The last stop

Trip Start Oct 15, 2012
Trip End May 17, 2013

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Flag of Uruguay  , Colonia,
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ok so I know technically this is not a part of our trip together but thought it would be an appropriate place to finish off with Uruguay complete before I start a new blog for my solo journey and well since it my blog and Im writing it I get to do what I want!

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!

My Stay:
I arrive in the late afternoon and walk the short distance to my hostel another El Viajero (it is as good as the other). I settle into probably the most spacious dorm I may have ever stayed in and have a shower. I go for a short walk down to the water front but decide to take some photos the following day and stop at a hole in the wall type place and have choripan and fries for dinner (hey I cant be healthy all the time)

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

Getting There:
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.
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