Uruguay

6 04 2009
Historic quarter in Colonia, Uruguay

Historic quarter in Colonia, Uruguay

Since we have been to Buenos Aires before and it isn’t the cheapest city (although it is very nice), we decided to go across the Río de la Plata to Uruguay for our few remaining days on the continent.  We took the ferry from Buenos Aires over to the town of Colonia del Sacramento and we are eventually going to an estancia (a large old school cattle ranch) up near Mercedes for two days of luxury living before we head to eastern Europe.

Colonia old quarter wall

Colonia old quarter wall

Colonia del Sacramento was founded around 1680 by the Portuguese (to spy and smuggle goods to the Spanish viceroyalty of Río de la Plata) and has many of the original buildings in the historic quarter, and many tree lined cobblestone streets.  It’s a popular day trip from Buenos Aires and has a nice historic feelin and tons of street cafes that are geared towards tourists.

Our hotel in Mercedes

Streets of Mercedes

We took another bus and arrived late in town of Mercerdes, where we shared a room with some nice Brazilians we met on the same bus.   We stayed in a really old house built around 1830 for a preist.  The house had high ceilings, with tall windows and doors and lots of detail work on the interior.  It was one of the nicest old buildings we have stayed in so far (similar to the one we stayed at in the Barranco district of Lima).  Mercedes is a nice town on the  Río Nergo, with a Rambla (a wide avenue park along the riverfront). After our first night, we eventually got a really nice place to camp on a nice park on an island in the river, close to the city center.

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We saw this same building complex under construction on our last visit three years ago

Buenos Aires: We saw this same building complex under construction on our last visit three years ago

Us in Colonia (no more beard, it's too hot)

Us in Colonia (no more beard, it's too hot)

Leaving Buenos Aires

Leaving Buenos Aires


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