A detour to Wisconsin on our way through Uruguay.

Montevideo Travel Blog

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Who you lookin' at?!

Today we had to drive from Colonia to Montevideo, but first we set off in the opposite direction. Steve and I wanted to check out Aarón de Anchorena, a National Park just 30km on the other side of Colonia.

As we got near the park it became clear to both of us that we had somehow been transported to Wisconsin. Green hills dotted with cows and the occasionally copse of virgin forest rolled out around us. Men in old Ford pickup trucks drove by slowly, on the way to deliver a calf or fix a fence, I imagine. A pastoral poem. Just like Wisconsin.

We pulled into the empty parking lot and joked about being the first to arrive again, not guessing that the park was actually CLOSED.
Aarón de Anchorena. CLOSED.
But the Visitor’s Center was locked up, and a lady working near the locked gate confirmed: the park was closed. What a disappointment! It was the PERFECT day for a hike, and the setting was so beautiful. We did not want to leave and get back to Montevideo early! We killed some time watching the calves and lambs, pondered the possibility of sneaking into the park, and then reluctantly got back in the car and headed out. Damn.

The drive to Montevideo was uneventful. Just past Colonia the skies became gray and dreary, but things brightened up a bit as we got into Montevideo. We passed by the garbage heaps and trashed buildings on the outskirts, skirted the bleak waterfront, and drove all the way to the other side of Montevideo. Our new hotel, The Best Western, is in a nice neighborhood, right on the beach. It seems much better than Old Town.

After checking into our room, we headed out in a search for food. This took us through a bit of our neighborhood, called Carrasco. It’s pretty residential, and newer, and nice. We found a grocery store for supplies, and then we had a picnic on a bench near the beach. We topped this off with free welcome drinks back in our room (they gave us a sweet Uruguayan wine called Medio y Medio), and prepared for yet another travel day. Tomorrow:  a return to Argentina!

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Who you lookin at?!
Who you lookin' at?!
Aarón de Anchorena. CLOSED.
Aarón de Anchorena. CLOSED.
Baby black legged sheep at Aarón …
Baby black legged sheep at Aarón…
The Visitors Center at Aarón de …
The Visitor's Center at Aarón de…
Calf at Aarón de Anchorena.
Calf at Aarón de Anchorena.
The sneering horse.
The sneering horse.
Hay. They pee in it, they lie in i…
Hay. They pee in it, they lie in …
Aarón de Anchorena.
Aarón de Anchorena.
Field of green on the outskirts of…
Field of green on the outskirts o…
Farmland on the outskirts of Colon…
Farmland on the outskirts of Colo…
A taste of Wisconsin in Uruguay.
A taste of Wisconsin in Uruguay.
We are definitely not in Wisconsin…
We are definitely not in Wisconsi…
Alternative transportation in Mont…
Alternative transportation in Mon…
Beautiful Montevideo.
Beautiful Montevideo.
Waterfront housing in Montevideo.
Waterfront housing in Montevideo.
Apartments in Montevideo.
Apartments in Montevideo.
Our picnic near the beach.
Our picnic near the beach.
They make such sad sandwiches here…
They make such sad sandwiches her…
The nicer side of Montevideo -- th…
The nicer side of Montevideo -- t…
Our Best Western Hotel.
Our Best Western Hotel.
Montevideo
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