13.01.2010 - 13.01.2010 31 °C
Uruguay Final Thoughts
Well we made it to the airport safely after a few wrong turns getting through Punte Del Este this morning. What was amazing are the young kids walking the streets after a night of partying. Girls in their evening outfits/high heels stumbling and trying to hitch a ride home. Our pousado laughed when we asked if there would be traffic on the roads at 07:00. He said no one is one roads at that hour other than the party kids stumbling home. And he was right. We must have passed 200-300 kids throughout the beach districts. We even found a few bars still open and full. The traffic circles in town do not have the best markings so we took a few wrong turns. Thankfully Darwin has a great sense of direction and kept heading south west towards our final destination. We found the Centro (main plaza) area of town and then easily made our way to the highway.
The Montevideo airport is brand new (maybe 2 years old max)and very easy to navigate. We could not figure out where to drop our car, so finally decided to go to arrivals. You just park your car here and let the car rental agency know what stall you are in and away you go. So easy compared to trying to find your rental agency in a jammed parking lot. So that was super easy.
Departure taxes are $31US/person.
We have an hour to wait for our flight and then a 2 hour flight to Santiago. We talked to Kim yesterday and changed our rental vehicle for the next portion. Our little Chevrolet Corsa was small and the clutch was going on the car. So to get through the Andes Mountains we went with a Suzuki Vitterra. We will have to complete paperwork to cross the Argentina border with a Chile rental vehicle. According to websites/travel blogs it costs around $200USD. Then we have a 5 hour drive to Mendoza and we get to see one of the highest peaks in the Andes today. So this should be a fun adventure.
Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed this country. Today, we saw a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean as our pousado host made coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice for our road trip this morning. The service was outstanding and will highly recommend this to Kim for her clients travelling to this area.
Our only regret was not getting enough time on the beaches. It rained most of yesterday, so did not get sun until 16:00 and then we were driving back to our pousado from touring the marina. So did not get to take advantage of beach time. We would have loved to walk more beaches but we cut this portion of the trip from 7 days to 4 days because we were having troubles getting rooms and the costs on-line were very expensive. Oh well, at least we got a feel for the country and loved it.
However, South America is still a very patriarch society. Everyone greets Darwin first and he is the one spoken to for directions, menu ordering, wine sampling etc. It’s a different environment, especially for me. Not sure if I could live like this fulltime.
Our favourite memories from Uruguay are:
Darwin#5 – watching Mouse converse in Spanish ( a little bit)
- 4 – jammin’ session on beach at Punte del Diablo (he wants to start the band with the quarto D’s. Check out photo for more details)
- 3 palm trees on the prairies
- 2 - Alberta beef in uruguay
- 1- watching the sunrise in a fog on the beach
Michelle#5- discovering a new wine – Tannat....very reasonable and good
- 4- Uruguay restaurant recommended by a cabby who did not speak English but managed to tell us that his brother worked there. The food was fantastic
- 3- Endless beach scenery – love the sand dunes
- 2- our pousado dos el pajaro (house of birds) in punte del este (la Barra beach)
- 1- sleeping in the car and watching sunrise (just because it was unplanned and the only option)
So....Adios to Uruguay and Hola Chile/Argentina