First experience of Uruguay was a visit to the hot springs resort at Salto, for a relaxing back massage and a slow steam in the hot pools. Another long coach ride dropped us at the capital city of Montevideo, with its lively atmosphere but slightly tatty and frayed streets with graffiti-clad walls. A stormy day exploring the city with stops for tea and cake was followed by great food and giant bottles of local Pilsen beer (v good) in the pedestrianised centre.
Final stop was the beautiful colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento - fought over by the Spanish and Portuguese. We ate ice cream and wandered through cobbled streets with old churches, and mountain biked to deserted beaches before watching a stunning sunset.
Buenos Aires update to follow - wishing everyone back home a very Happy Christmas from here in sunny Argentina.