Blogs from East, Uruguay, South America


South America » Uruguay » East » Rocha February 14th 2020

Uruguay Spanjolene kom til til området, som i dag heter Uruguay, i 1516. Fram til 1828, året som Uruguay ble en selvstendig stat, var det en stadig kiving mellom stort sett, portugiserne og spanjolene om herredømmet. Landet er i dag en demokratisk republikk. Det er ingen statsreligion og religionsundervisning er forbudt i skolen. Det er ca 45 % katolikker, og i 2012 ble både abort og likekjønnet ekteskap legalisert. For de historieinteresserte, finner dere mer informasjon helt på slutten av reisebrevet. For å få en rolig, avslappende avslutning på turen vår, ble vi, av en argentiner vi kjenner, rådet til å dra til nord/øst-kysten av Uruguay. Vannet er varmere og strendene bedre her enn i Argentina. Da vi oppdaget at karnevalsparadene så smått hadde startet opp i Montevideo, bestemte vi oss for å ta tre overnattinger ... read more
Montevideo - Palacio Salvo
Montevideo - Plaza Independencia

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este March 1st 2019

Texte en français après l'espagnol... ¡Tomaremos el camino hoy para continuar por el Río de la Plata, pero también llegaremos al Atlántico! ¡El color del agua cambiará en absoluto! Nos interesa visitar Punta del Este ya que todos nos han dichi ir hasta ahi... Desgraciadamente no elejimos un buen hotel en el camino... En Piriapolis nos espera el Hotel Escorial que esta en la rambla pero apenas entramos... y despues de todos los kilometros hechos me doy cuenta que es una locura volver dentre de dos dias de una vez hasta Colonia. Enseguida pregunto si podemos cancelar la segunda noche que teniamos que pasar aqui y gracias a Dios nos dicen que si... No les dije que era porque el lugar nos parecia demasiado popular, pero bien que para regresar la ruta iba a ser demasiada ... read more
pour aller le long de la côte vers le Nord

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Diablo November 16th 2017

Just because Uruguay is such a pleasant surprise and because we have enjoyed it so much we wanted to share some more pictures from the second part of our trip along the Atlantic coast of Uruguay. This means a lot of beach pictures so if this is not an appropriate moment for you, as we understand European autumn has arrived, please just skip this post. From Paloma we traveled to Cabo Polonio which is the direct opposite of Punta del Este. Where Punta del Este is the high rise building hip and posh latin American jet set beach resort, Cabo Polonio is a small hippie fishing village without electricity and running water in the middle of a nature reserve. Where in Punta del Este you can look at people, in Cabo Polonio you actually meet people. ... read more
Cabo Polonio downtown
Cabo Polonio
Cabo Polonio

South America » Uruguay » East » La Paloma November 8th 2017

Just a one hour boat ride across the river from Buenos Aires we found ourselves in Uruguay, which in a lot of aspects is the small brother of Argentina. Both countries are very modern and have a very European feel. The Uruguayans speak with the same accent we find a bit difficult to get used to and they eat the same (or more) amount of beef from the asado which we love. In summer half of the people in the country are actually from Argentina (on holidays) . We find the Uruguayan people a bit more friendly and live is clearly a bit more relaxed than their neighbours, travelling around the small country has been smooth and easy although again as in Argentina a bit expensive. Landing in Colonia we spent a few days wandering around ... read more
Colonia lighthouse
Antique street Colonia
Azulejos Colonia

South America » Uruguay » East November 1st 2017

Back to the mouth of the river and back into Uruguay. This port was a tender and put into a very picturesque beach town , well beach city I suppose. A small island used as a resort on the East coast. Puerto de Punta Del Estes. The day was sunny and warm with light winds. Quite a long tender ride in to the pier. On arriving , there was the usual mob of local tour operators, bus charter operators and taxi hacks. Everyone trying to sell their time and take up yours! We choose to walk,the perimeter with our friends, so 6 of us. We had a map and put Jit in charge of navigating the local tourist stops. Had we taken the ships tour , it would have cost us $49 each. Kate and I ... read more

