Relaxing in Colonia del Sacremento
Trip Start Jan 29, 2009
12Trip End Jan 07, 2010
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Another early start on the morning we left Buenos Aires for Uruguay. As I said in the last post, we weren´t even planning on visiting Uruguay originally but when we found out how easy it was to grab a ferry over from Buenos Aires we thought why not!!! We said goodbye to our wee hostel and jumped on the tube to the ferry terminal. Can I just say I would not recommend this to anyone in future, the tube was heaving at that time of the morning and we could barely fit onto any of the carriages with our backpacks on. I´m sure we might have made a few locals a bit grumpy that morning, I know I wouldn´t like to be squished in beside someone´s extensive luggage when I was trying to get to work in the morning!!
We arrived to glorious weather and headed off to our hostel (which was rather conveniently signposted all the way from the terminal, thank you v much Hostel El Espagnol). The hostel was lovely and had bright rooms opening onto a very picturesque central courtyard. The only drawback was that we were in a dorm (the first time we had tried it - it was ok but not really for us, we´re both old codgers now who like our privacy when we go to sleep).We dumped our stuff and headed out to explore. Now, there´s not much to this wee town but we could see straight away why so many Argentinians hop over to visit. It was the kind of place that just transported you back in time - beautiful little narrow cobbled streets, a port, lots of picturesque old colonial buildings and gorgeous little secluded beaches. It was exactly the place to come if you wanted to get out of the city for a few days and relax - perfect for us!! There wasn´t much to do except take in the scenery so thats exactly what we did. After an initial wander around the old town we headed down the coast and came across a lovely sandy beach that was practically deserted (considering Colonia is a prime tourist spot and February is high season, its amazing how this place retained its sense of ´getting away from it all´)
And thats exactly what we did. On our second day we headed down to the beach we had found the previous day and set ourselves up for some sun worship. It was great, we had the beach practically to ourselves and the sun was glorious. We even had a dip in the brown water!! Now we´d just like to say we didn´t do this lightly, it could have been full of shit for all we know, but after seeing a lot of people swimming quite happily in the water we thought we´d stick in a tentative toe. Turns out that the reason the water is so brown is because the Rio del Plata is really just a huge river estuary that contains wads of sediment and when the river water mixes with the water from the Atlantic Ocean it swirls up the sediment creating a milky brown/bronze colour. For the record, the water was really pleasant, with soft sand underfoot the whole way out. Anyway, we realised later that day that it was probably a mistake to take to the water so often as it kept washing our sun lotion off (despite re-applying a million times). A few hours into our sunbathe and we started to feel like we were cooking so we had to give up and head back to the hostel. We were not prepared for the sight when we got back - we were burnt!!
Anyway, we were feeling a bit sorry for ourselves so we spent our last night in Colonia frequently re-applying moisturiser and avoiding appearring in anything other than darkened rooms. Ach well, never mind, we had a lovely relaxing time up until then. We would fully recommend a relaxing few days in this town to anyone, just make sure you put on lots of sunblock if you plan on a swim!!!