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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento November 1st 2015

Sinking my teeth into Uruguay...much like Uruguay's most famous current footballer sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini. And Branislav Ivanovic. And Otman Bakkal. Hopefully the only thing I would be sinking my teeth into literally would be Uruguay's famous beef. As much as he is known for his controversial actions, Luis Suarez is a also a brilliant footballer with skill, pace, guile and a fiercely competitive spirit. The rest of the Uruguayan national team isn't too bad either, considering that Uruguay only has a population of 3.4 million - even less than New Zealand. What kind of a place produces such extraordinary talent that allows such a small nation to punch so far above their weight? I was hoping to find out. Mixing up the modes of transport I was taking, I was travelling to Uruguay ... read more
Playa de los Pocitos
Horse Cart, Colonia del Sacramento
Plaza Independencia, Montevideo

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento July 26th 2015

Hello Family and Friends, Today we were leaving for Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay by ferry. We bought the ticket in the week for about £50 return as it was cheaper to come back to BA and then take a bus up to Iguassu, instead of taking the bus to Salto and then to Iguassu. Pablo and Romi kindly offered to drop us off at the ferry terminal at 7am (they are so kind!) the trains do run at this time, but as it was dark they said it would have been unsafe. As we drove through the city at 6.30am, the nightclubs were still busy with people coming out and even people still queuing to get in some places!!!!! Literally a city that never sleeps! We arrived at the terminal an hour before the ferry departed ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento July 18th 2015

That's right, we went to Uruguay today! Check another country off the list (and update the map)! Unfortunately, this did mean we were getting up at 5:30 to catch the ferry across the Rio Plata. Since it's an international ferry, and our professor is insistent on allotting far too much time for things, we showed up at about 7:00 for an 8:30 crossing. Fun fact: depending on where one considers the mouth of the Amazon to be, Rio Plata is either the first or second widest river in the world, coming in a bit over 140 miles at its widest point. Where we crossed, our boat trip took just over an hour. We got in to port and off the boat by 10:00ish, but didn't really get moving until almost 11:00. We started with a quick ... read more
Beach!
Chivitas!
Practicing our lifts

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 19th 2015

Today I took the day off from work with a few friends and took a boat ride to Colonia, Uruguay. We arrived in Uruguay at around 9 in the morning and from there we took a car ride away from the city to a rural area. We then arrive at a farm and began our horseback riding journey. This was a bit scary for me because I had never been on a horse before so I had to be brave and learn fast. As soon as I got on the horse I had a lot of difficulty staying on the horse, it just wasn't natural to me. But after a few minutes of walking with the horse slowly I began to feel comfortable with the horse. Once we reached a grassy area the instructor taught us ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 8th 2015

Colonia del Sacramento - full of cobblestone roads, artists, great RABAS and peaceful energy. What a magical place!! Check out this video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/IrJK_HpxMJI... read more
Map of the city
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 7th 2015

Saturday 7thFebruary 2015 This blog is being written half way across the Atlantic on a flight bound for England. It is the early hours of the morning. Very sadly, John’s mum passed away on Wednesday evening, so we are returning to the UK. We shall return to South America to continue our travels in a week or two and resume the blogging. Here follows a very brief update, since we left Buenos Aires on Tuesday morning… The ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia de Sacramento took just over an hour and it was a smooth crossing. Colonia is a small town, the oldest in Uruguay, with some of the old walls still intact. It is located in a strategic position, guarding the entrances to the River Uruguay and the River Parana. We stayed ... read more
Town gates and drawbridge, Colonia de Sacramento
Inside the walls
Fully equiped kitchen!

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 7th 2015

OFF the RV and directly to a Ferry bound for Uruguay. The high speed ferry crosses the Rio de la Plata straight to the city of Colonia del Sacramento.... read more
Bye bye Buenos Aires
Arrival in Uruguay
Our spaces are getting smaller:)


7/1 I walked to the beach, Playa Pocitos, and around the Pocitos area until I found a bar, La Pasiva, to watch the Argentina v Switzerland game. I cheered for Switzerland. I ate lunch there during the game and had a Uruguayan attempt at pizza. It was strip slices like Pokey Sticks or the dessert pizza at Ci Ci's, and just had tomato sauce on it. Clearly not the greatest thing on the planet. I went back to the hostel to chill and stopped to restock on deodorant along the way. After a while I went back to the bar, this time wearing the American Flag as a cape, to watch the USA v Belgium game. When I walked in I saw two girls at a table. One of them was wearing a UNC hoodie. It ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 30th 2013

Minas - Cerro Mistico A few weeks ago I went exploring the Uruguayan heartland with Maria Ines - a consultant for the bank from Miami. We spent the night in Cerro Mistico, an ecological lodge with fabulous 360 degrees views. Colonia del Sacramento Founded in 1680 by Portugal, the colony was later disputed by the Spanish, who settled on the opposite bank of the river at Buenos Aires. On clear days and at night the capital can actually be seen. I had a great day out with Ana and her family - thanks so much again. With fantastic weather we decided to explore the place by bike. We ended up at the Sheraton having wine and some nibbles. On the drive back to Montevideo they insisted that we stop in "Neuvo Helvetico" - a sleepy village ... read more
Colonia del Sacramento
Minas - Cerro Mistico
Minas - Cerro Mistico

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 2nd 2013

We arrived in Colonia on Friday 22nd March after an 8 hour bus ride from Salto. The taxi from the estancia into town to catch the bus was quite an experience, the car was very old and with thick fog the dirt road was invisible, goodness knows how the driver got us there! On the bus we passed Fray Bentos (thats right where the pies were made), we didnt stop there but the old factory is now a museum, at the height of production they were getting through 2000 cattle a day! The signature product was actually the Oxo beef cube which has sustained many travellers and soldiers over the years. During its time this factory employed over 25,000 workers from 60 different countries. I cant help thinking of my Gran though who used to use ... read more
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Historical City Gates
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