South America » Uruguay » East April 11th 2017

I'm so far behind on my blog now that I'm going to try a different approach and jump back and forth between recent events and ones that now feel like a lifetime ago. So we now jumping forward about 100 days to last week. I'm currently in Uruguay and have been here since 30th March. It's not the most exciting country in South America, and it's very quiet in most parts at this time of the year. However there is a nice feel to the place, the people are laid back and friendly and I think it would be a great country to live in. What I have most appreciated is its size. I definitely prefer smaller countries - and in Uruguay a 5 hour coach trip took me right along the coast to close to ... read more
Punta del Diablo in the sunshine
Punta del Diablo beach
Dog at Punta del Diablo

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este March 16th 2016

Geo: -34.9751, -54.943We dressed in shorts and shoes expecting to walk around a small town. We should have dressed for a day at the beach. We were tendered ashore today into Punta del Este around 9.30am. What a beautiful little town. Long sandy beaches stretch out along both sides of this penninsula. On one side, a calm protected bay where our ship lay docked, and the other an exposed surf beach heading out to the South Atlantic. We wandered around the bay beach, alongside yachts, giant gulls and flying fish leaping out of the water. Even a giant sea wolf had arrived on shore as a welcoming party. Basically a large seal, with a huge impressive mane. It wasnt long before Id abandoned my shirt, and shoes for thongs and we were knee deep in the ... read more
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Punta del Este

South America » Uruguay » East » Cabo Polonio January 15th 2016

11Janvier, 6am, Bateau pour l’Uruguay! Post: espagnol-français --> Espero que se entienda algo! (Perdonad por los acentos ortograficos, casi inexistentes en el teclado francés...) On arrive à la petite Colonia, très mignone, où on prend un enorme desayuno riquisimo au bord du Rio de la Plata. De là, direct à Montevideo… preparados para tomar el volante y la carretera uruguaya! En nuestro Renault Clio de alquiler, vamos descubriendo el verde e inhabitado paisaje hasta llegar à Punta del Este (la Marbella sudamericana) para ver a mi querida Bea (a la que no veia en Espania desde hace por lo menos 5 anios, y la vida nos lleva a reencontrarnos al otro lado del charco!) Primera improvisación del viaje, no tenemos donde dormir, así que toca dormir en el coche! En un clio modelo de hace 10 ... read more

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este March 24th 2015

Its been some time since we last wrote. We left Torres del Paine quite exhausted and in need of some comfort. When we arrived in El Calafate we chose a very comfortable hotel to stay in for two nights. Our main purpose in this area was to visit Perito Moreno, a massive glacier which can be seen from quite close. The glacier was indeed beautiful and massive, with the most fun part being the waiting for chunks to break off and fall in the water. One was especially dramatic: given that the glacier is about 70 meters in height a chunk of ice falling off makes for a pretty large splash! Another sight that we considered was hiking up Mount Fitzroy, a few hours away from El Calafate. However, since the weather predictions weren't looking too ... read more
Our apartment building in Buenos Aires
Tango in San Telmo
Drinking Yerba Mate in the botanical gardens

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este March 5th 2015

After covering over 12,000 km driving in the RV, making our way to Uruguay and exploring Colonia, Cabo Polonia, Punta de Diablo and the whole east coast of Uruguay arriving in Punta del Este was a wonderful break. Believe it or not this can take a toll on you. We are all needing a break from our transient life style as well as each other. We rented a one bedroom apt. through airbnb which has proven to he a helpful website on our travels. Max and Liv shared the bedroom with 2 single beds while Sean and I slept in luxury. I on a single daybed and Sean on the single trundle mattress that pulls out from under the daybed! GER-Day....memories of living in Ottawa ( eh Millie) We had a little kitchen that had all ... read more
Visiting the Loberia's
Fresh fish all day everyday!

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