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First stop: Colonia

I was in Argentina for 2 months last winter, and decided to spend 10 days in Uruguay.

A three hours ferry ride from Buenos Aires is Colonia, a quaint 17th century colonial town full of history and great food. Many people make it a short day trip from B.A., but Colonia is worth at least two days to really appreciate its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.

Here are some notes from my travel journal:

"What can I say? Wow! I've already extended my stay until Friday morning!! :-) "

"In a nutshell: the history and charm of Quebec city, the small town feeling of Fussen or Hallstatt, and the climate of central California!"



Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is only a few hours away by bus from Colonia. It shares a lot with Buenos Aires, but on a much smaller scale.

Piriapolis and Punta del Este

East of Montevideo, a string of beaches extends all the way to Brazil. These draw crowds of holidaying Uruguayans and Argentinians during the summer. I stopped in Piriapolis for a few days and made a quick side trip to Punta del Este. Piriapolis is a busy family resort, probably similar to what Fort Lauderdale looked like in the seventies, while Punta is an upscale resort with a "French Riviera" feel.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good food, friendly people, short distances
  • Cons:can't think of any...
  • In a nutshell:Worth a few days of exploration
  • Last visit to Uruguay: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Wouldn't mind visiting this country at all. Great hotel tip for the Hotel Colona in Piriapolis, unfortunately the prices have increased considerably.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Ive been in Buenos Aires several times over the years and never quite gotten around to Uruguay, looks nice and calm:)

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 5:10 AM

    Hello Marie-France. South America is a continent I haven't visited yet, so I very much enjoyed reading your tips! Thank you very much for sharing :-) Greetings from Dubai / Jess

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2007 at 7:24 AM

    I always thought I'd take an excursion to Uruguay if I was ever in BA. Seems like a nice country. By the way, thanks for checking out my homepage the other day.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2007 at 6:03 AM

    Early morning coffee and medialunas in Colonia sounds great - have only been for the day before - maybe we'll spend a night or two there next time we visit BA. leyle

  • Tom_In_Madison's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 6:36 AM

    I'm planning on going to Colonia from BA in a couple weeks....totally forgot about the 'bring a passport' tip even though it's just across the river! Thanks for reminding me!

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Lovely description of Uruguay. We've planned 10 days for our visit too, I hope it'll be enough.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2006 at 10:34 AM

    A very interesting and helpful page. Great photos!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2006 at 2:45 PM

    Nice to see pictures of Colonia in the sunshine. The weather was not so accommodating when I was theree ;-\

  • Mar 2, 2006 at 9:12 PM

    Great photos and narration - Uruguay is on the list of my future destinations (like I don't have enough already...)


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