Colonia, Uruguay and on to the Argentine Pampas

After we dropped off our camper at Sandra’s near Colonia in Uruguay in March 2016 we flew home for a break. The plan was to return after a few months to drive south to Ushuaia. The standard route for most overlanders. Due to some medical issues we had to stay home much longer and our camper would have overstayed his welcome in Uruguay. So with Sandra’s help we applied for an extension from Aduana in Uruguay which allowed us to keep it stored until the fall of 2017. When we returned to Uruguay a few weeks ago we found out that some overlanders were in trouble for leaving their vehicles in the country and flying home. So after we picked up our camper and said goodbye to Sandra (who – together with husband Enrique –  took great care of the camper and helped us with all issues) we headed for Argentina. When we approached the border we were a little apprehensive, but we breezed right through, got our piece of paper and then we were back in Argentina. The truck had been sitting for  1 1/2 years and we were not surprised when it had some issues, it barely made it up the hill at one point.  We stopped at a gas station and after removing a rat’s nest from inside the air filter and adding some booster to the “old” diesel it ran like a charm again.

So we are off, headed south and getting used to camper life and close quarters. The wet pampas flew by the car window, lush greenery, beautiful birds and cattle as far as you could see. In Sierra de la Ventana we took a break, got our bikes out, dropped the laundry off and stayed for 4 days. Exploring the area on a bicycle or horse is the way to go, we ended up riding for 50 + km one day, through fields and past Estancias, their houses shaded by large trees. Beautiful horses everywhere and of course the beef cattle.

We never saw a car and at one point did not know exactly where we were, having left all electronic devices back at the camper. So we talked to some friendly gauchos who showed us the way.

It is a nice place to hang out in the off-season, a favorite vacation spot for Argentinians,  probably a zoo in summer. We were camped beside the indoor pool and close to the creek in town, on the other side of the creek in the high bank, the burrowing parrots were nesting in caves. I loved sitting in front of the camper watching the parrots working on their nests and carrying on, noisy neighbors they are.

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Buenos Aires seen from Colonia. Unadulterated photo.

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visitor in the camp ground

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El faro in Colonia

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Green parrots in the palms in Colonia.

Argentina, the Pampas

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Roseat Spoonbill

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Wood Storks

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Gauchos

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Asking directions after we were not sure anymore about the way home. One of our favorite photos.

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50 km, more than we had planned.

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all alone somewhere in the wet pampas

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“My home is my burrow”

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7 Responses to Colonia, Uruguay and on to the Argentine Pampas

  1. Dan S. says:

    Really happy to see you’re on the road again. I’m headed to the Algarve and Canary Is. in 3 weeks.

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  2. Judi Cleghorn says:

    So happy you’re in the road again, headed for amazing new adventures. Thanks for taking us along!
    Besos y brazos,
    Judi and Rick

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  3. Bill Harr says:

    How far south can you drive? It is good to see you on the road again.

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  4. Kristina Koelman says:

    Whow, wieder wunderschoene Fotos und spannender Bericht. Ich bin so froh fuer Euch dass Alles gut geklappt hat. Ja, das ist wirklich Abenteuer! Hier ist Alles okay und viel weniger abenteuerlich aber ich freue mich immer uber eure Berichte und kann so auch ein Weig mitgeniessen! Viele liebe Gruesse.

    Kristina

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  5. franz becherer says:

    güët, dass Dr wiedr uff m Weag sind! Alls Güëte und viel Glick bis uf Ushuaia,

    Frônz

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  6. Helga Fink says:

    Toller Bericht, nur weiter so.

    Wir sind gestern aus dem Baskenland zurückgekommen, eine wunderschöne Kurzreise. Bilder folgen.

    Nur nichts übertreiben!!!!!

    Gruß Helga

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  7. Sharon Mueller says:

    Blessings! Continued Good Health, Safe Travels and Enjoying your Daily Life Celebrations! Thank you for sharing your amazing adventure! Looking forward to your next writing and PICTURES. Sending positive, loving light.

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