Tag Archives: nueva helvecia

A walk in the Uruguayan countryside

A walk along country lanes in the area around Colonia Valdense and Nueva Helvecia. Fields, dusty roads, cows and horses. Quite enjoyable despite the scorching sun of the middle of the day.

For the record, the walk included a picnic by the side of the road with a fellow backpacker, being watched with surprise by the handful of locals driving past.

Enough words. Here are some photos.

A slice of Switzerland in Uruguay

If you are a chocolate addict and are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with some proper stuff while in Uruguay, look no further than Nueva Helvecia.

Formerly known as Colonia Suiza, this town in the Colonia area (South-West Uruguay) was founded in 1862, having received a large influx of immigrants mainly from Switzerland.

However do not expect to see wooden chalets like in the Swiss Alps. The town looks quite Uruguayan – in my opinion – although most buildings display shields representing the Swiss cantons. A walk around town doesn’t take more than an hour and to be honest is not particularly interesting.

But then there are the chocolaterias! Taken to one of them (called Tante Eva) by a fellow backpacker, I tried a few different home made chocolate bon bons and medallones, with a variety of fillings from dulce de leche to coconut. Absolutely delicious!
That final touch made the brief visit to Nueva Helvecia totally worth it.