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Uruguay, one of the smallest of the South American republics, is located by the Atlantic Ocean between Argentina and Brazil. Its population is about 3 million inhabitants, half of which live in the capital, Montevideo. Its 500 km (300 miles) of fine sandy beaches, forests, hills, hot springs, art festivals, numerous opportunities for sport and entertainment, and above all its people, make Uruguay an ideal place to visit all year round.

Highlights :: Colonia del Sacramento has a charming Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. It has cobblestone streets built by the Portuguese in the 17th century and contains some brilliant examples of colonial architecture. Among the notable attractions around Plaza Mayor (main square) are: Museo Portugues, Museo de Azulejo (Tile Museum), Casa del Almirante Brown which houses Museo Municipal, Casa de Nacarello, Iglesia Matriz (Uruguay’s oldest church) and El Faro (the lighthouse). :: Montevideo’s architecture combines colonial, European and modern influences. The Ciudad Vieja (old City) is one of Montevideo’ major tourist attractions. It is also famous for its nightlife and its Saturday morning open market. The Puerta de la Ciudadela (Door to the Citadel), the Cabildo (the old town council hall), the Cathedral, the Plaza Matriz, Plaza Zabala and the Port Market (with excellent parrillas* and seafood restaurants) are fine examples of Uruguay’s colonial past. :: Punta del Este is the beach in vogue, full of restaurants, cultural activities and parties all year round. Some of its most famous beaches are Portezuelo, La Barra (15km from PDE) with its characteristic undulating bridge and the Manantiales beaches.


URUGUAY José Ignacio (20km from Punta del Este) hosts the Playa Mansa (quiet beach), and the Playa Brava, with stronger surf and where most people prefer to spend the day. You can also visit the “The Hand in the Sand”, the hippie market, the old lighthouse and do a boat trip to Isla de Lobos. :: La Pedrera is a small and exclusive resort with beaches good for surfing, windsurfing, body-boarding, diving and sport fishing. It is the ocean’s outstanding beauty, encouraging waves, fine white sand and majestic rocks that make these beaches truly unique, despite the busy nightlife. In the south beach you can see an old rusted ship and in the main street you will find picturesque crafts stands and a variety of small shops and restaurants. :: Punta del Diablo is a charming fishing-surfing village around 300km from Montevideo and close to the Brazilian border. It has winding dirt streets with long stretches of empty sandy beaches to wander along and it is great for chilling out with a more nature-oriented and far less glamorous crowd than other beaches. You have a few forts nearby to visit, as well as Santa Teresa Park, also nearby and with great beaches.

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SummerBus is a Hop-On Hop-Off backpackers bus service that has no time limit on its ticket, so you can travel along the coast of Uruguay, whenever you like and start from anywhere on the route. You can visit 12 amazing destinations such as: Montevideo, La Paloma, La Pedrera, Cabo Polonio, Valizas, Aguas Dulces, Punta del Diablo, José Ignacio, Manantiales, La Barra, Punta del Este and Maldonado. They will pick you up and drop you off at the hostel of your choice, so Hop-On, sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes while meeting other travellers! * The easiest way to travel the Uruguayan coast. * A fun way to meet people. * Very flexible, no limit of time or number of stops. * Really cheap, US$ 75 for 12 destinations on the Uruguayan coast. Buy your ticket online or through many hostels in Uruguay or Buenos Aires!


URUGUAY EL VIAJERO HOSTEL & SUITES COLONIA Washington Barbot 164 This hostel has high ceilings with wide COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO skylights, neat fireplaces, cable TV and DVDs, +598 (0)52 22683 great BBQ area, a solarium and a hip bar offering delish food at night. There are private rooms and dorms, all ensuite and with A/C. Located 700 m away from the port and bus station, just a 100 m from the famous “Historical Town” declared World Heritage by UNESCO, and 1500 m from beautiful beaches! Bike rentals and horseback riding outings, FUN! EL VIAJERO CIUDAD VIEJA HOSTEL

Ituzaingo 1436 MONTEVIDEO El Viajero Ciudad Vieja Hostel is located a few +598 (0)2 9156192 steps away from the most attractive sites of the city and has excellent nightlife at its doorstep. This 19th century two-storey house, offers comfy twin rooms and dorms with shared baths. What’s more, you get to use these amenities: 2 full kitchens, solarium and terrace, BBQ area, cable TV and a cool bar where weekly activities take place, including tango shows, pizza & chivitos nights and asado* & stadium outings. EL VIAJERO DOWNTOWN HOSTEL & SUITES This hostel is strategically located in downtown Soriano 1073 corner Paraguay MONTEVIDEO Montevideo, just 2 blocks from one of the +598 (0)2 9082913 main avenues (18 de Julio) and only 10 minutes from the main tourist attractions. Take your pick between their 12 ensuite private rooms or ensuite dorms. Free Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi in all 6 El Viajero Hostels!!

