mt99
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Trip To Uruguay

Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:48 pm

Hey Guys,

I am heading to MVD next week for a few days, and was looking for some sightseeing advice.

Taking the Ferry down to Buenos Aires for a night or two, but intend to make Uruguay the center of our trip.

Does anyone have any good tips? Is it easy to move around Montevideo using public transportation?

Thanks!
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ogre727
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RE: Trip To Uruguay

Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:46 pm

I dont think its that easy to use public trasnportation, but taxis are cheap. And walking is a total delight. I love Montevideo.... it´s like a "light" version of Buenos Aires.. people are very cultivated... very nice to deal with... and if you are into guys as much as I am (and I am married) you´ll find the hottest south americans in uruguay.

Finally, colonia de sacramento is a small city in uruguay totally worth checking out... is an Unesco protected site (or whatever its called) and its beatiful.

Hope this helps.
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RE: Trip To Uruguay

Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:34 pm

You have small relaxing towns like Carmelo or as ogre727 mentions, Colonia del Sacramento, and also you have some pretty good beach resorts like Punta del Este (expensive) or Cabo Polonio among others.
MVD per se I've only neem there a few hours so I can't really say, but one thing is for sure; Uruguaians are great friendly people, easy to get along with and much less stressed than us Buenos Aires people. You'll have a great time for sure!
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RE: Trip To Uruguay

Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:05 am

Many things have been said already, Colonia del Sacramento is great, also Punta del Este.

In Montevideo itself it is mainly about being close to so much water. There is a nice, wide, and long way at the coastline, from the harbour along all the south side of the city, very nice to walk. Other nice places are the old town around the Palacio Salvo. Also the Torre de las Telecommunicaciones, the beaches in the east of the city, and the lighthouse on the southern tip.

MVD was my first destination in South America, and I love it. November is a great time to go, the weather in Europe sucks, and there you are right in spring, but before the prime season were it is crowded.

Enjoy it.
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RE: Trip To Uruguay

Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:01 am

Hey mt99! Im very glad you will visit Uruguay!

In Montevideo the best transportation IMO are the taxis. It's fast and cheap. Buquebus among others, offers good one-day (or more) excursions to different places in Uruguay. Man there are so many things to visit in Uruguay, that i could write a whole essay about it . I'd consider Montevideo, Piriapolis, Punta Del Este and Colonia the MUST visit.   Of course Baires as i call it, is just across the river, PU offer quite good fares something like MVD-PDP-MVD, oh well rumours says they will be operating in El Palomar Airport in Baires instead of EZE when AEP is not available.

Try out the pizza! It's A LOT different! As well as "chivito" and "Asado".

Quoting EZEIZA (Reply 2):
Uruguaians are great friendly people, easy to get along with and much less stressed than us Buenos Aires people. You'll have a great time for sure!



Didnt want to get off-topic, but, wanted to point out that IMO, We Uruguayans don't really deserve the love Argentina have for us. There are so many people that "dislike" Argentina in Uruguay. Uruguayans should be so proud of Argentina.  

Anyways, have an awesome trip my friend mt99!  

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RE: Trip To Uruguay

Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:39 pm

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 4):
rumours says they will be operating in El Palomar Airport in Baires instead of EZE when AEP is not available.

it's not a rumour, it's happening  

AEP is closed until early December and all PU (and BQB) flights are operating from Palomar (which makes not as convenient as taking the ferry.

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 4):
There are so many people that "dislike" Argentina in Uruguay

Honeslty, I don't blame them. Uruguay gets some of the worst of porteño society each summer at PDP. Not everyone of course, but the worst are there each year.
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RE: Trip To Uruguay

Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:42 pm

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 4):
Didnt want to get off-topic, but, wanted to point out that IMO, We Uruguayans don't really deserve the love Argentina have for us. There are so many people that "dislike" Argentina in Uruguay. Uruguayans should be so proud of Argentina.

Maybe that has something to do with how the -recently gone- ex-president Cherry (Kirchner, I'm learning German and Kirchner's last name now makes me think of cherries, hahaha, the spelling is very close), went about the whole Uruguay River Paper mill and the environmental debate? That was a faithful example of his montonero past, intimidate and bully when you know people won't or can't fight back. I feel I can say this now that it's been a few weeks since his death. But it's true, the man did some good things but he also was quite distasteful in others.

The fact is Argentina is the much bigger country than Uruguay: 1/6 of South America landmass, 25% of Mercosur GDP, G20 member, with Chile the highest HDI in Latin America, highest per capita GDP (again after several years), largest internet access for population, a nuclear and space/satellite industry, medical know-how, the leading film industry in South America, a center of the television industry for Latin America (specially in cable network news, sport, teen shows and advertisement), exploding in wine exports, in overall sports (olympics + football, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis, etc), according to the world rankings one of the best performing nations in sport, the most involved nation in Antarctica...

... And why do I say all that feel good, yet obvious stuff vis a vis Uruguay? Because it thus is completely beyond the pale that Kirchner did not unblock the protesters at the Gualaguaychu border bridge, let alone the other bridges when they were blocked, back in the heyday of the conflict in 2004 and 2005. That the president of a country with those statistics, would almost block a small neighbor and not just any neighbor, one which for many reasons are special neighbors (our history, ethnic commonality, culture.... think Australia / New Zealand, United States / Canada, Germany / Austria), is inexcusable and I still feel Buenos Aires owes a major official apology.

Argentina should be the bigger country and make a major gesture, I'm hoping with a new government next year maybe it will happen. But until then, the country and all conscious citizens should be beyond embarrassed because it made us look so small intellectually.

To the OP, have a great time in one of the safest, most tolerant nations in the Americas.

[Edited 2010-11-13 09:53:21]
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