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Colonia del Sacramento – Uruguay

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well – now we are starting to believe we are a long way away!!!!! Given our budgets, we are staying in a small family hostel in the very “local” end of town. It was a bit of a shock to the system pushing the buggy up the unmade roads, dogs wandering around, and the occasional youth roaring past on a 50cc Honda.

 

 

 

cobbled streets of colonia

The place we are staying is actually lovely, we have a room (for 5 people – a bit tight!) but luckily there is a small terrace outside that we have colonised, with kids and washing. If we had an American flag, we could probably claim rights to it. Being spring, the leaves are just coming out, but the nights and mornings are a bit cold. During the day it is fine and sunny and low twenties – lovely.

The old town of Colonia is much more appealing to tourists, low old buildings reminiscent of the original Spanish and Portuguese conquerors. We are getting into the wandering around, chilling out, looking longingly at the over-priced cafes and occasionally indulging in the tasty ice cream whilst we people watch from the pavement. Kids are really getting into the hours of wandering around and have become pretty good tourists. (Saying that, we pay for it at times as they seem to get very tired and take it in turns to give the parents a hard time. Theo today is a complete nightmare!). The place is a pretty original Spanish fort town, single storey blocks around pretty squares from the 17th century, with a large fortified wall around it. The view from the lighthouse shows that it is actually a facade of skin deep buildings with rubble walls and corrugated iron behind. In some ways if feels like a cross between a North African colonial settlement and a Mid West cowboy stage set.

great vintage cars, feels a bit like Cuba

just ridiculous

We are using our time on Colonia with a decent internet connection to plan the next week few weeks a bit more – currently thinking of abandoning Atacama and Salta (whilst adventurous, getting kids out of hostels at 5 am to go and see dawn in a desert may be getting a bit too hard for us). This would allow us to take a more leisurely series of buses across the central Pampas to Rosario, Cordoba, San Juan and Mendoza, before tacking the Andes. Finances proving a bit of an issue, costs here are considerably greater than in Europe.
If anyone has any advice, or says we must see Salta/Atacama at all costs, please leave a comment.
To get away from the “should we / shouldn’t we” scenario of travel planning, we made for the beach (the one benefit of living out of town) and were immediately soothed. The beach is actually on the delta of the Rio de Plata (the second largest delta in the world and the next one down from the Amazon) and considering it is a brown river, the beach was pretty white a squeaky clean. To be fair, we did not swim, being softie European travellers we were put off by the idea of jellyfish, poisonous eels and piranah’s. The kids did paddle around, maybe tomorrow we will be braver!

soft sand - brown water

In the evening we passed away an hour waiting for sunset over the Rio Del Plata, the second largest river delta in the world, and we met this lovely couple from Buenos Aires. As we got chatting they gave us some fantastic advice on some of the places we are planning to see, and steered us towards Salta and Jujuy provinces – maybe a visit to Atacama may be back on? This would mean missing Mendoza, and arranging a different route to Santiago, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

the sunset was lovely.........

............and then we were joined by out new friend

We finished the evening off in a very local BBQ house, eating parridilla and Chivitos (lots of BBQ meat, and a veal/bacon burger type affair.) It was all very spit and sawdust, but the owners and chefs were ace and were happy for me to round them up for a photo.
Colonia has been lovely, and having a few extra days has been a real break from the hectic travelling schedules, from now on we promised ourselves we would stay at least 3 nights in each place.

Steak, bread and wine + no vegetables = perfect dinner

waiting for dinner with a beer by the river

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  1. katko
    October 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I love the photos. Looks like an amazing time. The dogs are funny – I remember the dog walkers and one human being attached to about 20 dogs. Totally ridiculous. Atacama may be quite adventurous with kids. The other thought I had was:

    http://viajesbaratos.sobreturismo.es/2008/08/24/el-tren-a-las-nubes-otra-vez-funcionando/

    We didn’t go on it but it does look cool. However 16 hours on a train with 3 kids might be a bit ambitious. Although the train does have a doctor on board in case you pass out due to lack of oxygen. Handy.

    K
    x

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