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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 30th 2008

We took a day trip out to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (its just a short ferry trip from Buenos Aires). Its a beautiful place for a mini holiday from travelling. Little cobblestone winding streets, great restaurants, cute harbour with views overlooking Rio del Plata and beautiful weather - its enough to put anyone in a brilliant mood for a day. ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 9th 2008

Couldn't fit the photos I wanted to put on in the last listing, so here's a few more.... read more
restored jetty in Colonia
Ave. General Flores
Entrance to house

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 9th 2008

Ah, Colonia. Where have you been all our lives? If you look anything up about it on the web or elsewhere, believe the hype. Serene beauty that has been somewhat protected to keep it set back in time. Portuguese laid cobble-stoned roads, they got there around 1680, with ruins and buildings in tact also. Those in tact have been restored though, and display some old relics of history. Most of the houses in the historic part, as well as the whole town, (pop. c. 20,000) are well looked after and painted brightly. There’s even an old Bull Ring here that’s falling apart and with no access allowed. I regret not jumping the fence and getting better photos, but there were young eyes watching. There are photos of the inside on other blogs on this site. We ... read more
Back streets with the locals
Entry to Bull Ring
US$24. and BUENO!

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 8th 2008

Don't know what happened to the video, so I'm trying again. Hope it works this time. In Colonia del Sacremento at the moment. Why didn't we come here first?????!!!!! Maybe because we'd never leave. Will write more soon, tonight maybe.... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 7th 2008

With no school this week we are a little bit lost. On Monday we go to the park for a bit and read some guide books before deciding to go over the River Plate to Uruguay on Tuesday for a couple of days. We get up early to go to the bus terminal and buy a ticket over on the slow boat (3 hours) at 9am, returning the next day at 8pm on the fast boat (1 hour), the slow boat is good on the way over as there are some great views from the deck of Buenos Aires. When we arrive the sun is out, we pick up a map and walk towards our hostel. The streets are very picturesque, quiet and it´s pleasantly warm. It feels like we´re on holiday ! The hostel is ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 7th 2008

Didn’t manage to go rafting - SPEWING!! It turned cold, and the wind made it freezing. Just stayed at the hotel, in the pool. Cal doesn’t mind, he could stay in there all day. Sometimes I think we could stay at home and just go to the pool all day and he’d be happy. On the last day we took a cable car up to Cerro Otto and had lunch in the revolving restaurant. Perfect unspoilt view of the Andes, as far as the eyes could see anyway. Absolutely fantastic. Shame about the food though. Maybe we expect too much, but the meals are pretty bland. Unless you’re don’t mind paying about the same as at home, the meals in traditional Argentine restaurants are tasteless. The Mexican and Chinese we went to were good, but the ... read more
view from Cerro Otto
Caminito, La Boca
home of Maradona

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 13th 2008

So onto the last bit of travel, the last crossing borders and the last part of our holiday. Sad times indeed but before all that Buenos Aires beckons. Despite waking at 8 the early boat time means that we only have time for a breakfast and packing before walking over to the port. At the port we get our entry and exit stamps and Tor gets hers again as somehow they missed her out and then we wait for our steed across the water. The boat is something equivalent to a sea cat and unfortunately there are no opportunities to stand on deck. Instead we sit down for a smooth 1 hour crossing only interrupted by a quick game of "Find the missing earring backing" - we all lose this game, including the over helpful crew ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 12th 2008

We wake up and find that the rain has run through and left a bright fresh and crisp day. We have a simple breakfast before heading into the main square. Here the remains of an old estate lie visible whilst around it a host of beautiful colonial buildings containing shops, museums and obviously homes. Many of these buildings are in great condition. Wandering down to the shore we take in the fresh sea air and I feel like all my troubles have been lifted. Once we return into town we find one of the many museums around town and pick up a multi-pass (URG$50) that allows us to visit the museums that were open, namely the Portuguese museum, the tile museum, the regional archive museum and the native museum. Not only are the contents interesting, the ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 11th 2008

We arrived in Colonia, or Colonia del Sacramento to give it its full name, slightly later than planned and it was raining to boot. We check into the hotel which is a lovely quaint old place with many original features. There is also a very unique toilet in shower arrangement in our room and we spend a fair bit of the evening trying to work out the hows and whys of this. Eventually hunger gets the better of us (again) and we step out into the rain. It's hard to tell in the gloom but Colonia looks like a beautiful little town and as we our pizza's in the Colonia rock I look forward to the next day.... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 6th 2008

It's time to move on and leave for Argentina today. But instead of taking a direct ferry connection to Buenos Aires, we decided to take a but to Colonia, a very old traditional town in Uruguay opposite to BA. The town is definetly worth a visit and moreover the distance to be covered by ferry is less far than from Montevideo. Colonia was founded by the Portuges in early colonial times to observe naval activities on the Rio de la Plata and to smuggle goods into BA. The town offers a very pleansant atmosphere and gives the visitor a very good insight into the early days settlements in Uruguay. There are many old buildings and parts of the cities defences are also still in place. Stefan and I had a delicous lunch and prepared to embark ... read more

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