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IX: Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

2010 SOUTH AMERICA TRIP REPORT

I: Introduction

II: Los Angeles to Washington Dulles via Denver in United First

III: Washington to Buenos Aires in United Airlines Business Class

IV: Business Class (Cama) Bus Service from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls on Crucero del Norte

V: Breakfast in Paraguay, Lunch in Brazil, Dinner in Argentina + Brazilian Side of Cataratas

VI: Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian Side + Sheraton Iguazu Falls

VII: First Class (Super Cama) Bus Service from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires on Rio Uruguay

VIII: Exploring Buenos Aires

IX: Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

X: Review: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

XI: Buenos Aires to Washington, DC in United Economy

XII: Outstanding Service on United from IAD-LAS-SFO-LAX

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My original plan was to fly to Montevideo, spend the day there, and take a ferry back, but after talking to my butler at the Park Hyatt (more on that in the next segment of my trip report) and doing some research of my own, I decided to go to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay instead.

Colonia is the oldest city in Uruguay and its historic section of town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former Portuguese colony traded hands between Spain and Portugal (and later Brazil) nine times before becoming part of Uruguay in 1828 (recall that Uruguay had declared independence from Brazil three years earlier).

The historic part of town is lined with cobblestone streets and an eclectic mix of architectural styles. There is not a great deal to do or see in Colonia, but certainly enough for a day trip.

The best way to get to Colonia from Buenos Aires is to take a ferry boat operated by Buqebus. A standard ferry takes three hours and a fast ferry takes 1 hr, 15 min. Tickets on the fast ferry are about $80 r/t, though you can save by buying in advance.

The ferry terminal is located near the rail and bus stations in Beunos Aires and you are stamped out of Argentina and into Uruguay before you board the boat (vice-versa on the return). You also must go through a (very non-evasive) security checkpoint. The fast ferry is modern and spacious with clean bathrooms, a snack bar, duty free shop, and even an arcade.

Main lobby of ferry port

"Premier" Class section onboard -- no customers (tickets 3x the price)

Once I arrived in Colonia I spent about 3.5 hours walking around before having a delicious fish lunch and then returning to Buenos Aires. 

View from top of lighthouse

Looking down the lighthouse steps

Good food here.

Long immigration lines before return trip to Buenos Aires

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