• America,  Argentina,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  Cuba,  Our Itinerary,  Paraguay,  Peru,  TDM,  Tips,  Uruguay

    5 months in South America & Cuba: Itinerary & Transportation (Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba)

    Update May 2017: Here is the latest version of our itinerary in South America, Cuba & the Caribbean. All that lasted 5 months… I found transportation a bit complicated to understand in South America, some border crossings are recently impossible (especially Los Antiguos – Chile Chico), I had to tear out a lot of hair to establish this itinerary. There are many land border crossings, especially between Chile and Argentina, make sure you have enough blank pages in your passport. Click on the button at the top left of the map below to access the list of destinations. CHILE Easter Island(round-the-world ticket) Santiago (round-the-world ticket) Punta Arenas (plane 160€/person) ARGENTINA…

  • America,  Country Guides,  TDM,  Tips,  Uruguay

    12 day tour in Uruguay: Review, itinerary, guide, practical advice…

    Uruguay is one of the countries we are very eager to discover. We have the impression that it is the most developed country we have visited in South America. A lot of small details give us this impression: the fact that everything is on time, to the minute (buses, breakfast, shows), buses only stop at bus stations (instead of stopping anywhere to pick up passengers), credit card accepted everywhere, super clean beaches and streets, shopkeepers preferring to spend time with their families instead of trying to scratch a few pennies, free wi-fi everywhere (even on long distance buses), high speed internet, many public buses even on weekends, a feeling of…

  • America,  Argentina,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  Uruguay

    Moody ticket: Uruguay, bed fleas, hostels

    If I’m not posting as often as I used to, it’s because I’m not inspired and because I frankly don’t feel very good here.. Because of the very high cost of living in Uruguay (in summer anyway), we have to opt for dormitories in youth hostels (15€/person). Usually, youth hostels in South America attract frequent travelers, traveling through South America in 4-6 months. They are independent, intelligent, funny and know how to behave as a community Here in Uruguay, we find ourselves with young Argentinian/Brazilians who come to spend a few days in “fiesta vacation” mode. It isn’t the same atmosphere nor the same level of education. It’s not uncommon…

  • America,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  Uruguay

    Piriapolis & Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay): travel diary

    It’s hard not to love these two cities, with a relaxed and contagious atmosphere, beautiful sunsets and miles and miles of beach. Piriapolis Piriapolis is only 30 minutes drive from Punta del Este. The beach of Piriapolis is even more beautiful than Punta’s, thanks to its super fine sand, the water isn’t deep -> perfect for children. The water is unfortunately not turquoise like the one you can see in Thailand, but it is clean.Piriapolis is “the city that rises”, a paradise for those who want to escape the many tourists in Punta del Este. The atmosphere is more local, family oriented here. And the sunset reminds me too much…

  • America,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  Uruguay

    Punta del Este (Uruguay): dream beaches

    If you’re the type of person who loves beaches as far as the eye can see, Punta del Este is the place for you Part 1: Travel Diary Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary How to get there We take an Uber to go to the Tres Cruces terminal in Montevideo. The ride costs 130$UR, twice as much as if we had taken the public bus CA1 (30$UR per person). The COT company is one of the two companies providing the Montevideo – Punta del Este trip (I will put the schedule at the bottom of the article). The buses are very comfortable even if they are much…

  • America,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  Uruguay

    Montevideo (Uruguay): a carnival like no other

    Coming to Montevideo in the middle of the carnival isn’t necessarily a very good idea for the wallet Coming to Montevideo during the last week of carnival is like being in Paris during the week of August 15th Everything is expensive, and everything is closed And since we didn’t know enough (not at all?), we went to Montevideo during the last week of the carnival (i.e. the last week of February this year, in 2017) Part 1: Travel Diary Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary We have already told you how we almost slept in the street because we couldn’t find a hotel available. Luckily, for the next…

  • America,  TDM,  Travel Journal,  Uruguay

    Our misadventures on the first day in Uruguay

    We are getting more and more m*rde, a sign that after 9 months of mop, we are starting to get tired We take a bus from Iguazú to Concordia (Argentina), a city 1 hour drive from Uruguay. We plan to cross the border to spend a night in Salto (Uruguay) This “shortest way” (going to Uruguay from the border in the North-West instead of going all the way down to Buenos Aires -> Montevideo) finally attracts us more trouble than anything else The day before, a little research showed us that there was only one hotel left in Salto, or expensive hotels next to the thermal springs next door. Thinking…