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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 16th 2008

Joe´s girlfriend, Stephanie, and her sister, Jill, met us up for about a week in Buenos Aires. While they were still in Buenos Aires, we decided to take a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. We took a high speed boat over to Uruguay, and like good tourist, immediately disrupted the peace by renting a loud, gas powered golf cart. This thing maxed out at 10 mph and had difficulty making it up hills but we still took it on the main roads with traffic, sidewalks, over curbs, offroading, etc. It would have actually been cheaper to rent a car, but this was way more fun! The town is actually the oldest town in Uruguay and is on the Rio de la Plata, which is the estuary that separates Argentina and Uruguay. It actually is ... read more
Old street
another old street
I even got the black and white photos going


Nicky: In true travelling style we decided that while we were this close to Uruguay it would be criminal not to hop across the Rio Grande and see what it was like. We took the boat from Buenos Aires last Friday to Colonia, on the south coast. It is a beautiful seaside town full of cobbled streets, stunning squares and views out to sea and back across the river to Argentina. On Saturday the sun was blazing so we wandered from our hostel (which was actually a beautiful private room and bathroom in the back of someones garden with its own terrace!!) down into the old town. We visited really quaint churches with beautiful statues and paintings, a lighthouse that you could climb to the top of and see across the town and the ruins of ... read more
Colonia - quaint squares
Colonia - beautiful yachts
Live music in Colonia


Greetings, dear readers. It has been some time since we shared our news, but we´ve been having a bit of a traumatic time lately and have been a little distracted. Uruguay has been a bit of a challenge it must be said. Firstly, it was closed for the week-end - no boats across the river from Argentina - and so we waited in Monte Caseros until the Monday morning before making our way expectantly to the jetty for the launch across the river. Due to wind, inclement weather or possibly an extended mate break, the boat couldn´t immediately cross from the Uruguay side, but eventually did appear, bobbing along and looking very small. We were soon hauled inside the tiny wooden craft; us, the bikes, 28 sacks of flour, one or two passengers and the ship´s ... read more
Ferry to Uruguay
Julio, Claudia, Friends & Family
Farmer´s luncheon party sees us off


A nice little UNESCO world heritage site, Colonia del Sacremento is just a ferry ride away from BA. A perfect place to kill a couple of days by the sea. The weather was grey and overcast - just like being at the English seaside. img= http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v300/145/67/223401787/n223401787_6940077_5265.jpg center Thankfully the weather cheered up. Rather childlessly (and we freely admit that it was), we rented a little motor-buggy and set off along the coast. Just out of town was a beach resort that had been set up for the wealthy from BA, but had never really been used. Bit strange (as it was almost a ghost town), but the beaches were a really nice place to sit and read. img= http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v300/145/67/223401787/n223401787_6940080_6257.jpg center So what if they're very dangerous?... read more


We are at the half way point with our time in South America and thus the trip to Uruguay to renew the visas. We were reluctant at first, most of our students warned us that the country is very boring and dull. The trip started off on a bad note, when we were fined $100 pesos for staying 4 days past our visas allowed. But, we had no choice to go and arrived in Colonia de Sacremento after a 3 hour boat ride. By the way, I spent most of the time on the bus waiting around in the duty free shop to buy chocolate chip cookies, planters dry roasted peanuts and other comforts North America (clinque.) Dain became very competitive with the arcade game Dinosaurs and Cadillacs. After about 2 blocks, Dain and I noticed ... read more
Pretty cool skyline
View from the boat
Daino as we leave Buenos Aires

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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 27th 2008

We took a two hour bus ride from Montevideo, the capital, to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. This town is the opposite of Montevideo. It is a small colonial town across the bay from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In fact it is a common location for those staying and/or working in Argentina to visit as a method of renewing their 90 day tourist limit. Many will take a ferry across to Uruguay for lunch then head back to Buenos Aires for another 3 months. It reminded me of a small New England town with different shades of leaves. Alot of antique cars, bicycles and mini-motorcycles. It is another colonial town, but with a mix of Spanish and Portuguese influence.... read more
Super Old Lighthouse
View From Lighthouse
Ciudad Viejo

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 22nd 2008

On Tuesday, April 22nd my family and I escaped the grassfire smoke choking Buenos Aires and headed to the historic old smugglers' port of Colonia del Sacramento. A designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the historic quarter of this town truly is worth a visit. From the cobblestone streets which were constructed in the 17th Century, to Iglesia Matriz, the oldest church in Uruguay (dating from 1695-99), a day in Colonia is like stepping back in time. The locals live their lives at a leisurely pace, and the general atmosphere is laidback and peaceful. No matter what kind of a mood you are in it is impossible not to be sucked into the tranquility of your surroundings. Arriving on the Buquebus ferry around 12, our first excitement of the day was learning that we could rent ... read more
Uruguay
The Old and The New
Beautiful Buildings cerca... a long time ago!

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 5th 2008

Hi Everyone, We made it to Uruguay yesterday afternoon. We took a ferry across the river from Buenos Aires to Colonia. It took one hour on a hydro boat, which is the fast ferry. If we would have taken the slow ferry, it would take 3 hours to cross it! So, you can imagine how wide the river is! One thing Gerard and I noticed here in South America is that the transportation is pretty efficient. Uruguay is different than Argentina even though they are neighboring countries. We do sense that the people here are not as well off as the Argentines but are very friendly. Our taxi driver last night, Sebastian, was very anxious to please Gerard and I with his American music! He was so excited to share Guns n Roses and Lenny Kravitz ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 17th 2008

We decided to head over to Uruguay for the day to a small colonial town, quite inspirationally named Colonia. We both realised that we knew pretty much nothing about Uruguay (and i admit probably know no more now!) but it was nice to get to another country even if just for the day. Colonia is just 50 mins by boat from Buenos Aires and is quite cute - cobbled stones and little houses but unfortunately a little touristy but I suppose that is to be expected! A highlight was the Indigenouse People Museum of Colonia which actually consisted of 4 rooms full of rocks that were supposedly used by Indigenous people in the area all those years ago. So that was an insightful 5 minutes spent. The rest of the town can easily be covered in ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 12th 2008

Colonia Del Sacramento is as the name suggests an old colonial style town, in the West of Uruguay. Once used as a smuggling port thanks to its proximaty to Buenos Aires, it is now a beautiful quaint little town, full of fancy fish restaurants, spanish style villas and cobbled streets. The hostel we settle in is very picturesque, the views from the windows are attractive and the people very friendly. In fact we kind of figured before arriving that this would be the quietest of all the places we'd visit in Uruguay, how wrong we were! On the first night we pretty much just chill in the hostel with some wine and meet our fellow hostel mates, nothing to get too excited about, but then we know thats because tomorrow is gonna be a right laugh. ... read more
Quiet cobbled streets....
Our hostel common area
Flowers in the window




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