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Oct 10, 2018 - Montevideo to Colonia de Sacramento

Today we leave Montevideo to travel by bus to Colonia de Sacramento. We catch a taxi from our Hotel to the bus terminal. When we arrive at the terminal we can get a ticket straightaway and the bus leaves within 5 minutes. The bus is comfortable, and we settle in for the 3 hour drive. We pass through quite a few small towns, stopping occasionally and at one stage a dozen school kids get on the bus for a few stops, but the time passes quickly. Once we reach Colonia we get in a taxi to go to our Hotel. We check in and then head out to have a...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Unlucky in Uruguay

2018 marks our 13th year of what I consider international travelling - you, know outside of the USA and not counting our packaged trips to Mexico. I guess we were due, and I sure hope it means we have many years sans misfortune ahead of us. one touristic thing to do in Buenos Aires is pop over to Colonial,Uruguay by ferry, and the packaged day trip is not much more that booking a return ticket. So, we were content to book the ferry ride, bus & walking tour and "two hours of time for yourself" - code for shopping - package. not much for...

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Dec 11, 2017 - Colonia Uruguay

After having a fantastic night at the Argentian Tango Show being centre aisle on the front of the elevated section, and also having a photo with the lead dancers, got back to the hotel at 1am ready to get up to go to visit Colonia in Uruguay our third country in two weeks at 05:30 to get the hydrofoil across the River Plate, the largest estuary in the world. Colonia was a restored 18th and 19th century Spanish and Portugese port, the reason for the changes were that these two warring nations were battling over this key headland. Have...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Colonia, Uruguay

I took the Buquebus fast ferry from BA to Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay. Took about an hour and a half. Got off the ferry and the aduana was a complete joke as it was obvious that anyone and everyone was welcome regardless of what's in their baggage. Colonia is a magical city on the Rio de la Plata. Huge sycamore trees line the cobblestone streets and the wind blows. The old town is as picturesque as they come. Any movie involving an old Hispanic town with lots of shade from the huge trees and colored with the abundant bougainvilleas and...

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Aug 13, 2014 - smuggling with style

Our last stop on our grand South American tour was the charming city of Colonia, Uruguay. Interestingly enough, it was originally settled by the Portuguese as a port town from which to smuggle goods into Buenos Aires, but these days it's known as the most beautiful city in Uruguay. The "old town" is actually a little peninsula filled with cobblestone streets, antique street lamps, and flowering vines crawling up crumbling stone walls. Overall, it was the perfect place to wander, buy souvenirs, and savour our last South American steak...

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Mar 14, 2013 - Uruguay

Early morning ferry to Uruguay. Lots of waiting and lining up. Ferry full of young soccer supporters heading to game in Uruguay...lots of singing and chanting. Finally free time to wander the streets of this old town a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish architecture from the 1600's. There seems to be little overall reaction in BA about the new Pope. He is well liked though and described as a humble man. Lunch again proves to be a cultural experience what with Pimento sauces and oodles of meat...Degustation de parilla might sound interesting...

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Jan 8, 2013 - Espanish

With angst we made our way from the Monarca Hotel to our home stay on Sunday, Jan. 6th. We trundled our wheeled backpacks up Avenida Cordoba, one of the main streets in Buenas Aires to the bus stop at Florida. We boarded the 140 bus and spent the next 1/2 hour watching the block numbers roll by. We got off a stop too early but easily found Uriarte Calle and picked the middle of 3 addresses (yes 3--Gord had 1585, I had 1588 and the phone book showed 1594) and rang the bell. A nervous little lady opened the door, took one look and smiled. We...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Colonia, Uruguay

Hola. Yesterday was a moving day. We booked, checked in and paid for the slow ferry from Buenas Aires to Colonia. What a relaxing day! We had a 3 hour boat ride, waited till most had disembarked, and were able to catch a taxi to our hostel--a stone´s throw from the terminal had we known. What´s 5 USD anyway. The meter had not even registered! We walked around the old part of the city in the evening. The hustle and bustle of the larger city is gone and much appreciated. We bought day bus tickets to Montevideo for Friday, found city maps of...

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Oct 6, 2012 - Day 2 Colonia

After a good nights sleep I finally got moving around 9am which is late for me. I wanted to go to the burial site for Ava Paron. For a cemetery the Moslems where quite interesting. I didn't have much time there but I got to see what I wanted to. The one task I needed to complete today was getting my SIM card activated and getting touch with my guide in Mendoza. I am usually technically savvy but it is not so easy to get everything setup when all the instructions are in Spanish. I can't believe the hoops I had to jump through to get my card...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Colonia

Nous sommes maintenant en Uruguay à Colonia. C'est une jolie petite ville de style colonial fondée par les Portuguais en 1680 puis réclamée par les immigrants espagnols de Buenos Aires, avec de jolies maisons colorées et plages au bord du Rio de la Plata. Son centre historique est inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. C'est dommage que nous sommes pas en été car nous ne pouvons pas vraiment profiter des plages et des terrasses situées un peu partout dans le centre. Et oui, alors que dans 3 jours c'est le début de l'été pour vous, cela...

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Mar 22, 2012 - Uruguay

Our computer finally broke completely so I am writing from our hotel computer and need to be brief. We took an overnight bus from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, caught a man pickpocketing Lia´s backpack at the bus station, Jim chased him down and made him empty his pockets, then caught a cab to the ferry building in Buenos Aires, then a ferry to Colonia Uruguay, then a cab to our hotel in Uruguay. We slept well that night and spent a beautiful day in Colonia. We then spent the weekend with the family of a friend at their farm about an hour...

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Feb 4, 2012 - Colonia, Uruguay

4th Feb Off to Uruguay on the fast ferry – takes about an hour. Very cool way to pass from one country to the next as you pass through immigration – one little glass cubicle but two different immigration officers. Your passport is stamped out of Argentina by one and into Uruguay by the other, simple and very sensible. There are posh seats but we are in with the poor people and it's mobbed. However, comfy chair by the window and it's a lovely day. David is feeling a little under the weather today and decides that it's time for a sleep and...

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