Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento

Got a ride to Colonia del Sacramento

Leaving Montevideo in a Chinese car felt a bit unsafe. But I wanted to come here differently than with the ordinary bus. This also made it possible to stop at some places to take some more photos. A car is always more flexible and I prefer it as transportation up to a certain cost.

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Chinese transportation taking me to Colonia del Sacramento. It sure was an experience. I now know why these cars don’t pass the European tests
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Last bit before Col del Sacramento. Loads of palm trees on both sides of the road. Sweeet!
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Almost there!

The old part of the city

The walk around this small part took me a long time. Not too many photos were shot, but it was amazing. No need to rush around here. Thought that I’d go out again just before sunset but a big dark cloud came towards the city on the horizon. This created a fake sunset and I didn’t have to come out later again. Yeeey, is what you say, if you’re lazy!

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Amazing lights and old houses
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Ancient car with green things growing inside it
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Old part of Colonia del Sacramento
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Old part of Colonia del Sacramento

Sunset time!

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Amazing sunset in Colonia del Sacramento
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Amazing sunset a bit zoomed out
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Beautiful sunset
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Beautiful sunset in Colonia del Sacramento

By the water

Down around the waterfront, there’s a nice old mill that nowadays serves as a restaurant. Food is great and it’s lovely to  sit outdoors. Doing this during the sunset is a big recommendation!

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The old mill that now is a restaurant
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Found this old one close to the water
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Old car that purely fits here. Parked close to the the restaurant and water

South coast & Graffiti

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Graffiti on an old building
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Hiding behind a palm tree taking photos of graffiti
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Trying some new things

Lighthouse

Getting up to the top of the lighthouse sets you back 25 pesos (less than $1). From there you get a good overview over the city. Well, more like village I would say. Maybe not the best view, but for this price you really can’t complain about it!

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View over Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento
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From the top of the lighthouse out along the coast
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The lighthouse light

Buses and Antigua?

Buses in this city have a special sign that makes them stand out a bit from the buses in other cities. At least to me. The buses have a sticker that says “Sol Antigua” and then there’s a sun, just like on the Antigua & Barbuda flag. Notice the resemblance?

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Bus in Col de Sacramento
The beautiful Antiguan flag!
The beautiful Antiguan flag!

For me, this is a total match… But you be the judge. Is there maybe some teamwork between this citys buses and Antigua?

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Main street of Colonia del Sacramento where I found the bus

Get over to Buenos Aires

Easiest way to get over to Buenos Aires is with boat. At the moment, there’s three different companys crossing the river between the cities. Be aware that some boats are quicker than others so double check the travel time if this is important for you. It varies between an hour and three hours. I passed over a week after high season was over and might be different compared to high season! From around $40 and up oneway with the taxes included. Booked it less than 24h before.

A list of the boat companies after prices. Cheapest first!
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Buquebus 
Seacat Colonia 

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Port of Colonia del Sacramento
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Looking kind of like an airport on the inside. Port of Colonia del Sacramento
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Toilet paper is important. Don’t let it be stolen

Came from: Montevideo

Next stop: Buenos Aires

Or here, for my full Uruguay trip