Bolivia, named in 1825 after General Simon Bolivar who helped free South America from Spain, is larger than the size of Texas.
Bolivia, founded in 1852, is nearly as large as Alaska, and about three times the size of Montana.
Chilean pesos are pretty. A different color and different length for each denomination.
The exchange rate varies daily, and the ATM charges fees on both ends, but it’s still quite good. Even a 20,000 peso bill (in January of 2016) is about 30 bucks.
Use a Capital One Venture card at restaurants so you don’t have to carry around cash and coins. They automatically include a 10% tip. If staying in hotels, you can request the 19% VAT (IVA) tax be taken off, if your card doesn’t do that automatically.
The one on the left is about 70 cents. It takes more than 7 of the ones on the right to make $1 US.
It takes 700+ of the little ones to make one US$.
Perumayen Ancestral Food gastronomists researched and reimagined foods from peoples up and down what is now mostly known as Chile.
What they came up with using fresh, local ingredients is nothing short of one of the finest dining experiences I’ve had, including the farm to table restaurants of Los Angeles and NYC.
Eight breads from ancient tribes sampler plate from the house. The square banana one is from Easter island. The little pot is spicy. The one on the right is potato made with and fried in pork grease.
The palette cleaners after every course were so mind boggling I forgot to get a picture of the tiny square chocolate basket with the tiniest sorbet of a fruit I can’t translate. This one was deep fried seaweed with avocado paste and herbs.
The vegetarian sampler had taro and seaweed, cheese/grain, mushroom paste, smoked “coliflower”, baked onion and Peruvian potato, quinoa rolled in blue maize.
Above was pulled rabbit mixed with herbs and also in a stew, with some great tasting strange vegetables and fried taro. Zoe had an incredible salad with the freshest mix of heirloom greens and Chilean hazelnuts like nothing we’d ever tasted.
The dessert sampler had a brownie crumble, a lacuma ice cream, and dehydrated pineapple chips.
A basic collection of perennials from Uruguay, South America and other continents.
Most of the plants were familiar, some I’d read about but not seen live, and a few were varieties of plants I hadn’t yet encountered.
‘Cedron del Monte’ in the Uruguay section pictured here is native from Agentina to Texas.
Sebastiania Blanquillo can apparently help remediate hydrocarbon spills after tests in Brazil.
The greenhouse was neglected. I was surprised there are no volunteer groups keeping things up. Many of the plants signs were unreadable/missing.
I saw Cats Claw up close, every time I went to touch the leaves it clawed me.
Interesting 1913 sculpture of a man with hands chained behind him and a woman.
Welcomed by the museum founder, we saw real pictures and original artifacts from the crash. The founder was inspired by his best friend, one of the survivors, who reminded during a recent major recession that to survive winter at 4000 meters in the mountains, they discovered 100s burn just like 1s.
Of 45, after an avalanche, 16 survived 72 days to rescue, after eating the dead.
The plane lost both wings at the top of a mountain. The mountaintop was the line between Argentina and Chile. The governments of Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina gave up the search after 10 days.
One psychic was wrong about their location, another said with great accuracy where they would be. The governments said they had already searched there and no one could have survived, they would retrieve the bodies in spring.
The plane crashed on Friday the 13th.
13 were killed instantly as the plane stopped abruptly.
13 waited for rescue (while 3 went for help).
Our ship came in
Bye bye Buenos Aires
We picked up our bags off of an airline-like carousel and got on the bus in Colonia going to Montevideo.
Windmills and GMO corn and soy, Uruguay looks like the middle of the US.
There were many block and mortar houses that would be considered tear downs outside the city.
First glimpse of Montevideo
The wheels on the bus…
There are statues in every park throughout the city, some more impressive than others, but all impressive in the commitment to commemorate historical figures.
I am iron man
Rowing crew statue complete with backpack
Inside the tip of the Obelisk out front of a modern art museum are four windows (with video screens showing what it looks like from the cameras in the real Obelisk)
The real Obelisk with real people dressed up for some unknown reason the moment we were there. (People aren’t allowed inside the Obelisk)
Four corners, two men two women, represent four traits
Flower opens during the day and closes at night!