The other side of the Rio de la Plata

Montevideo Travel Blog

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Yesterday I crossed the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires to Colonia in Uruguay. Not wishing to waste a day in a town that can be seen in 5 minutes, I decided to push straight onto Montevideo and get some much needed sleep in a nicer hostel than was on offer in Colonia.

The Red Hostel in Montevideo wins the prize for most comfortable hostel bed so far, it was divine. It{s a very good hostel too, very quiet which was a nice change after a week in Milhouse in BA.

In the morning I found a fellow tourist, Johan from Sweden, and we went off towards the centre of Montevideo to see the sights. There are some nice squares and some big soldier-on-horse statues (just like back in Europe), but it´s a small city and we found ourselves down in the port at the other end of the centre after only about 30 minutes. After that we sought the famous Mercado del Puerto, an ornate covered market that presumably before used to actually sell things, but is now full of Parrilla (grill) restaurants. We had spare ribs and recovered from the cold outside.

Then we wondered back through town, did a little shopping and went back to the hostel to relax in the rooftop hammocks. Very nice if it wasn´t so cold. Then by fortune we managed to find the only bar or restaurant with any life in it and stayed there until the early hours.

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A Parrilla restaurant inside Merca…
A Parrilla restaurant inside Merc…
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