After 10 days, Oh so casual in Uruguay

Trip Start Nov 07, 2006
Trip End Apr 26, 2007

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

They say the Spanish always put things off until "manyana" but here in Uruguay that is not the case. Here they do things when they feel like it, maybe now ,maybe later, may even be "manyana" or perhaps they won"t bother to do it at all. These people are so wonderfully laid back and they try so hard to help and communicate, they are friendly, easy going and have a pride in their country and in themselves.
At the moment we are on the coast having been in the rural smaller towns. Everywhere things are clean and well maintained showing a good recovery from the economic crash of 3 or 4 years ago. Everyone walks tall, the younger generation wear the up to the moment fashions and there are very few hands held out for the odd peso.

Salto Grande--A great thermal park, good hotels that will do deals at this time of year, (their season is in their winter). Recommend the "Gemini hotel" if you want to spoil yourself, a 4 * hotel where a double room only costs about 13 pounds.

Montevideo-- The capital, noisy, brash, a typical big city where you have to pass through to get anywhere.Not recommended, the "Royal Palace Hotel" near the Tres Cruces bus terminal. It may be clean but it is extremely noisy, cramped, skimpy on the bed linen and doesn"t include the normal breakfast in their rather overpriced tariff.

San Jose--A great little town that has a great heart. People go out of their way to talk to strangers, the town square comes to life every night with music, shows and displays. Here you feel you are in the real Uruguay. If you want to spoil yourself for 15 pounds a night for a double then I would strongly recommend "The Central Hotel", it has everything you could ask for. 

Colonia del Sacrimento--Regretfully a must town that has all the history that you could wish for. An extremely pretty place, so beautiful that you take a multitude of photographs of the old cobbled streets and ancient houses. Many hotels, (charging tourist prices) and some good hostels, the HI hostel looks a good bet.
Carmelo--This town is recommended by the "Lonely Planet Guide". I think they have got it wrong, 24 hours is plenty to see and do everything here. Prices are low but I"m not surprised!

That"s it on our visits so far, I will do one more blog to tell you of our mistake in choice of hotel yesterday. It needs it"s own summary.

 Take care all you travelers, there is a lot of fun in Uruguay and very little danger beyond negotiating the crazy traffic.       Peter T.
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