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Aug 28, 2005 - Trip to Uruguay

This weekend Alex and I went to Uruguay to celebrate his 20th birthday- this was my present to him since he already has everything and really just wants to travel. I realize that when I say that we went to Montevideo, Punta del Este, and Colonia it means nothing to most people who are not familiar with Río de la Plata geography. So I'll start with a little introduction. Uruguay (who's full name is The Eastern Republic of Uruguay) gets its name from its orientation to the northeast of the Rio Uruguay which joins with the Río Paraná to form...

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Aug 21, 2005 - Punta Del Este.

Literally it means East Point and it is famous for its beaches and decadent nightlife... IN SUMMERTIME! Don't try it in Winter. Ghost Town. Nice beaches though. Back in Buenos Aires now and off to Ushuaia in the South of Argentina. About 200 miles from Antartica. Thermals at the ready Besos Tim and Nicky

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Jul 16, 2005 - Montevideo - Where the opening band starts at 2:15 am....

Back in March, we had booked a flight to take us from Buenos Aires to our next stop on the northern edge of Argentina. We had planned to spend a few days in Uruguay, then take the boat from Montevideo back to Buenos Aires on Saturday the 16th to catch the flight. Throughout our travels, we have enjoyed the flexibility of booking travel on the spot. This flight was an example where booking far in advance didn't work out well. By the time we went to buy our tickets for the boat back to Argentina (so we could catch the flight), the times we...

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Jun 5, 2005 - Punto del Este, Urugay

Punto del Este is THE place for the Argentinian elite to holiday. At least it is in summer. And before their economy melted down in 2001. Decided that since I was in Urugay anyway may as well pop out for a bit of a look-see before heading north again. As expected, Punto was pretty much deserted as it was off season. Really nice looking place though - would be good to come back when its a bit warmer when you are able to go swimming and surfing. With the additional benefit that to combat the economic downturn the local authorities legalised...

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Chris's rant fest

Mar 13, 2005 - Punta del Este

The vacation town of Punta del Este was our next stop. The town is situated on a peninsula with one shoreline facing the Rio del Plata and the other towards the Atlantic coast. The town itself is a real hip vacation destination for the wealthy Argentineans, who basically outnumber the local Uruguayan population. It is labled as the 'Hamptons' of B.A. Because of it's prestigue reputation and its large demand, the coastal town is substantially inflated, making it difficult to find affordable accomidations. However, since we hit it in the low...

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Feb 18, 2005 - Piriapolis and Punta del Este (Uruguay)

Hello everyone, I am a little late with my news as it's been over a week since I left the beaches of Uruguay, but I had a little adventure in Puerto Iguazu which distracted me for a few days (I'll write about it in my next entry called "Iguazu Falls"). I am currently in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, getting ready to start my Antarctica cruise on Sunday. But this entry is about beaches. From Feb 6 to 10 I was in sunny Uruguay enjoying some beaches. I spent three days in Piriapolis, a family beach resort which can look like...

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Feb 6, 2005 - Punta del Este Feb 6-8

Nobody was in Montevideo Monday or Tuesday because the entire country and region had Carnival, so I went to Punta del Este. It was a very cool resort town, which I was told is not only one of the most popular resorts in South America, but in the world as well. There was a complete lack of Americans here and no one seemed to be interested in the Super Bowl, so I had to seek out a place to watch it. I eventually found an italian restaurant to watch it in. I had pasta, wine and football, by myself. Yeah you read that correctly, I watched the...

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Feb 6, 2005 - Jose Ignacio

I also went briefly to Jose Ignacio, which is a small pueblo about 30km east of Punta del Este. On the surface it looked underdeveloped, however the houses and restaurants were very expensive and the majority of people that resided their were wealthy Argentians, such as actors and businessmen

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Feb 4, 2005 - Back to beach...in Punte Del Este, Uruguay

After much travelling the last few days, I have arrived at an anticipated destination. I am in Punte Del Este, Uruguay. It`s where all the rich Argentine`s and Uruguayan`s go to get some fun in the sun. But let me go back a bit. On Wednesday, I met up with my friend Harold in Buenos Aires, who flew in from NYC that morning. We got this hydrofoil ferry boat that went about 50 knotts per hour and it took us over to Montevideo, Uruguay. I was excited to see Montevideo, and had previously considered spending a week there taking a language...

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Jan 23, 2005 - Ibiza Latin American Style

Our next destination was Punta Del Este, which is apparently the ritziest resort in South America! Well we can say that the prices of everything makes it appear to be the ritziest resort in South America... The city is pretty wicked, there are lots of restuarants, pubs and clubs in the different suburbs and the beaches are beautiful. The first day we headed straight for the beach, since we havent been on one for about 3 months. We got into our cozzies and starting our tanning process. When we got back to the hostel later that evening, we...

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Our trip home ....

Jan 8, 2005 - Piriapolis, Punta del Este and La Paloma

After exploring the Montevideo city and its beaches for a few days we headed to Piriapolis. Piriapolis is a small coastal holiday town where families from Uruguay and Argentina like to spend their holidays. There were tons of people and again very few foreigners. We got the last 2 beds in the hostel which has a massive 330 beds. It wasn't that pleasant really. We also have found that in Uruguay the term 'youth' is really stretched to its limits. This 'youth' hostel was not only accomodating entire families but old bent over ladies with...

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Jan 3, 2005 - Traveling solo on the Gringo Trail

Traveling solo on the Gringo Trail "It was now the hour that turns back the longing of seafarers and melts their hearts, the day they have bidden dear friends farewell, and pierces the new traveler with love if he hears in the distance the bell that seems to mourn the dying day," Dante. After Christmas, I only spent a couple of days in Buenos Aires before moving on to Uruguay. It was a pretty easy decision to make, I had had my fill of the Big Apple when we arrived in October, and after three months of loving living in a small town,...

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