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Feb 23, 2006 - Punta del Este, 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...

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Jan 20, 2006 - Piriapolis

A half hour walk along the coast brought us to Playa San Francisco a fantastic sweeping beach which is not as busy as Playa Piriapolis in the town and where we spent most of the afternoon. On the walk back to town we bought our tickets for the ferry but found out we cannot leave until sunday as two ferries somehow had a collision and put them out of action for two days. This meant we didn't have to get back to Colonia tonight and instead we could stay in Piriapolis for a few more hours and go up the chairlift to the lookout over town....

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Jan 4, 2006 - Punta del Este, La Barra, Insane Chica's the south american riviera in Uruguay

So I have been in Punta for about 5 days. I realize that I am about 4 weeks behind in this. If nothing else I hope to get more pictures uploaded. I left my friends Woody, Rachel and Juan and they dropped me off at a hostel. Been having an amzing time. Hooked up with some great contacts for BA when I return there. So quick funny story. I was in yet another amazing bar with too many gorgeous women and appearantly Josh JAckson was there. I have no idea who that is or if the name was right, but I was told he was the star of Dawsons Creek....

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Dec 18, 2005 - Uruguay

Montevideo is renowned as South America's most laid-back capital with a population of 1.3 million it holds a high proportion of students and young workers adding to the lively buzz. The city has a European feel to it mainly due to the large influx of Spanish and Italian immigrants in the late 19th century. Supposedly we were going to stay in the 'nicest hotel of our trip', but from previous experience we knew not to get too excited, and how right we were....the place was old and not very clean looking. Our toilet flush even broke on us so...

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Dec 12, 2005 - Uruguay: Punta Del Este

Christmas aproaching and we need to find somewhere to stop over the holidays. Decided to try Punta del Este about 2 hours up the coast from Montevideo. Punta is supposed to be a rich persons playground second only to Rio for the place to be seen by rich Brazilians and Argentinians. All I can say is they can't be that fussy, nice enough place, much like the Spanish costas. I assume its called a rich persons playground because everything is so expensive. Even MacDonalds costs more here than elsewhere, and all the shops are designer...

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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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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 - 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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