South American Splendors 2006 travel blog

Ready to board the ferry from Buenos Aires to Uruguay

So far, we had not had a spot of rain. The next two days were markedly different.

It was cloudy in Buenos Aires as we prepared to go through the border processes and cross the Rio de la Plata river to Uruguay. By the time we arrived in Uruguay a few hours later the clouds were heavy and threatening. By mid afternoon it was pouring and did not stop for 36 hours. I have honestly never seen such heavy rain for such a long period of time in my life.

We cleared the border processes without much discussion or dificulties. The ferry trip was only a couple hours but the contrast between Buenos Aires and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay where we landed was like day and night. The hustle and bustle of the big city was replaced by the laid back atmosphere of beaches and palm trees.

If not for the unfortunate weather, Uruguay would have been a paradise to spend a few days in. We traveled east along the coast through Montevideo and Pan de Azucar to Punte del Este where we stayed two nights.

Punte del Este is reported to be one of the worlds most famous beach communities. There are a muitude of beaches, yacht harbors, elegant seaside homes and expensive hotels here.

During our rest day in Punta del Este we did venture out on the bike in what looked like a break in the weather. Bad idea. It suddenly started pouring again driven by high winds. The main street we were riding on quickly covered with a 18" of fast flowing water.

We found some shelter for a time then proceeded to find our way back to the hotel which took some doing. We eventually made it back to the hotel but were soaked through to the skin despite our rain gear. (Did I mention I had never see rain this hard in my life!)

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