Monthly Archives: March 2015

Aconcagua – the highest mountain outside Asia

On my way from Mendoza to Chile it all ended up a little bit different then planned. As I wanted to see Mount Aconcagua, with 6962m the highest mountain outside the Himalaya, I booked a bus ticket to Los Penitentes, which was described as ski resort, but also with lots of trekking tourists in summer. When I arrived there it was maybe 15 buildings, most of them hostel or hotels – all closed. Continue reading Aconcagua – the highest mountain outside Asia

Concordia – one day at the border between Uruguay and Argentina

On my journey from Montevideo to Puerto Iguazu I had a 12 hour stopover in Concordia. After a night on the bus from Montevideo to Salto, I took another bus to cross the border from Salto to Concordia in Argentina, where I arrived at 8 o’clock in the morning. After putting my luggage in the left luggage office, I went into the city center to change some US Dollars into Argentinian Pesos. Now being able to buy a busticket, I went back to the bus terminal and organized my ongoing journey to the North.
As my bus was at 8pm, I decided to spend most of the day at the shore of Rio Uruguay, which marked the border between Uruguay and Argentina. After a longer siesta I went back to the city center to get something to eat and continued then to the bus station. Continue reading Concordia – one day at the border between Uruguay and Argentina

Montevideo – probably the most dead capital I’ve ever been to

On my last weekend in Uruguay I spent two days in the capital – Montevideo.
Before going there I heard different things about the city. Some people loved it, some people didn’t. So when I arrived there, my first direction was into the city center, where almost everything was shut down. Just some shops where open and not too many people on the street. The Ramblas at the shore of the Rio de la Plata where quite nice, two, three major sights, but that was it.
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beachbreak in Punta del Diablo

One of the main reasons to go to Uruguay was, that its beaches where supposed to be very nice and I wanted a beachbreak anyway.
After almost 12 hours on the bus, crossing the whole country, I arrived in the evening in Punta del Diablo, a quiet fishing village just south of the Brazilian border. It was five days of relaxing, lying on the beach, drinking beer and cocktails, having asado. One day I went by bike to the nearby Nationalpark Santa Teresa.

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first stop in Uruguay: Colonia del Sacramento

Back in summer I decided to cross de Rio de la Plata and spend ten days in Uruguay.
My first stop was Colonia del Sacramento, which lies just opposite of Buenos Aires and could easily be reached by a one hour boat trip.
The town was small, but very nice. It’s city center with all its small houses and streets is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
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