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Mary Anne Nelson
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

Colonia

Sales Team Supervisor and Senior Travel Consultant Mary revisits Uruguay after nearly 30 years.

Which country did you visit?

Uruguay

How did you get there?

I flew with Air Europa via Madrid

Where did you go?

I visited several places, Montevideo, Rocha and then travelled along the coast from Punta del Diablo towards Punta del Este via Jose Ignacio and La Barra. Also several vineyards in Garzon and Eden Valleys and then moved to the other side and visited Carmelo and Colonia.

Have you been before?

Once, about 3 decades ago and only to Montevideo to visit some friends during the winter.

Were there any notable differences? 

Well, considerable, but it is always different when visiting friends rather than being a tourist, so this time I really did appreciate the country!

Which was your favourite...

Colonia

Place: Colonia for the slow pace, and Punta del Diablo for the wild beach.
Hotel: Fasano Las Piedras
Excursion: All the wine tasting! And the horse riding

Bodega Cordano

What was your most memorable moment?

An impromptu wine and liquor tasting at Bodega Cordano, a 100+ year old winery. This ended with the most delicious tasting of all sorts of snacks, both savoury and sweet, and sampling their range of wines and liqueurs. It was the easy going and friendly nature of the hosts, their obvious pride and infectious enthusiasm that made the day. And of course, the amazing wines!

What tips do you have for travelers wanting to visit the same destination?

This is for those who like a slow pace, good food, relaxed conversation, landscapes and wild beaches. And wine, lots of it. It's better to go during the summer if you want to include a visit to the beach, as outside of the summer season everything is closed and it can feel a bit isolated. Having said that, I would consider the tail end of the summer to avoid too many people! Visits to one or two wineries are a must, as is a nice lunch at Mercado del Puerto in Monteverde - though this might not be suitable for vegetarians. Also good for those who like horse riding.

Is there anything indispensable to pack or prepare for?

Beside an empty stomach, just a good and relaxed disposition.

Sum up your trip in a sentence?

Eat, drink and chill.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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