We could have gone by plane but we chose to travel from Mendoza Argentina to Montevideo Uruguay by car. That way we could see more of Argentina. We considered bus travel but we’d already done that for traveling from Bariloche Argentina to Mendoza.
We left early at 6 am. I fell asleep right away considering it was the day after having dinner super late in 1884 Francis Mallman restaurant.
I awoke when we stopped by a toll booth area. A few men were selling bread and coffee from a table and the trunks of their cars. We had our breakfast and bathroom break there.
Our driver told us it’d take 15 hours but I kept wondering how it could possibly be 15 hours if almost every 30 minutes we were stopping at toll booths, one pictured above. (ok maybe not that often but it felt like it)
So for over 12 hours I kept myself busy by sleeping, attempting to read but then falling asleep, listening to music and looking out the window.
At the time, I just wanted to get out of the car and get to Montevideo. Sitting for long amounts of time isn’t really my thing. But now that I think about it, by going by car we were able to see things we wouldn’t have been able to if we flew. We drove through some agricultural areas, small towns and a highlight was driving through the second largest city in Argentina, Rosario.
It’s hard to take pics from a moving car but I managed to get a shot of this massive monument in Rosario:
At one of the rest stops, I spotted this hot water machine. Probably for people to refill their thermos for mate.
And finally at around 9 pm we arrived at a city bordering Uruguay, Gualeguaychu. Our driver had to stop at several gas stations to ask which direction to drive to the bridge to cross over to Uruguay. Our driver said they spoke a little differently in that city, probably because it was so close to Uruguay.
A rest stop in Gualeguaychu:
When we finally found the right direction, we drove out of the city and in to darkness. There were no street lights and just a few cars passing by. A while later we saw really bright lights and learned it was a paper factory.
Next we saw some lights which was the custom and immigration center in Argentina. We actually just drove right through to the bridge over to Uruguay without showing our passports in Argentina. However after the bridge we had to stop at a building.
Soccer (or football in this case) was playing on the TV and people that worked there were drinking mate… or rather sharing mate.
It was a relatively quick process where we had to go to 3 different desks. It seemed like a normal occasion for people to go to Uruguay from Argentina and vice versa.
Our journey didn’t end there. We had to drive for another 2 hours to get to Montevideo. We even drove through another Rosario!
So after driving through small towns, several toll booths, bridges, agricultural areas, big cities, asking for directions and going through immigration our road trip from Mendoza Argentina to Montevideo Uruguay ended at around 2 am!
What’s the longest road trip you’ve ever taken? Leave a comment below!