Sunday (Dominngo) 4th April, 2010
Day 387

Melo, Uruguay
Melo, Uruguay
Miles: 39,980
S 28.91528°
W 53.63696°

Today we headed inland away from the coast and probably have said goodbye to the Atlantic Ocean until we get back to Colombia to ship our vehicle north.

Our destination was the town of Treinta Y Tres (means thirty and three - don't ask why) and a national park a little farther north that the guide book recommends as worth a look.

Our route took us over a gravel minor road through lush and sometimes very wet farm land. It looked like harvesting was under way as there were a mix of fields that had clearly been cut and many that had not. Also there were birds by the thousands. Mostly a small dark grey finch like creatures that flew in swarms/flocks, but there were also a large number of bright green parrots about the size of an Australian Rosella, and in places large numbers of hawks. We assumed the hawks were hunting field rodents.

In the town of Treinta y Tres we got some directions from the local tourist information to the national park namedQuebrada de los Cuervos - without which we would not have found it.

The park's main attraction is a steep narrow canyon cutting through the rolling countryside. The micro-climate of the canyon is much wetter than the surrounding country and hence the vegetation and bird life in the canyon is more abundant and different. A steep rough trail gave us access to the river at the bottom of the canyon and a bit of exercise, something our day to day existence has been sadly lacking.

Back on the road we traveled north to the town of Melo to be close to the Brazil border so that we could make an early crossing the next day.


According to the map there was a camping ground somewhere in the town but we never found it. Not even with extensive (though incomprehensible) directions from a series of locals. We finished up spending the night at a house that had a couple of cabanas for rent. We simply parked in the yard and used the bathroom in one of the cabanas.