I've perused this forum loads over the last few months, but very rarely hear anyone talking about Uruguay and what it has to offer. We begin our Latin American adventure in September, and have a rough route planned over the space of 3-4 months:
Rio > Sau Paulo > Iguassu > Buenos Aires > Potosi > La Paz > Lake Titicaca > Cuzco > Arequipa > Ayuni > Santiago
Just wondered whether anyone could recommend Uruguay (Montevideo or other regions) as a possible destination between Iguassu and BA - I've read that there's a ferry you can catch to cross to BA so thought it might be worth considering.
Any pointers / suggestions would be much appreciated.
I loved Uruguay, spent three weeks there, including a wicked New Years Eve in Montevideo. The following TP thread may give you a good start, if you have more specific questions, I'd be happy to add to what I already wrote in my post on the other thread.
You've got an aggressive itinerary. On your way from BA to Potosi, if you're taking the bus, check out northern Argentina, like Salta and Humahuaca. I enjoyed Humahuaca in particular, because it's so different from the rest of Argentina (very Bolivian-like).
Uruguay has a bad rap - it's a great place and I only wish I had more time to spend there. That being said it's also a fairly mellow place compared to some of your other destinarions. Colonia is a great place to chill and get your bearings back after some hectic time on the road and is very pretty. However if you are in the mode to cram things in and see a ton then Montevideo is better. Try to stay down near Bartolome Mitre in the old city - it's the mains strip for nightlife and very busy even on weeknights. Most of the hostels are a long way from there but the hotels in the area are cheap enough. We loved the Palacio Hotel ($20 a night) and would highly recommend it.
best to you.
I would recommend spending a week or 2 in Ururguay.
Colonia is beautiful, Montevideo is a capital city without the capital city feel (described as Buenos aires on weed becuase it is a very chilled out place).
Punta del Este is a popular tourists destination for many south americans, but unless you're into the glamour and glitz I'd give it a miss.