Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
326Trip End May 13, 2009
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This plan went out the window.....
We went past the campsite which was actually 15km out of the centre - not good! and went into the centre on the bus. We got off the bus, dumped our stuff and walked to the Brazilian consulate which is a tiny building on Avenida Internacional - (fitting). We got in the place after asking many people for directions and were told it could be done on the spot for 4,500Pesos and we would need to return with a photo within 30 minutes as the service closes at 11am. So off we dashed and ran down the road, only for Sarah to stop and she worked out the price at $250!!!!!!!!!!! For 8 days in Brazil!!!!!!!!!! She needs to go as her flight leaves from Rio but that is rediculous. We went back after changing the money and getting a photo before 11am and I told Sarah to ask them a whole host of questiones, 1 Is there a transit visa which is cheaper, 2 some proof of the amount (we were expecting it to be $130) and 3 is it multiple entry and would it be any cheaper for a single entry.
The answers were simple. Wether it is for 1 day or 6 months it is $230 and there is no other visa. They had proof but we were not allowed to see it! Their deal is they charge foreign nationals the same amount as it costs them to entre so they kind of use a mirror system. If the USA charges $230 for a visa for the Brazilians, they will charge US citizens the same in return - fair enough really........ Except the US were not charging this much for the Brazilians! Sarah kicked up a bit of a fuss and we went to the Internet to do some research and anywhere in the US Sarah could order a visa from a company including delivery for $130 - now I cant believe these companies would be willing to lose $100 per visa aplication so we didnt get the visa.
We got on a bus back to Montevideo and we are heading back to Argentina - eventually to cross the boarder in Iguazu falls to Brzil hoping it will be cheaper for Sarah.
While in Chuy we saw a load of Contraband CDs and Cigaretts which the Brazilians come over to buy on the cheap, I ate a really nice Millanesa and Sarah changed a whoile load of unneccessary money into Uruaguayans and bought a photo - for no reason :-)
Now 6 hours back to Montevideo!