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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 14th 2007

Hi, Finally finally finally i´ve managed to get my email account back! So you´ll now no longer be receiving desperate pleas for money from me in Nigeria!! I only hope that no one actually fell for that.... Well as it happens this is my last full day in Buenos Aires, so I decided to go away to Uruguay if that makes sense... to a place called Colonia (3 hours by slow ferry and 50 mins by catamaran from BA). Well it sure seems like it might be a nice place - very tranquil and old worldy. Unfortunately the heavens opened today and i´m reduced to sitting in an internet cafe. I did see some incredbly large fossilised armadillo shells in a museum and did the entire spanish conquest of uruguay in 5 mins (on account that ... read more
Fisherman flees an approaching storm

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 9th 2007

Hello all I found the best steak of my life but not in Argentina as expected but in Uruguay. It was only me and seb in Uruguay as dan decided to head to BA early. Got on an overnight bus to the capital-Montevideo, but then straight away got on a bus to the colonial town os Colonia del Sacremento. Got there allrite and we had a hostel in mind, got into a taxi who ripped us off but it was still under a pound, they have a different payment system, on the meter it counts tarrifs, but we thought it was the amount in peso´s- so an argument with the taxi driver was a bit inevitable. Anyway got to the hostel and decided to get a map and do the walking tour around the colonial ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 6th 2007

Uruguay wasn't on the list of places to go when we first organised our trip. We hadn't even considered it until a week ago, but we'd met many people who said that it was a beautiful country. So we couldn't resist. We originally went down to Buquebus to organise a boat trip with Nick, but because of the public holiday, most of the trips were booked out, so unfortunately for Nick, we had to go later, and he missed out. The good news was Lia and I got to spend a weekend away on our own, away from 8 bed dorm hostels with snoring, late night drunken wake ups, and other regular hostel behaviour that we won't go into. Colonia del Sacramento. The Portguese founded Colonia in 1680 to smuggle goods accross Rio de la ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 5th 2007

Parin paivan mittainen pikavisiitti Uruguayhin alkaa olla lopuillaan. Tultiin tanne Coloniaan laivalla suoraan Buenos Airesista. Alkuperaisena ajatuksena oli ollut kavaista Colonian lisaksi myos Montevideossa, mutta paatettiin sitten kuitenkin vain pysytella taalla ja levata. Sacramento Del Colonia on todella viihtyisa pikkukaupunki. Kaupungin vanhassa osassa on kivoja mukulakivikatuja, kauniita taloja ja viihtyisia kahviloita. Meilla onkin aika vierahtanyt lahinna kavellessa ja kahviloissa istuskellessa. Tanaan palataan takaisin Buenos Airesiin, missa ollaan taas pari yota ennen pohjoiseen suuntaamista. ... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 2nd 2007

The party split with Carla and JJ following the coast North to Plaza del Toros along the ramblas, and me heading south on the bike to Playa Ferrando. It was late afternoon already by the time I set off on my rented bicycle. I took General Flores out of the old town and a nice lady gave me directions to a short cut through the shopping centre car park which took me to a dirt road. The dirt road ended onto a tarred road where I asked a couple of boys for directions. "Donde esta la Playa Ferrando?" "todo derecho y al fondo y a la derecha" "gracias" "Muy linda" "!!??!?" The road passed a large nature reserve on the left and a large industrial park on the right, at the end of it was ... read more
lighthouse by night
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 26th 2007

Hello Uruguay and welcome to Colonia del Sacramento a UNESCO World heritage site. A pretty little Colonial town with a lot of cobbled streets, original buildings with a quaint little atmosphere. A lot of buildings are built using original Portuguese construction and due to it being a site of historical importance there have been no alterations (you can tell this by the paint work I am sure) A nice place to bimble around for an hour or two, probably more appreciated by those over 70 (there was al ot of these type of tourists around, American tour group I think)... read more
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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 13th 2007

Chilling in Uruguay for a few days...Colonia del Sacramento not much to do in this little town except some beach time and riding around in 4x4 golf carts. and eating some great steak. ... read more
The old town
The old town
The old town

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 12th 2007

Another bloody early morning - seems we are constantly up earlier than we were to go to work in the UK. Who said this was a holiday??! Of course its worth every second. You can pop over to Uruguay - a place called Colonia de Sacremento - in just 1 hour from Buenos Aires. They say it is the gem of Uruguay and they are not lying. Really pretty and as ever we got glorious weather. We did the Lonely Planet walking tour - this place is about as big as Blackheath so hardly over exerting ourselves - and spent the rest of the time hanging out drinking coffee, watching the sunset and eating. It is a hard life. Most bizarrely we bumped into this lad who was on our spanish course back in London. ... read more
Beautiful Colonia
Beautiful Colonia
Beautiful Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 11th 2007

After yet another 2 hour bus ride (it seems to take 2 hours to get everywhere around here!) we arrive in Colonia and settle in to the worst "hotel" so far - with a bathroom so small you have to put your feet in the shower when you sit on the loo! Again, we don´t have much time here so arrange to hire scooters for a couple of hours so we can see what Colonia has to offer. A good choice, as we are rewarded with stunning views out to sea. Further along the coastal road we come across the remains of a disused bullring - a most imposing structure, like a miniature coliseum. We then visit a small craft market where we purchase our first souvenir - a matté cup and straw (matté is ... read more
Old bull ring
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Lighthouse

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 23rd 2007

English summary: Today we made a daytrip to Colonia del Sacramento, in Uruguay. Within an hour (by ferry) you're on the other end of the Rio Uruguay, in Colonia. It's a city with a nice old centre with cobble stone streets. Vandaag een dag tripje vanuit Buenos Aires naar Uruguay, Colonia. Binnen een uurtje varen komen we in Colonia aan. Een rustig stadje met een mooi oud centrum. Na ons dagelijks ritueel, jugos (vers geperst sapje) drinken, rond gelopen langs de kust. Het centrum heeft veel oude gebouwen en kinderkopjes straatjes waar je met veel moeite over kan lopen. Vanaf de top van de vuurtoren heb je een goed beeld van het stadje. Opvallend is dat er veel antieke auto's rondrijden. Voor het eerst valt op dat men in deze streek veel Mate thee drinkt. ... read more
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