Waking up on the other side of the border, Uruguay proved to be a very different country on first sight. With it’s very well maintained infrastructure and polite drivers it was hard to believe that this country was a neighbor of Brazil or Argentina. With only 3,3 million inhabitants and a size almost 5 times bigger than The Netherlands it’s radiating a relaxt lifestyle.
With 2/3 of the population living in the capital of Uruguay, one would expect it to be a very busy city. This was absolutely not the case. Were the streets of Amsterdam would be jammed with cars and bikes, these streets appeared as if there was a national holiday.Security wise it appeared to be totally different as well, but at night the ‚vultures’ came out and it was better not to wander the streets with valuables.
A day at the beach may seem like a good idea, but this is not something for everybody. The color of the sea is brown, making it look dirty while it’s actually quite clean. This is because of the mud that comes from the Rio del Plata outlet.
We took a day to visit the historic center and a beautiful theater, but besides that there weren’t a lot of things that had my interest. Imre had some reluctance leaving the city because it was full of museums but my cultural interest had it’s low season so there was little backup for these endeavors.
It was time to visit the touristic mecca of Uruguay, the Saint Tropez of South-America and a city with an highly fluctuating amount of inhabitants; Punta del Este!