Tag Archives: uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay

Our time in Montevideo was good although we feel that we spent a bit long in big cities by this point as we had just come from Buenos Aires. We would have liked more time in Uruguay to visit some small towns and rural areas as we have heard many good stories from other travelers. As we had travel commitments at this point we had to rush through Uruguay quicker than we would have liked. Anyway here is some of the things we enjoyed while in the city;

The People
The Uruguayan people we met were very chilled and friendly. We couldn’t believe that they seemed to drink even more yerba mate than the people of Argentina. In Uruguay  almost every second person had their mate cup in one hand and thermos under their arm while walking down the street, they love it so much the cannot put it down. There is a very big hippie culture in Montevideo which adds to the chilled atmosphere.

DSC00507
Plaza De Independecia

This is an important square in the centre of the city which separates the city from the downtown. There are many grand  buildings, such as the Solis Theatre and the workplaces of the president. Many locals come here to sit and drink mate or to relax on there break from work.

image

Artigas Mausoleum

This is a memorial of a local hero José Artigas and his part played in the independace of Uruguay. It was built in the 1930’s and Artigas’s remais are kept underneath the statue which is guarded by Blandegues de Artigas’s. We stumbled across it in the Plaza de Independencia when Chris was curious about what was down the stairs.
Old Town
We strolled around the old town people watching and looking at the amazing architecture and differences of the buildings. Along the way there are plenty of little market stalls selling things like sun hats, mate cups, gifts ect. There are many restaurants around the old town, we decided we had to try the famous “Chivito” this is basically a steak sandwich it was really tasty although we were trying to be healthy and order salad and no chips it came with chips and no salad. The waiter was really rude towards the end and showed us our bill then gave us a calculator with the price he wanted us to pay with his tip already added, we thought it was some form of tax!!

 

Marcado Peurto
We read reviews for this market and decided it was a must. When entering the market you are hit with delicious smells of meat sizzling away on the grills, there are some lovely little shops but most things are higher priced due to it being a bit touristy. We maybe shouldn’t have ate due to our budget, the food was good but wouldn’t say it was worth the price though we ended up spending $35 on lunch for a chicken salad, asado and 2 bottles of water. We were so full up so we didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day which was great for the wallet haha.

 


Ramblas/Beaches
At the coast of the urban city there are  beaches, the only thing is the water is pretty brown as it meres with a river. We took long strolls along the beaches whilst lots of locals were in swimming and having family fun. There are plenty of facilities close to the beaches such as swing parks, outdoor gym equipment, football nets, sports courts. We really enjoyed the beaches although we did have to watch out while walking for the dead fish that had been washed up on the sand. If you walk all the way along the beach and climb up the hill you can get photos with the Montevideo sign.

 

 

Advertisements

One month in one post..

Countries Visited: 4

Argentina: 10 days, Uruguay 4 days, Brazil 4 days & Colombia 7days + Next month!

Transport

5 Flights:

Glasgow – Amsterdam (2hrs), Amsterdam – Buenos Aires (14hrs)

Rio De Janerio – Lima (5hrs), Lima – Bogota (3hrs 45mins), Bogota – Monteria (1hr 15mins)

1 Ferry:

Buenos Aires – Colonia (1hr)

3 Buses:

Colonia – Montevideo (3hrs)

Montevideo – Porto Alegre (14hrs)

Porto Alegre – Rio De Janerio (24hrs)

Total  travel time: 68hours

Read about our border crossings here!

Accommodation

Casa De Santiago & Casa De Pancho: We were very lucky to stay friend and his brother in their apartment in Buenos Aries and then in his mothers house in Dolores.

Blanes Hostel: 3nights @ £22 per night

VeiwPoint Hotel: 1night @ £24 per night

Pousada Favelinha: 3nights @ £17 per night

check out our post in Rio to see how it was living in a favela!

Casa De Vivi: We met up with our Colombian friend vivi and spend 2nights in her sisters beach front apartment at Covenas beach and then in her mothers lovely house in Sincelejo.

Its has amazing to catch up with friends and even better to see them in their home countries and have wonderful tour guides haha. We have been so privileged and of course it does help whilst traveling on a budget so we would like to say a massive thank you and one day we hope to return the favour in Escocia (Scotland) Muchas Gracias Amigos!!!

Next month we are on our own so look out for dodgy hostel post, possibly might even try couch surfing!

Highlights:

  • Arriving in South America & meeting our friends from TI again
  • Leaving the wonderful Scottish winter weather behind for a Colombian Summer.
  • Drinking Yerba Mate
  • World wonder 2 ticked off the list, Christ the Redeemer
  • Getting our blog up and running after 2 years of talking about it.
  • The vast differences in the environments we have encountered.

 

Lessons Learned: 

  • Sometimes whilst travelling no matter how much you try to plan ahead it ends up outwith your control. Due to limited availability and being unable to book tickets online we ended up with a 2 day journey and mere 3 nights, 4days in Rio instead of the 5 we had planned which wasn’t going to be enough in this amazing city. On the plus side another trip to Brazil will be on the cards one day!
  • Not having enough Spanish to have full conversations had been a drawback although we are slowly learning! It has definitely restricted many conversations with some wonderful locals we have met. “hello how are you” conversations are just not deep enough to gain the knowledge and insight that these people have to offer us. LEARN MORE SPANISH!