Our previous nightbus experience was quite different: no reclining seats; stops in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere. The one common attribute was the not-so-nice toilet.
My final thoughts on Brazil (based on Rio, Ilha Grande, Paraty and Iguassu Falls): Brazil is a country that is full of life. Its landscapes and cityscapes are vibrant and colorful; its people are passionate and uninhibited. Most everyone is friendly and helpful. The streets and beaches are bustling with people; and even when they're not, they still hum with energy. The sun is scorching, and the storms are electrifying. Brazil is a country of superlatives.
My initial impression of Salto, Uruguay: Everything here is more relaxed. The temperature and humidity are lower; the traffic is slower; the streets are less crowded. Parents sit on park benches watching their children rollerskate or play soccer in the plaza. Families spend Saturday afternoon at the hot springs. A group of old men meet for dinner at an outdoor cafe; a grandmother walks home from evening mass. It's a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the previous weeks. Some photos of Salto:
Two girls stop for fresh juice outside the local hotsprings
Salto's main cathedral