Enjoying Uruguay's Quaint, Historic Gem.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
We arrived from Montevideo by bus in the early evening and found our lovely little and reasonably priced, Posada (guest house) on foot. We dumped our packs and went out walking to discover Colonia, just as the sun was setting. From a distance we could hear some drums, so we followed the sound and found a group of drummers warming up for what looked to be a drum circle, complete with a fire. While we were listening and watching, a group of women and children started practicing a sort of a parade type dance. We watched for some time and deduced that it was probably a rehearsal for “Carnivale” which is a big event in Uruguay, just as it is in Brazil.
Reasonably priced restaurants abound in Colonia and people eat very late. We sat down at an empty side walk restaurant at 9.30pm for dinner and by the time we left it was full of diners. We saw diners eating a “Parilla for two” which is a big dish of assorted BBQ meats very popular in both Uruguay and Argentina, and we decided we would try this the following night when we had worked up a larger appetite. Very cheap at around $7A each!
The next day we pampered ourselves with haircuts (very necessary) and for massages (very desirable), then did something quite touristy. We hired a funny bike like vehicle for two to pedal around the town sights. It was loads of fun and also hard work for our not so young leg muscles! At least our muscles were relaxed BEFORE the bike ride from our massages. Avans knee held up OK which was a bonus.
Our long awaited “Parilla” turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax as we had forgotten that we had read about the people of Uruguay love of eating ALL the animal. More than half of the big dish of meat was comprised of offal cooked in different ways and black blood sausage. We only attempted the meat we could identify!
Our ferry to return us to Buenos Aries was booked for 11.15 am and we left our hostel in plenty of time to walk to the terminal
The immigration official smiled at me as I presented my tatty document and I saw at the next booth a young girl was waylaid, with the same problem. It was nice to feel that I was not the only one stupid enough to throw away my immigration card, to get me out of Uruguay!
Footnote: Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento is UNESCO World Heritage Listed.
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