Colonia - A little Gem

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 19, 2007

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Sunday, March 5, 2006

Arrived in Colonia, after a pretty smooth crossing from Buenos Aires. Both of us were feeling the effects of the lack of sleep and the mood was low to say the least!
It only took 3 hours and we did have the luxury of a first class ticket so it was the most painful journey. Tadgh was asleep for most of it on the floor. We sure did look like first class travellers.

We found a place to stay in Colonia called Hotel Colonia, a lovely little hostel on the main street. Probably one of the nicest places we've stayed in yet. There was a lovely open courtyard and the rooms were surrounding it. The room itself looked like someone had actually made a bit of effort to give it some character, there was a bit of antique looking furniture and the paint wasn't falling off the walls like most places. It was a steal too at a mere 6 euros a night!

The town itself was really quaint. It's set on the delta so the water was a funny shade of brown but we were told it was okay to swim in. Its an old colonial town and all the buildings are low, flat roofed houses. There's lots of little cobbled laneways and two piers where the locals have their boats docked. Some of the houses had been left to ruin whch was a bit of a shame and you couldn't help thinking for a few quid it would be a great doer-upper!

We spent two quiet days there, biking around thanks to the hostel providing free bikes..although they were a close relation to a high nellie and could have done with about 3 cans of WD-40 and a new saddle (the asses still arent right after the few Kms we biked!)

The beaches to the west weren't anything great, but at least they were quiet and there was nobody trying to flog stuff to us. The beach to the east of the ferry Punta Fernando was much nicer and there was only one other person on the whole beach the day we were there. In the evenings we managed to catch a few beautiful sunsets from the pier, of course this involved taking another hundred or so photos to capture it as best we could.

The evenings were a quiet mad partying. The most excitement was when all the boy racers had a little convention one evening....a bit like an episode of pimp my ride! They all stood around with the music pumpin' admiring eachothers wheels! The place is also packed with mopeds and some people even get around on golf buggys! So the streets tended to get a bit noisy in the evening with all those 50 cc engines buzzing around the place.
The town was full of lovely restaurants too that were ridiculously cheap. Although it was probably the end of the holiday season because most of them were empty, but we did our damndest to supress the appetites till at least 10pm so we wouldn't be dining alone!

All in all it was a fab place just to chill out after a few days hectic travelling and we´d definately recommend it if you have spent too many nights partying in Buenos Aires! Mosi repellant is a must though. We still bare the scars from getting eaten alive by the monsters....supposedly they get immune to the local stuff as well so its advised to bring stuff from other countries!! They´re cute whoores!
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