Beach, lake and wetlands

Trip Start Jun 03, 2012
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Trip End Feb 20, 2013


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Flag of Uruguay  , Asunción,
Friday, January 18, 2013

Driving east from Montevideo we head for the white sands of eastern Uruguay. The Brazilian and Argentines come here for their holidays. This is the costas of Uruguay.

We stop for lunch on a headland and can see Pinta del Este in the distance we could be anywhere in Spain, all high rises and cafes. A quick drive through the town shows us crowded beaches. We are camping on the quieter side of the peninsula. The campsite when we reach it is packed...they really like camping here and it seems some of the lots are more like permanent homes, with cookers and television. We are squished into 3 lots but I have to say the facilities on site are excellent. There is cold beer and ice os the gin and tonic was cold.

The beach was only a walk away but was very crowded, it is the summer holidays here, and very hot so 3 hours and swim was enough.

We only stayed a couple of nights and ten it is up early to travel north to the lakes. This has to be one of the few days on the trip I haven't taken a picture the scenery was flat grassland with a few cows scattered about.

This time we are camping by a large fresh water lake, again the campsite is crowded but the shop provided cold beer and the truck food is always good.

The campsite is next to a nature reserve, it took 2 ans a half hour to do the round trip and there really was no one else out there. Just trees, birds and me. The trees near the lake have exposed roots from when the water levels are higher, that look as though they are about to get up and walk.

There were many twigs and plants decorated with what I think are pink fish eggs. I am not sure whether this is done by mistake when the water is high or whether the eggs need to be out of water?

Lovely spring flowers grow along the lakeside and there are plovers, oyster catchers, herons and those small grey wading birds all long the waters edge. Lovely hot sun but cooled by the breeze. After the exercise it's time for lunch and a swim.

We again leave early as we are heading back into Argentina for the 6th time before reaching Paraguay. Check out the map and you will see that Argentina has a north eastern panhandle.

In town it is 7 in the morning and the discos are turning out, the streets are full of wide eyed youngsters making their way home. The music stopped at 6.30!

More flat country and straight roads, through the border and on to the wetlands.

We come to the end of the Tarmac and the sand/gravel road continues north. The grass gets greener and the cattle are wading up to their bellies in water meadows...

The we see them, the capybaras, just a few at first then they seem to be everywhere. Swimming along their waterways, crossing the road or just standing watching us. We manage to spot a view cayman as well.

At the visitor centre for the wetland reserve some people managed to see Howler monkeys as well but the avoided me!

The weather broke overnight which was a great pity as it turned an 11 hour day into a 14 hour day but we did eventually get to Paraguay the 13 th and last country on this circuit of South America.
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