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All El Viajero Hostels follow the same concept, party hostels with young bilingual staff ready to share great info and fun times with you.

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Ruta 10 Km 164 PUNTA DEL ESTE Located 20 minutes away from the centre of +598 (0)42 774427 Punta del Este and nearby surfer’s paradise “Bikini Beach”. There are double rooms and dorms with lockers and shared baths. You can also use the complete kitchen and take in wonderful views from the 4 terraces. Get a tan at their swimming pool and deck with hammocks and solarium, or sit at their open-air bar while enjoying yummy food, drinks and good tunes. WARNING: it’s normally closed from April to October, so ask before getting there!

EL VIAJERO BRAVA BEACH HOSTEL & SUITES Av. Francia & Charrúa Convenientely located in the heart of Punta del PUNTA DEL ESTE Este, only 3 blocks from the bus station and +598 (0)42 480331 “Playa Brava” with the famous hand sculpture. This hostel is just steps away from the main downtown tourist attractions: Gorlero street, the Yacht Club with its endless nightlife, Conrad Hotel, the lighthouse, artisan plaza and the trendy Punta beaches La Brava and La Mansa. They offer both ensuite private and shared rooms making this your beach paradise! EL VIAJERO LA PEDRERA HOSTEL & SUITES Calle 6 n/n (150m away the water tank) An ideal spot to rest and relax, LA PEDRERA surrounded by a forest and close +598 (0)47 92252 to the main street, bus stop and only 500 m from the beach. This dreamy hostel offers double rooms with ensuite baths, dorms, wide common area, TV/DVD room, fully equipped kitchen with earth oven, grill and a bar. Catch some sun rays in the gorgeous garden or on the terrace with wooden deck. Surf lessons, bike rentals and daily dinners are taken care of by the friendly bilingual staff. WARNING: it’s normally closed from April to October, so ask before getting there!

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** Glossary** •Albergue / Hostal: hostel •Amigo: friend •Asado: barbeque •Barco: boat/ship •Barrio: neighborhood •Bodegas: wineries •Boliche: clubs, discos •Bosque: forest •Buceo: scuba diving •Buena onda: good vibe •Cabaña: cabin, cottage •Cabildo: old town hall •¿Cachai?: get it? (Chile) •Cancha: fútbol stadium •Cañón: canyon •Cardón: giant cactus •Cascada: waterfall •Castillo: castle •Cerro: hill •Ciudad: city •Che: hey •Chicas: girls •Choripán: sausage in a bun •Cordillera: mountain range •Desayuno: breakfast •Desierto: desert •Dulce de leche: caramel •Estancia: ranches •Estero: marshal •Fogón: bonfire •Fútbol: soccer, football •Gauchos: Argentinean cowboys, in Chile called “huasos” •Guanaco: small llama •Hospedaje: budget accommodation •Iglesia: church •Isla: island


•Lago: lake •Laguna: lagoon •Locro: an Andean stew dish •Lomito: a tasty sandwich made with beef, chicken or pork •Mariscos: shellfish •Mate: traditional tea drunk from a gourd with a metal straw •Micro: local bus (Chile) •Milanesas: deep fried or oven baked breaded veal or chicken •Mina: mine, chick (girl) •Mochilero: backpacker •Montaña: mountain •Novio/a: boy/girlfriend •Ñandú: South American ostrich •Palacio: palace •Parque: park •Parrilla: grill •Peña: places to enjoy traditional music, dances and local food •Picada: local nibbles platter •Playa: beach •Plaza: square •Pololo/a: boy/girlfriend (Chile) •Porteño: Buenos Aires or Valparaíso native •Posada: inn •Pueblo: town •Puerto: port •Quebrada: gorge •Río: river •Salar / Salinas: salt flats •Teatro: theatre •Tren: train •Valle: valley •Vino: wine

nglish Dictionary ** ** Spanish-E BASIC Hello/Goodbye Yes/No Please Thank you (very much) You are welcome Excuse me I’m sorry (forgive me) Do you speak English? How much is it? What’s your name? My name is…

Hola / Adiós Sí/No Por favor (Muchas) Gracias De nada Perdón Disculpe Habla inglés? Cuánto cuesta? Cómo te llamas? Me llamo…

GETTING AROUND A qué hora sale/llega el próximo....? What time does the next … leave/arrive? barco boat colectivo bus (city) ómnibus / bus bus (intercity) I would like a one-way/return ticket. Quisiera un pasaje de ida/ida y vuelta Terminal de ómnibus Bus station Quisiera alquilar un auto/ bicicleta I’d like to hire a car/ bicycle Dónde está? Where is...? Cerca / Lejos Near / far

AROUND TOWN A bank An ATM The post office Downtown Pharmacy The telephone centre The tourist office The police The police station What time does it open/close? I’m lost

un banco un cajero automático el correo el centro la farmacia el locutorio la oficina de turismo la policía la comisaría A qué hora abre/cierra? Estoy perdido/a


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