A peak into the past

The last stop on this leg of our South American journey was a visit to the charming and historical Colonia del Sacramento.  Founded in 1680, the small town was the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata when the Spanish were colonizing this area.  The city changed hands many times between the two…

Little goat sandwich

The chivito, or little goat, is Uruguay’s national sandwich and is on par with the Philly cheese steak in terms of popularity and importance.  Like it’s counterpart, it’s not found in any diet books and is filled with thinly sliced grilled beef, topped with slices of ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, melted mozzarella cheese, cooked onions,…

This is Montevideo

Ready to move on from Punta del Este and its outrageous prices, we set off for Montevideo with high hopes for Uruguay’s capital.  Situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata, it’s the southernmost capital city in South America and home to nearly half of country’s population.  A vibrant, eclectic place with…

Punta del Este

After our short but pleasant stay in Paraguay, we set off for an even smaller country on the southern coast of the continent.  Ranking first in all of Latin America in democracy, peace, lack of corruption, and quality of living, Uruguay is the Switzerland of South America and could easily pass as a European country. …

Two missions

Aside from its wonderful river beach boardwalk, Encarnación is probably best known for its proximity to the UNESCO recognized Jesuit ruins nearby.  La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue are preserved religious missions that were founded by the Jesuits during the colonization of South America in the 17th century.  They were developed to…