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Argentina day 7 / Uruguay day 1 – Taking the ferry from Buenos Aires into Colonia

Posted by on July 13, 2011

Today was the last day of Argentina just for then (I would go back to Argentina 2 more times but they were only day trips for crossing through). This trip would be crossing into Uruguay by taking the ferry boat out of Buenos Aires. Going into the seaport, it felt like going into the airport as people had to check in, turn in their luggage, and show their passports since this was a crossing between 2 countries. I felt excited about heading to another country again but that excitement would later die out as I found out that it was not just a quick ride from Buenos Aires to Colonia. It was a slow ride of 3 hours of going over the river. Yes, a river, not the ocean. The Río de la Plata is huge due to its width – supporting not only the city of Buenos Aires with a port but also the Uruguayan cites of Colonia and Montevideo and whatever else up north in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. It’s also incredibly very muddy from my view.

Leaving Buenos Aires by boat, border crossing into Colonia, Uruguay

This was the day of departing Buenos Aires by boat

Buenos Aires by the river water edge

Last sight of Buenos Aires before disappearing to the horizon

Tired sleeping tourist on bench

This bum... I mean, Karen, decided to sleep the entire ferry trip there

Uruguay's Colonia port

About to land at Uruguay's Colonia port - Uruguay!

Once we got off in Colonia, Uruguay, it was a quick walk to the hotel and quick settling in before we walked out to get an orientation of the city of Colonia. This city gave off a tourist vibe as well probably because of two things as it was near the coast (and its capital Montevideo), its scenic view of the water, and also the fact it is a UNESCO heritage city. The downtown area is considered to be the main treasure as it has cobblestone roads and very old buildings still standing from colonial times. But I wasn’t ready to go in and see all this stuff until I got some lunch in my belly! But before that – I was in Uruguay!

uruguay-flagBefore embarking, I went around town with some others in finding a café or small restaurant to eat. While walking, I was told that the specialty of this country was something called Chivito. It was basically meat and egg on top of French fries with a salad to go with it. Once I saw a sign saying “chivito” I wanted to eat there! And that was where we went to sit down.

Uruguayan specialty - Chivito, food of Uruguay, meat and french fries

Uruguayan specialty - Chivito

Once I ate that damn good chivito, I was ready to walk around. Another great thing about Uruguay is that it is cheaper than Argentina, probably due to being a smaller country and with less people. But don’t let the smaller size blind you as this country appeared to be very Europeanized like Argentina. And don’t let this city of Colonia fool you unless you’ve walked around!

Downtown Colonia plaza, Uruguay

Downtown Colonia

 

Downtown Colonia plaza, Uruguay, architecture

Nice view of Colonia's colonial style

Downtown Colonia plaza, Uruguay, lighthouse

Colonia's plaza with the lighthouse in view

Walking around Colonia was pretty amazing since this place, this city is the only UNESCO site in all of Uruguay thanks to its colonial heritage such having as a fort, old buildings and cobblestone roads that surround this peninsula surrounded by water.

Downtown Colonia plaza, Uruguay road

Colonia's plaza

Downtown Colonia plaza, Uruguay, cobblestone colonial road

Cobblestone road of Colonia's alleyways

Downtown Colonia plaza, Uruguay lighthouse

This is Colonia's lighthouse which was part of its fort but now pretty much gone due to erosion. Still it was neat to look at.

I could see why the Spanish came to settle down and build a fort as this place had great views of the water. They could easily see incoming ships and protect the mouth of Río de la Plata which also served Buenos Aires.

Water shore, beach, Colonia plaza, Uruguay

Great view of the waters from shore

Road by the water and sun, colonia, uruguay

Imagine when the Spaniards were there to oversee the place...

Fort grew up into a tourist town, Colonia, Uruguay

As time went on, this fort became a popular tourist town for Uruguay

Running, walking trail, Colonia, UruguayAfter seeing everything that I wanted to, I walked back to the hotel so I could change clothes and do some working out. I hadn’t worked out at all during this entire trip unless climbing the volcano counted. I looked at the map to see where I could go and started running in that direction. Due to not running at all, I slightly pulled both hamstrings and somehow walked my way back. Ugh, it sucked not being able to do the things I’m used to doing. That’s what you get for not working out at all and having a blast traveling. It’s called use or lose and for muscles, it’s a big thing. Good thing we were only staying in Colonia for a day because it was off to Montevideo the next day.

I saw something while walking back. Apparently, someone had crashed their bike and the police were there to take notes on it. I almost walked into their line of photography until someone was yelling at me to stop.

Motorcycle accident site in Colonia, Uruguay

I don't know how 2 bikes can crash into each other like that but it did in Colonia, Uruguay