Updated on July 18, 2008
Expedition Uruguay: Planning my first trip to South America.
Discovery of Uruguay
I discovered Uruguay through my affinity for the popular local beverage called Yerba Mate. After reading Uruguay and Montevideo through a number of blogs and articles I decided to fly there this summer.
I booked two round trip tickets on South West airlines to Miami from Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) and then from Miami to Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco in Montevideo aboard Tam Linhas Aereas. The initial leg was originally booked aboard Skybus until they declared bankruptcy. The flight has an extended lay over at the Guarulhos Aeropuerto in Brazil. What exactly do you do in a foreign airport during an eight hour layover?
Where to go once on the ground in Uruguay?
We haven’t planned out the trip as we wanted to leave room to improvise as we went, but the following is our wish list:
- La Feria de Tristan Narvaja- The large outdoor market that springs up every Sunday in Montevideo
- The hot springs around Paysandu or Salto in Northern Uruguay.
- Montevideo, Colonia, Piriapolis
- An asado (Uruguayan BBQ)
We plan to use Uruguay’s extensive bus system as much as possible to move about the country. I will be carrying all of my luggage in a GoLite backpack used as carry-on.
We used the following books in our research: