Uruguay

Time: 27 days (15 Feb-12 Mar 2012)
Budget: $83.21 (per day for two people)
Additional costs: $782.86 (2 week Spanish course, including homestay with breakfast and dinner for two people)
Itinerary: Colonia del Sacramento 4 days, Montevideo 18 days, Punta del Diablo 5 days

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Although certainly not the cheapest place in South America to take a Spanish course, we chose Montevideo because it was near the beginning of our trip and we thought it a good excuse to visit somewhere we wouldn’t have necessarily gone to otherwise. And boy are we glad we did.

If you’re in Buenos Aires, I think it’s a crime not to hop over to Uruguay. At the very least, visit Colonia which is only an hour away by boat. But Montevideo is worth it too, as a more chilled out place than BA. Our Spanish school, Academia Uruguay, has a branch in BA too, so you can split your course between the two cities (although in our opinion we much prefer Montevideo and Uruguay in general to BA and Argentina).

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Recommendations:
Sur Hostel, Colonia del Sacramento – newly-opened, great asado, spacious dorms and doubles, cool staff
Hostel de la Viuda, Punta del Diablo – purpose-built with fantastic communal spaces, lovely staff and friendly pets
Suburban beaches in Montevideo – although Playa de los Pocitos is famous, you’ll find less crowds and cleaner beaches the further out you go. Try Playa Malvín, Playa Brava or Playa Honda and then grab a snack or drink at the many bars or restaurants a few blocks in land.
Empanadas la Barca – a chain found all over Montevideo, you’ll recognize it from the 45 varieties it offers (or 51 at the Pocitos location)
Feria de Tristán Narvaja, Montevideo – a great place to while away the hours on a Sunday

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Colonia del Sacramento
Three places to visit in Colonia

Montevideo
Learning Spanish

Photo Essay

Asado in Uruguay

Feria de Tristán Narvaja

Meanwhile in Uruguay…

Horse-and-cart Waste Removal

Punta del Diablo
Photo Essay

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