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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
Practicing our lifts

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: read more
Map of the city
Din din

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
Iglesia Matriz
Historical City Gates
Typical Street

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 25th 2013

25 - 26th March Colonia de Sacramento and onto Montevideo After a final tussle with the Ibis over the bill – tried to charge us for breakfast when it was included! So I asked about the discount for the problem with the air con that the manageress mentioned, a quick phone call and caught the words Inglesia and probably loco and result – one free nights stay! and we were off again. We took a taxi down to the port in La Boca to catch the Colonia Express ferry. You had to get there an hour early to check in, which took about 5 minutes and then we sat around for an hour before we went through the immigration stuff. Got stamped out of Argentina and into Paraguay without leaving land! Then another 45 minute wait ... read more
Colonia (4)
Colonia (5)
Colonia (7)

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 20th 2013

Eimal meh hät min Handywecker (Hot Chocolate – You sexy thing!) vo mim Papi sim alte Mobiltelifon gschället, a dem Tag hämmer müse früeh us de Fädere gumpe zum oises Tagesziil erreiche. Was für es hübsches Städtli. Colonia schiint gnau so wies tönt. Chlii, ruig, vil Wind. Find ich uf all Fäll =) Vo Buenos Aires gits täglich e Fähre und inre Stund ischmer scho in Uruguay, Colonia. Eini devo händ dLaura, de Florian, Francois, Mattheo und ich ois gschnappt. Da ich mit vier Franzose unterwägs gsi bi, hani mi zünftig müse is Füdli chlüübe, dasi die Cheibe verstah! ;) aber ich find das tiptop! De Sprachmix zwüsche änglisch, spanisch, französisch und dütsch isch no ganz amüsant..ich forme sogar Sätzli mit allne Sprache drin! De Tag in Colonia hämmer más o menos (= meh oder weniger, ... read more
Old buildings
Colourful Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 16th 2013

On December 28th we took the Buquebus ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay for a day trip. The barrio histórico in Colonia is a UNESO World Heritage Site with narrow, cobbled streets and lots of charm. The Convento de San Francisco Lighthouse dominates the skyline of this little town, and offers nice views of the Río de la Plata and the ferries crossing back and forth from Buenos Aires. We had lunch at El Rincón, a nice little spot where we ate under pine trees on a shaded cobbled street. The food was good, but pricey. 750 Uruguyan pesos for a litre of beer, small plate of pesto ravioli and a chovito plate. We spent practically all of our Uruguayan pesos we had exchanged when we got off the ferry. A ferry, which by the way, ... read more
barrio historico, from lighthouse
beach, rocks and palm trees

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