Blogs from Colonia del Sacramento, West, Uruguay, South America - page 11


Colonia del Sacramento is a little gem of a town on the bankof the river de la Plata which runs in between Uruguay and Argentina. Stacked with history and charm, after our stay in the concrete jungle that was Montevideo we were looking forward to some cobbled streets and pretty views. We weren't disappointed. We arrived in Colonia after a short 2 hour bus ride from the capital, and this time it really was a bus not one of the luxurious coaches we are starting to get used to. Luke and I could actually brush arms with one another by accident and the 'recline' was a mere 4 inches! We new that our hostel was within walking distance from the bus station and as it was still the middle of the day when we arrived we ... read more

We’re now in Uruguay. It only took an hour to get here from Buenos Aires. By ferry. We arrived in a lovely colonial town called Colonia. It was colonised by the Portuguese and is full of beautiful Portuguese pottery and lovely old buildings. Cobbled streets and lots of old cars - including loads of Fiat 600s. It was a bit chilly too. We went to El Drugstore for lunch - delicious food - I had the most enormous plate of gnocchi or ñoquis as it's spelt here. Then took in the sights of the historic part of the town. There’s an old street called Calle de los Suspiros or the Street of Sighs. It is a beautiful cobbled street with an old drain running through the middle of it. Reading that doesn’t make it sound beautiful ... read more
Painted fridge in El Drugstore
Very old cars
Plaza Mayor

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 21st 2008

Day trip to Colonia Del Sacremento, Uruguay. While in Buenos Aires, we decided to hop on a ferry to a small town called Colonia in Uruguay. This quaint town was stunned when I got ahold of a golf cart and decided to drive on the sidewalks. Fun times!... read more
This Was Our Top Secret Ferry to Uruguay
Me, Steph and Jill on the Ferry

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= 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= 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

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
The Old and The New
Beautiful Buildings cerca... a long time ago!

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