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Country #5: Uruguay

March 15, 2011

For our fifth country, we did not spend that much time exploring.  In fact, we did not spend that much time there at all and kind of went on a whim in the first place.

In front of a large hand statue on the beach

Uruguay, along with a trip to the Argentine wine country, took the place of our journey to Bolivia.  We spent all of our time in a city called Punta del Este which is supposed to be the big vacation beach town for Argentinians and Uruguayans. 

The beach at Punta del Este

We got to Punta del Este by a boat/bus combination.  Setting sail in Buenos Aires at around 1:00 in the morning on a very large boat with a few hundred other passengers.  Upon arriving in a city called Colone, we transferred to a 50 passenger bus that took us the rest of the way.  Montevideo, the capital city, we only saw from the windows of the bus – and it was night.

Once we arrived at our final destination, it took us a little while to get situated.  Our three priorities were finding a place to stay, a shower, and a laundry service.  We had not showered since before we went to Iguazu Falls and we had not done laundry since Cartagena, Colombia – rough.

Unfortunately those three objectives took us a little longer than expected.  This in turn made us miss the opportunity to visit a beach a couple of hours from where we were staying.  Called Cabo Polonio, it is a place that is only accessible by 4 wheel drive dune buggies and we are told is beautiful, pristine beach that has not been ruined yet by tourism or urban development.  However, we did not get to see it, which stinks, but oh well.

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Instead we enjoyed our time on the beach in Punta del Este, getting sun, walking up and down the shore, and relaxing.  We ate lunch and drank clerico by the water and then ate dinner and watched a very pretty sunset into the ocean later that night.  The weather was decent, a little cloudy and cooler, but had its moments of sun and warmth.  The water on the other hand was pretty frigid the entire time.  We saw a lot of people who seemed to have forgotten half of their bathing suits, some quite unfortunate for us. 

I am not sure that we will go back any time soon except to possibly explore that remote beach and maybe check out Montevideo.  Regardless, I guess we can say we have been to Uruguay and we have fresh, clean clothes that make us ohh soo happy.

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