Montevideo is renowned as South America's most laid-back capital with a population of 1.3 million it holds a high proportion of students and young workers adding to the lively buzz. The city has a European feel to it mainly due to the large influx of Spanish and Italian immigrants in the late 19th century.
Supposedly we were going to stay in the 'nicest hotel of our trip', but from previous experience we knew not to get too excited, and how right we were....the place was old and not very clean looking. Our toilet flush even broke on us so there was a constant flow of water all night!
Only had the one full day to look around. There was a small, interesting market, we went in search of the beach but only found rock so I got my henna tattoo done and sat for ages in the sun while it dried!
Moving up towards Argentina for the final time we stopped overnight just outside Salto where fortunately we were upgraded to beds - what a treat! The hostel even had 2 small thermal pools where we could hang out in the warm evening sun...