We arrived by high speed ferry, took about 2 hours from Buenos Aires. The boat is new, named Francisco, after the new Pope. It's reported to be the fastest passenger ferry in the world. Cruising speed is about 58 mph.
One day we walked around downtown to Independence Square and walked through some pedestrian-only streets, full of shops, outside vendors and cafes.
Another day, our driver and guide Carlos, took us to Punta del Este. We stopped to see old historic buildings and towns along the way.
Tourism for Uruguay began in the early 1900's in Piriapolis. This hotel must have been a grand place in its day. It is still a working hotel, but needs some restoration.
After just a few days of exploring, we headed on out, back to the airport and back to Ecuador.
We had a fun time seeing more of our Continent with friends. Short trip, but just enough to know we'll be back another time!
For now, it's nice to be home!
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