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Uruguay - Mercedes

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We were chatting to a local in Montevideo who was from Mercedes who asked us, why are you going there??

Partly because it sounded good and also because it was conveniently right next to Gualeguaychu (our next stop to check out Carnival, Argentinian style). I don't think there was a hostel but we found a guesthouse in the town centre. It was hot, the fan was screaming loud and it seemed like it was about to fly off the roof and slice us but it was a bargain and run by a super old lady.

It was a nice town to see, relaxed, no tourists, a river/beach where everyone seemed to hang out, play soccer, ride their motorbike and drink mate. We went to check out some ruins, saw a dinosour museum and ate a monster Chivito (steak, bacon, eggs, cheese, olives, veg and chips).

A nice place to chill out, next up back across to Argentina...

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Uruguay - Montevideo

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A few hours along to coast to Uruguays' capital, Montevideo on the bus...with WiFi, yep we eventually found out that pretty much all longish haul buses in Uruguay have WiFi. So handy.

Checked in to a new hostel close to the bus station, explored the town by foot all the way down into the old town which was actually pretty sketchy. The plaza was nice, some good buildings ate some good food. The 2 main beaches were good (their claim to fame over BA), ate dinner overlooking Punta Carretas.

It was a nice place to visit but it didn't properly grab us...next up, Mercedes.

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Uruguay - Colonia Del Sacremento

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Knowing we had to get to Patagonia while the weather was still good and the fact that we wanted to experience Carnival in Gualeguaychu (Argentina), we only had 6 days to see Uruguay.

First stop, Colonia Del Sacremento. We caught the boat from Buenos Aires and following a quick interview by a local TV company, we found a hostel and checked in. Surrounded by natural brown water we loved this place pretty quickly. Old stone buildings, cobbled streets and super restaurants. We also discovered that Uruguyans are NEVER without their mate drink in hand (herbal tea) and thermos!

There was a pier too where at 1am (basically mid afternoon in this part of the world), there was a fishing competition, nice.

We hired bikes and checked out the area, great town to visit!

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