"We hopped on the bus from Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil for a 12 hour bus to arrive in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo and immediately handed over our passports to the bus company for them to handle the immigration to Uruguay. It was by far the easiest border crossing so far this trip. We slept through it! On board, much to our surprise, the food was amazing. It was like a 3 course meal…except microwaved most probably. But it was perfect for the food coma before getting some sleep. Breaking out of the food coma around 7am we first stopped off in Puente Del Este on the east coast of Uruguay, which is famous throughout South America as a very expensive and beautiful beach town. Given the fact that the weather was poor and that the word expensive scared us, we decided to head straight to Montevideo and arrived about 2 hours later in the capital.
We arrived in Montevideo around 11 in the morning and after a quick stop off at the ATM, grabbed a bus and headed downtown to our hostel in the Old City. The hostel was located perfectly in the Old town amongst a mixture of modern buildings and old, almost falling down, European style buildings. After checking in, we headed for a walking tour of the city, along the way visiting the crypt of Artigas, the founding father of Uruguay, and the Plaza de Independencia, where we did our traditional Irish dancing. For lunch we tried some of the famous chivito, which is basically a big steak sandwich and then headed back to the hostel in the evening for a chillax. We were told that nightlife doesn’t kick off in Uruguay until 2am, so we headed to the leaba with the hope of getting up a few hours later, something which never materialised. The night’s sleep was not the best due to an old guy in the room, who was identical to Santa Claus, who was snoring for 12 hours non-stop.
We arrived in Colonia in the evening time and after a short walk to the hostel, we went about seeing a bit of the old town before sun set. It was possible to walk around the whole town in about 30 minutes and en route we were treated to some street dancing by the locals, something which occurs every Sunday. Afterwards we tried some Mate for the first time, which is the most popular tea in the country and every citizen can be seen walking around with their flask and cup. Let’s just say it has a unique taste!
Arising early, we grabbed brekkie took out some more dollars and went to buy our boat tickets to Buenos Aires. On the way back from the port, we stopped by the lighthouse, from which we could kind of see Buenos Aires in the distance…almost! Afterwards we threw together another quick meal, tested some more mate and headed to the port for the boat. Immigration was easy once again and we were on our way!