We'd seen lots of people drinking Mate tea in Chile and Argentina but
everybody in Uruguay seems to drink it. In Uruguay it's a
common sight to see people walking around sipping on this green tea in
special cups with metal straws and a flask under their arm...
Our next stop was the capital city, Montevideo...
we didn't have much time to spend in Uruguay we were eager to test out
the local food, so we went for a Chivito - a meaty sandwich for two. We
accidentally ordered it without bread, but just as well cause this is
what we got.... a plate of salad and then two plates piled high with
chips, ham, cheese, steak, egg, bacon, some pepper and olive on top...
Since we arrived on a Sunday morning it was an absolute ghost-town....
The docklands market...
Time to try some more typical Uruguayan food...
in Buenos Aires, we'd debated over whether or not we should go to a
tango show. The main reason we didn't was because it was expensive and
usually included a dinner with a show which was very touristy. In
Montevideo, since there aren't actually very many tourists at all it was
a different story. After asking the old lady in our Hospedaje what the
story was it seemed like there were loads of tango nights going on, so
we opted for one down the road in an old market place. For about three
euro in with cheap drink and snacks, we had a great night. It was a
really nice crowd, and we met some lovely people who were eager to
explain the history of the dance to us - that it actually originated in
Uruguay and not Argentina, or at least was developed simultaneously-
although most of the dancers must have been about 40 years older than
us. At the start they played great old tango records while people got
up and danced as they pleased, and then they had intermittent special
guests who would put on a performance, followed by a live band. We loved
The remains of the founder of the city, in a mausoleum underneath a statue of him at the Plaza Independencia.