The last stop
Trip Start Oct 15, 2012
69Trip End May 17, 2013
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Colonia, as its more or less known, is almost straight across from Buenos Aires being only an hour by ferry, and many people visit on a day trip from there (many doing so to get some USD to exchange on the black market) and can see why there is a long line at the atm's. there are not a lot of things to do and yet I have planned 3 full days here, so plenty of chill time!
I arrive in the late afternoon and walk the short distance to my hostel another El Viajero (it is as good as the other)
Unfortunately neither of the next two days are really that inviting and while I do attempt to go out and take some photos it is not exactly the right weather - not that I am really in the photo taking mood I think I am still missing my travel partner (its weird traveling 24-7 with someone and then them suddenly not being there). I do manage to take some photos though but cant say I do the place justice.
I do waste a little bit of time working out my journey back to Buenos Aires and unfortunately it costs a bit more than I was expecting and takes at least two walks down to the port to sort it all out (but hey I found out my Spanish is just barely passable in getting things sorted!)
The second full day which is bitterly cold I decide to give completely up on the photo taking and have a nice long lunch at a random restaurant on the main road, having a very delicious steak, a good sized beer and a yummy desert
My last day fares no better as I kind of just hang around the hostel sorting a few things out but I do get out for a little while and get some photo taking in.
The Nitty Gritty:
Accommodation: El Viajero. The third one I have stayed in on this trip and possibly my favourite. The dorm rooms are quite frankly massive. There is an ok sized kitchen and a big common area to hang out in and its located about halfway between the bus station/ ferry and the point of the old town but is also close to the main street of restaurants and supermarkets.
Cost: 240 pesos pp for a 8 person dorm
From Punta Del Este the easiest way to Colonia is to return to Montevideo and get a further bus from there. There is a bus every 20 minutes from both so you should not need to waste too much time. Each journey takes around 2 - 2 1/2 hours
Cost: Punta del Este - Montevideo 204 pesos. Montevideo - Colonia 250 pesos.