socks tucked into their trousers (gaucho is cowboy). We never felt threatened or uncomfortable making it one of the safest places we have been!
Compared to Buenos Aires which is night time city where the locals emerge to have their dinner at 10 pm, Uruguay seemed very much a mid afternoon sort of place. Shops are never open until after 10am and the restaurants are all closed and cleaned away by 8pm, so be prepared for early nights and long lie ins
The architecture is nearly all colonial, signs of past riches left by the Spanish are all over the country. Beautiful high ceiling houses built around a central courtyard now lie crumbling in need of repair, but give a good impression of its previous splendour.
The scenery is stunning, it's not very tropical as the temperatures are fairly low, but it consists of vast planes of grazing cattle land broken up by dry forests and the occasional river. The coastline was lovely but a little chilly for us, long beaches that seem to stretch for miles and big rough seas- no good for swimming or diving, but ideal if you wanted to learn how to surf!
Finally the sunsets which were the best we have seen the world over, no words can describe how amazing they are! Take a look at the pictures!
All in all, we enjoyed Uruguay, but I do not think we will return (except for the sunsets) as it is a small country and we have seen most of it. The hotels and hostels were of good quality and all with wifi, but it was fairly expenisve- especially the bus journeys which sapped our budget!
Onwards to Brazil!