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Montevideo (1): The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead (El Dia del Los Muertos in Spanish) is something I was looking forward to. Under the (wrong) assumption that Uruguay would celebrate it in the same fashion as Mexico, I was excited at having planned November 2 as my first full day in Montevideo.

To my disappointment, when I decided to check with the hostel staff how the city would celebrate the occasion the reply I got was: “Uruguay doesn’t really celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos”.

No fear, though: Montevideo had a surprise stored for me!

While I was walking around Avenida 18 de Julio just after lunchtime on Nov 2, I noticed hundreds of people gathered outside  the Intendencia Municipal. TV crews and police were everywhere too. I first thought that some sort of protest was going on, then someone pointed to me that the people in the queue (mainly teenagers) were having their make-up done. That’s when I realised that most of them looked like they were out of a zombie movie.
Zombies. Day of the Dead. Is this what’s happening, I wondered. But I decided to walk away.

Luckily around 5pm I was back in the same area and saw the crowd gathering in the middle of the street, then they started moving.
A Zombie Walk!
Avenida 18 de Julio soon turned into something out of a Hollywood movie: hundreds of people wearing incredible outfits and amazing make-up marched slowly, screaming at regular intervals. The walk lasted probably around an hour and ended outside  a club, where part of the participants left. And l left too.

Back at the hostel, the staff explained to me that the Zombie Walk has been featuring in Montevideo only in the past 2-3 years but it’s quickly becoming very popular as a modern way to celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos.

I will leave you with some images of the event:

Hello Uruguay

As local bus DM1 takes me from Carrasco airport straight to my hostel, I look around with excitement. This is my first trip to South America and I’ve chosen Uruguay, Argentina’s less touristy cousin, for this adventure.
The fact that my suitcase has decided to remain at Heathrow Terminal 5 is only a slight nuisance…
So here I am. Montevideo, Uruguay.

Uruguay.

The second smallest country in South America, Uruguay is becoming increasingly popular with international tourists, no longer heading only towards its more famous neighbours of Argentina and Brazil. Beaches, horse riding and a few nice cities being the main drawing factors. And you don’t need a visa, if you hold a EU passport. They just give you a nice entry stamp.UruguayPhotogallery_001
I read somewhere that around 20,000 Britons visited Uruguay last year. Yet I don’t think that many choose Uruguay as sole destination of a trip to South America.
I have just done that.

Why?
Well, South America was still missing from my travel map, the weather in Uruguay in early November seemed nice enough, the photos checked online hinted at a beautiful country, crime/safety reports (remember: female solo traveller here) were not raising any more concerns than most countries I had already travelled to, and last but not least with only two weeks available I’d rather focus on a small country. I like getting to know a place.

Uruguay was also some kind of late decision (one month before departure), after realising that sitting on my travel plans any longer would mean having to settle for more affordable European destinations. That was NOT an option!

And now I am about to embark in to this new adventure…