I need a break and am thinking of Uruguay anyone been there?
If so whats it like, I have read all the necesssary literature but I like live opinions.
Also what is inter-South American travel like cheap airfares etc
Thanks for any advice,
There is a lot to do there, mostly outdoors, so it will be the right place if that is what you like. The best time of the year to go is from now until March/April, because it gets a little cold and rainy afterwards.
You will find beaches all along the south coast, getting "wavier" and clearer as you get closer to the Atlantic Ocean and leave the Rio de la Plata behind. The water is not super warm as you would find it in the Caribean, but it is warm enough for you to go in without feeling that your heart stops.
There are lots of places where you can experience rural life, with horseback riding and everything a ranch would have. I strongly recommend this.
In the north you will find thermal pools if that is something that you would like to try too.
You will have historical places like Colonia del Sacramento (it is a must) right across from Buenos Aires.
In the South East you will find some fortifications which are very interesting too.
One of the big advantages I think Uruguay has touristic wise is its size. Using Montevideo as your base, the furthest you could travel is 6 hours and that is if you wanted to go to the very tip in the north. Public transportation is good, quite cheap and reliable in general.
Regarding cheap airfares, for those people flying from outside of South America (I know for sure that it applies to flights that origin in the US, need to confirm for the rest) there are two different air passes one through Varig and one with all the South American airlines, that will let you hop from city to city for way less than separate tickets would. I believe you need to buy it at the same time as your inbound ticket. The cost is based on the total number of miles you fly and the number of places you touch.
Hope this was useful
Couldn't agree with snocella more. I lived in Argentina for three months and then took a mid-January "vacation" to Uruguay, it was perfect. Colonia is magical, Montevideo is small and friendly (I didn't think it had the attitude of Buenos Aires.) Depending on when you go, the beaches are lively and friendly starting in January.
May I suggest two places about four hours from Montevideo? The little communities of Cabo Polonia and Barra de Valizas are where Uruguyans and Portenos (people from Buenos Aires) vacation before, during and after New Years. Barra has limited electrical service, Cabo has none. The streets fill with drummers a few times a week, the hostel in Barra is clean and friendly, the beach is flat and clean, and there are cheap restaurants with wonderful sea food. Or, you can rent a "rancho" for between US$25-50/night. The one we rented was $24 and slept eight! When I was there, Barra had few gringos and lots of locals. I speak Spanish so that was a real treat.
I know little about flying into Montevideo, but I think it may be cheaper for you to fly into Buenos Aires and easily take the Buquebus http://www.buquebus.com/BuquebusLocal/servlet/com.buquebus.web.ArmaOfertasPrincipalEng to Colonia or Montevideo. That way you can check out BA for a day or two as well, hit Colonia and then move on to Montevideo and beyond for the beaches. Can you tell I loved Uruguay? PM for more detailed info.
Yes, from my experiences in Montevideo I can definitely say that there certainly is not the attitude there that you find in Buenos Aires, but I preferred BA anyway coz there was more to see and do. You will still enjoy it though, as well as Colonia which is very historic and magical.
Stay away from Punta Del Este, unless you are into glitzy, glammy beachside resort cities ala Gold Coast in Australia.
do you have some infos for me about the region Chuy ?
cant find any info.
Is it possible to fly there and visit small villages by going slowly back to Montevideo by bus?
I will arrive early on the 12.of Feb.
have a Hostal Reservation in Montevideo for Carnaval,so I have 12 days to enyou the beaches.
After Carnaval I have another 8 days left to spend close to Montevideo before I go back to BA.