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Mar 28, 2016 - Colonia del Sacramento

Last night we prepped ourselves for an early morning so we could be up and on the road early for the 4 hour drive to Colonia del Sacramento, west of Montevideo. We checked out about 8 am and stopped in McDonalds for a coffee and Tostada Criolla...basically ham, egg and cheese on a specialty roll. Honestly, the food and coffee there was pretty good. We had heard in our research that Uruguay doesn't allow the use of all the chemicals and preservatives that we do in the U.S. In fact, in your coffee it's real cream with the foam on it...no fake...

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Jan 4, 2014 - Colonia: A Day Trip to Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay: A Day Trip ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4 January 2014 Colonia del Sacramento in a Day Having spent a few days in the big city of Buenos Aires, I decided to pop across to Uruguay for the day, as you do. This meant another early rise, departing at 06.15 and not returning until 23.45. There are a number of options for making the 50km crossing of the River Plate but as it was a day trip, I chose the quickest, a...

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Jan 2, 2013 - Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Today we finally ended up going to Uruguay. We took a ferry across the ocean and docked (No, this is not a pun, John) in Colonia del Sacramento, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This town was VERY cool and the historic neighborhood was extremely well preserved. We walked to the beach and observed locals fishing for their dinner and absorbed the local tea (Mate). In addition to the atmosphere, the weather was absolutely perfect!! We returned to Buenos Aires this evening and are planning to go out for a traditional Argentinian steak...

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Jan 26, 2011 - Colonia

We woke to rain, thunderstorm outside. Easy morning since bus doesn't leave til 10:30am, but the rain never really stopped so we had to go to the bus terminal by taxi (only 8-10 blocks but rain not cooperating). A lot cooler today, skies overcast. Again, countryside all agriculture, cows (90% Hosteins or Herfords), horses, sheep...also we pass quite a few 'For Sale' signs for homes and land. Haven't seen this many (very few in Chile, Arg, or Brazil) since in the N. of Americas. Uruguay looks very prosperous, very WASPish (tho Catholic, ha)...

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Jan 25, 2011 - Back to Uruguay to get Paco

We made it back to South America on the 21st of Jan. We traveled directly to Urugay from BA via a fast Cat across the Rio De la Plata. We met up with Ms. Delgado and got permission to get our car Paco. She let us stay in the space for two nights. The car started the first time I tried. Wow. I had a huge water leak, and when we filled the gas tank it leaked. Oh, these Westys. We drove around and the water leak stoped, and the gas leak persist. I will fix this in Rosario, this is a typical thing with the gas tank. Karla cleaned the car...

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Jan 13, 2011 - Return to Colonia

Wednesday January 12 On Tuesday I took the fast ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. This ferry is a large catamaran where the seating ressembles that of an airplane. Fortunately, we were crossing a river (a large one, Rio de la Plata) and not the open ocean, so there was no sea-sickness inducing motion. It took only an hour ($50) and I chatted with the nice woman sitting next to me (a Colombian-Canadian) so we got taking about Colombia, and about internet marketing, since this is her field of work, as it so happens. I arrived to an overcast Colonia....

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Dec 25, 2008 - Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Ravi -- Colonia del Sacramento, an hour ferry ride across the Rio Plata from Buenos Aires, hosts a precious old town center hinting at colonial times when the city changed hands frequently between the Portuguese and Spaniards. We arrived Christmas night by a large Buquebus ferry, everything in the town within walking distance. A gorgeous sunset across the wide river mouth provided a romantic air as its famous white lighthouse glowed red. An old port area and various small plazas also added to the vibe. We explored the old town fully the...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Colonia de Sacremento

We caught the catamaran ferry for the short 1 hour journey across the Rio de la Plata river to Colonia de Sacremento in Uruguay. Colonia is a lovely wee town with horse and carts and vintage cars still plying the old cobbled streets. As it is such a small place the car hire companies rent out golf buggies instead of cars to the people who are too lazy to walk. Colonia is a beach destination in the summer but as it is the middle of winter now we didn´t go for a swim! The weather was quite nice though as although it was cold it was sunny the...

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Jan 20, 2008 - Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

20th January Today started early with a taxi drive to the port to catch the speed ferry across the plate river to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. This was the historic first place established in the country and we had an interesting tour round the historic centre. The Ferry only took and hour whereas the normal ferry takes 3 hours so this gives you an idea of how wide the river is. It seemed to be wider than the English Channel. There were many small museums we visited and a church which is very popular for marriage ceremonies with...

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Jan 16, 2008 - URUGUAY - Across the border and into Uruguay

We caught a ferry from the port in Buenos Aires across the mouth of the Rio Del Plata to a town called Colonia Del Sacramento. Its a really small port town of cobbled streets and old colonial buildings, with some nice cafes and restaurants. There's not a lot to do there - 2 days was easily enough - but it was nice to chill out for a couple of days after life in the city. Nice to spend a bit of time just the two of us again too, after the last 3 weeks or so doing things in a group. We rented a moped on our second day and spent the day...

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Jan 4, 2008 - Mercedes and Colonia de Sacrimento

Spent a day in Mercedes - a small town on the banks of the Rio Negro. We were intending to arrange a stay on a cattle estancia for some horse riding, etc, but the logistics and heat got the better of us and we found ourselves joining hundreds of the locals in a dip in the Rio Negro to cool off. Colonia is a beautiful (although somewhat touristy) town on the bay of the River Plate - due to the silt load the water is a light brown colour (not unlike the North Sea - but a lot warmer). The old town is another UNESCO site with many colonial...

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Dec 27, 2007 - Banda Oriental

That is Uruguay's old name. It is now officially called the 'Republic East of the Uruguay'. From Iguassu, we traveled between 4 countries in a span of 8 hours. From Brazil into Paraguay for a little unplanned pre-Christmas shopping diversion. After a couple of hours there, onto Argentina and from there caught a bus into the border town in Uruguay called Salto. I didn't see much of Salto because of my fall in Iguassu. But then there isn't much to see or do in Salto - its just a small border town. From there we went onto Montevideo, the...

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