Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
306Trip End Dec 28, 2010
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We drove a bit closer to the ruins site so we could see it better from the vehicle, we got a good view of the sun rise as it slowly lit up the ruins themselves. The ruins are of the town and fortified position of the Quilmes Indians, who occupied this area for many years. Problems first arose with the Inca's in the 15 century, but these were minor when compared to the Spanish Invasion in 1668. The largest group of Indians was made to walk to a suburb of Buenos Aires and settled in the area called Quilmes, by 1825 all trace of these people had died out. The area was later, in 1875, the site of the largest brewery in Argentina and still today the name lives on in the beer. Even today there are still problems with the site, the area was given as a franchise to a businessman for the sum of 110 pesos, about £19. He built a hotel, restaurant and museum to cater for the visitors
16th – A rather dull day just spent at the camp.
17th – Still not much better with the weather and so it is getting quite cold to go out. Nevertheless lees we decided to take a walk around the town. We thought it was a quite nice town that is obviously designed for the summer tourist trade, when everyone comes to see the wine production, because the shops are either souvenir shops or restaurants.