Road Trippin’ in La Rocha, Uruguay

I’m in the backseat of FIAT when the Muay Thai fighter from Manchester begins to sing along to Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’.

The highway sets the traveler's stage

The highway sets the traveler’s stage

Because road trips are awesome.

There is simply no other way to explain it. While I have spent HOURS (make that DAYS) of my life traveling across South America in omnibus, I very rarely get to see the countryside whizzing by me from the backseat of car.

But this time, I get a treat.

Thanksgiving weekend I ventured to La Pedrera, Uruguay with my backpack and lo a behold, I found a group of travelers and a car. La Rocha province is my favorite place in Uruguay (I come here… a lot). Perfecto for a road trip.

Why?

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Las pampas de Uruguay

The road trip crew.

The road trip crew.

Because everything is so close together.

You can visit places like Cabo Polonio for the day, hoping on the front of a 4×4 combi, giggling like an adventurous five year old before arriving to an isolated coast saturated with sea lions.

View from top of 4x4

View from top of 4×4

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Or head to La Laguna de Rocha. A giant lagoon that gently kisses the sea under the veil of isolated beaches.

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And of course, the main attraction, La Pedrera, a surfer/beach bum’s paradise.

surfer-la-pedrera

Mate + Beach = Happy Traveling Meg

Mate + Beach = Happy Traveling Meg

From here it was on to the capital of Montevideo…

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2 comments

  1. lisa bale · December 12, 2012

    Megan – Cute blog – it had spunk! and that cameron drawing, so cute. Have a good flight home. Lisa

  2. The Wander Girl · February 18, 2014

    Nice pics! Can’t wait to see it for myself in a few weeks! 🙂
    http://www.the-wander-girl.com

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