Off the Beaten Track of Uruguay
Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
289Trip End Ongoing
My first stop was a little town called Mercedes that sits along side the Rio Negro... and you'll never guess what I saw!!! C'mon people think... it's everywhere.... if you guessed a statue with some dead guy on a horse you would be correct. They love their dead guy on a horse here and the little town of Mercedes did not dissapoint! My next stop was an even smaller town called Fray Bentos that was once famous for the world's largest meat packing factory; employing 4000 people and slaughtering 2000 head of cattle per day! Thus making plenty of steaks for all the good people around the world who choose not to harm innocent fruits and vegetables. I went to the meat factory museum and it was about as excitng as it sounds. Unfortunately, they weren't giving tours this day of the actual factory...or what remains of it anyway, so I was stuck looking at old factory photos, tin cans, and ancient refridgeration components in the museum.
My next destination was the city of Salto in the north. After a quick look around downtown, I found the statue of the dead guy on a horse in the main plaza, promptly took a photo, and decided I need to get the hell out of here. Tomorrow I would be on a bus to somewhere exciting ....