A day trip to Colonia, Uraquay

Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

With Buenos Aires only seperated from Uraguay by the Rio de Plata we thought it would be rude not to make a wee visit, especially as it is one of the places where the Portenos visit due to the beautiful coastline (which unfortunately is lacking in BA) and the fact that it is only a short 50 minute ferry ride away.  So off we went on Saturday to visit the quaint and pretty city of Colonia de Sacramento in Uraquay.

Our morning began by making our way to the Baquebus terminal down by the quayside.  The Baquebus Terminal (which initally we thought was the bus terminal when we first looked at a map of the city - go figure they call the ferry a bus????? Not at all confusing) is a very glam, airport type building where you have to check-in and go through the usual security and then passport control.  We were very excited about this part as because we were visiting a whole new country for the day we got to get some more new stamps in our currently pristene passports (sad, I know).  Once through security we got on to a nice plush ferry for our journey to Uraquay.

Colonia is called a city but in all honesty it is a very small little town with a lovely quaint village feel about it with cobbled streets and lovely colonial style artchitecure.  Factoid of the Day: Colonia is the oldest town in Uraquay and its historic quarter is classed as a world heritage site.  The historic barrio is the big tourist attraction with lots of lovely trinket shops and cafes and resturants to please its visitors.

We had a lovely day wondering the streets and the lovely coastline enjoying the sunshine (once it finally decided to appear in the afternoon).  We had a lovely lunch at the Drugstore, were we would definitely recommend the lovely fish of the day that we both had.  Such a nice change to have some fish and vegetables rather than beef for a wee change.  After sampling the local brew (Pilsten) we had a good explore of what the town had to offer then headed back for our early evening ferry back to Buenos Aires.  A delightful, charming place to visit and definitely worth a day trip to see.
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