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uruguay

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we are going to be in uruguay 3 nites. should 1 nite be at punte del este, then 2 nites at a hotel in montivideo or 2 nites in the colonia del sacramento?we will rent a car. since we will be there in may we aren't going to sit on the beach, mostly drive and walk thru the towns. choice of very nice hotels? thanks.

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I'll stick to Punta del Este, where we live half the year, including out-of-season (like May). It will be very quiet in May, with most restaurants closed unless you're there Friday or Saturday, or Sunday at lunch. Where you stay will make all the difference in your impression. There are several excellent hotels, some large, some very small, and spread all over the huge Punta area (it covers over 40 miles of coastline). Look into the following through their web sites: Conrad, Mantra, Hotel-Art Las Cumbres, Casa Suaya (brand new, more of a jet-set guest house), L'Auberge, La Posada del Faro. I would choose Hotel-Art Las Cumbres or L'Auberge in May. In season, I would have added La Posta del Cangrejo, but it's in La Barra and out of season that's just not a good area to stay in. If you are there Friday through Sunday, try to have lunch at La Huella on the beach in Jose Ignacio; it's a special place.

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I´d suggest you stay 1 night in each city. For sure you are comming from Buenos Aires, then stay in Colonia the first day and spend the night in a nice colonial style hotel. Next day, after you had rested your ears from the big city ´s noise, you go by rented car to Montevideo (takes 2 hours) and tour that town. 3rd. day Punta del Este, for May, 1 day in Punta is more than enough.

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I agree with the comments above, there is a little of something in every place, even in the off season of May. La Huella in Jose Ignacio during the summer season is my favorite restaurant in all of Uruguay. Nothing is the best of any category, but the combination of very good food, beachside location in a small lighthouse village and the rare opportunity to see people with business suits dining beside people in thongs. Sounds weird, but La Huella is unique and well worth the trip. We've eaten there at least 30 or 40 times over the past two years and never left unhappy. (only weekends in May)

If you like sports, perhaps a soccer game in Montevideo might fill an afternoon with the Uruguayan cultural reality, unlike Punta in May which is not very active save for a few night spots, the casinos and major resorts. One event that is becoming more popular is touring the farms and wineries. Uruguayan wines are improving every year, and many vineyards open their doors to small groups and provide great meals to help during the testing. I believe some cheese makers (Colonia area) do the same but I'm not sure. Stagnari Wines are great, but they're well out of your path in Salto. Perhaps Juanico or Carrau would be easier, or some of the small wineries popping up in between Colonia and the areas just west of Montevideo.

For architecture, all three have allure, the old Colonia center is small but interesting, clean and safe. The Old City of Montevideo will definitely give you a good taste of Old Uruguay and its European flavor, but it is in need of a good wash and more security once the sun goes down. Punta is straight from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. If you like to goggle at how the well-to-do live their summers, have a quick tour of the residential neighbourhoods of Punta del Este, La Barra, Montoya, Punta Piedra and Jose Ignacio. Beach chic with washed old wood, metal-finish appliances and plenty of white furniture is all the rage anywhere east of the more established peninsula of Punta.

Many tourists eat at El Puerto in Ciuda Vieja. Personally I find it too loud, too rushed, too crowded with only average parrillas (bbqs) but it does give you a good dose of the local fare and you can visit some local galleries and shops within a block. The old city is very active but keep your eyes open. There is an active bar scene for the 18-30 crowd in Ciuda Veeja after midnight. Enter at your own risk after dusk.

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thank you for all of your information. it sounds as if we might be visiting at a very sleepy time of year. i would still like to drive around these cities and see uruguay. thanks again foy all of your information. susan

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