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11th Aug 2017 - 17th Aug 2017

Overall, Brazil was a great part of our trip, meeting very friendly people, and visiting interesting places. Then we entered Uruguay. In Chuy, the border town, there were discount outlets on both side of the main street , one side Brazil and the othere Uruguay.  At the customs office they had a fire going in the large chimney, as the weather was cooler and very windy. We visited the Forteress of Santa Teresa, huge construction of granite stones, overlooking the valley and the approch from the sea. We camped in a parking at a fuel station, the wind was so strong that we opted to park right next to a high bus, hoping that it will stay there all night to shelter us , but at 5.30 am it left and we were very exposed... so it was a quick early breakfast before putting the roof down! We visited some parts of the coast but the weather spoiled the views of the lovely beaches. This summer holiday region is very popular with the people from Argentina and Brazil, with high rises and mansions along the esplanades. The colonial town of Colonia de Sacremento which is situated just opposite  Buenos Aires, across the bay, was very pleasant to visit with its walled remparts and paved streets. Uruguay is a very small country, with lots of farms and cattle, 4 heads of cattle per habitant! The young people we spoke to said that they feel rather isolated from the rest of the world. So we re-entered Argentina and are going south, depending of the weather at this time of the year.

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Diary Photos

Forteress of Santa Teresa, Uruguay

In the forteress chapel...

Statue of burrried hand on beach, Ponto de Este

Highway in Uruguay

Entry to the colonial town Colonia de Sacremento, opposote Buenos Aires

Open air restaurants in the colonial town

Wine bar

The arenas, to be restored?

Meeting some charming young people on the river beach

The international bridge between Uruguay and Argentina, Fray Bentos

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