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THe lighthouse, Colonia

We made it to Colonia after a straightforward 7 hour trip from Punta del Diablo.  It was the former smuggling capital of Uruguay and is considered one of the "jewel in the crown" towns on the continent.   Tree-lined cobbled streets, classic colonial buildings and a very tranquil atmosphere make it a real treasure.

After we dropped our bags at our hotel, we headed straight for the old town and just caught the sun setting over the Atlantic with the beautiful waterfront in the foreground before getting dinner in one of the prime spots of town (which was a darn sight cheaper than Punta del Este!!!) overlooking the harbour.  It was a nice treat after the real "slumming it" of the last few weeks (not!).  That said, after the lazy pasta and pizza dishes that are churned-out in Argentina, it was nice to eat some proper food again (although it just so happend that at this place we got the same old "lazy pasta" again!

Most of the buildings retained their grand architecture, there were very few cars - although there were quite a lot of vintage cars around - in one restaurant you can actually eat your dinner in one - picture to come soon!).

Old city walls, Colonia
  We mooched around for a couple of hours but all too soon it was time to get the ferry (in First Class of course - although that was because we couldn´t get a ticket for "cattle class" downstairs!!!) to Buenos Aires, which is just an hour away across the water. 

Although we were in Uruguay for only 8 nights, we felt we got to see a fair bit of the south coast and experience the rolling and peaceful countrysides, the friendly nature of the Uruguayan people (outside Montevideo and of course, the miserable sods who drive taxis!) and 4 really contrasting places.  We were humming and ha´ing about making the trip to this small and sedate country because we are scarily starting to run short on time (AAAAAARRRGH!) and there are still things that we want to do, but this was another fantastic country to visit and we are glad we made the effort to get here.

Pattylima says:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience through Uruguay...brings a huge smile to my face. I was born in Canada, but my family is from Uruguay. Did you get the opportunity to listen to the spiritual sound of drums while dancing to Candombe (cultural dance)? Check it out:

http://www.magianegra.ca/Music.htm

Wish you both all the best...Small country...but huge hearts! Cheers!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2007
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THe lighthouse, Colonia
THe lighthouse, Colonia
Old city walls, Colonia
Old city walls, Colonia
Colonia
Colonia
Old Car!  Colonia
Old Car! Colonia
Sunset in Colonia
Sunset in Colonia
Sunset in Colonia
Sunset in Colonia
Cobbled streets of Colonia
Cobbled streets of Colonia