Buenos Aires just didn’t click for us in our first few days. It was just too big a city, with lots of homeless people and police everywhere. So we took the buquebus, a high speed ferry, to Montevideo in Uruguay. This is not a cheap way to travel as it cost $688.35CAD for all of five of us. They had half of the boat dedicated to duty free sales in USD. Some good deals but none that we could partake as you had to buy 3 or 4 items to make it worthwhile. It was a great destination and lots of fun.
We arrived in the early evening just before sunset. Pelted with sand and grit as we walked through a wind storm to our hotel. We stayed the two nights at the Holiday Inn Montevideo which was a charming hotel with breakfast included. Ben and Emma were not hungry so Colleen, Hannah and I went out for a quick bite at the Dabubio Azul restaurant right next door. Very friendly waiter who helped us pick our meal. Just think grilled meat, Russian potato salad, French fries, beer for me and wine for Colleen.
Two days later we moved hotels to the Four Points by Sheraton to take advantage of our platinum status (suite upgrade). No lounge but the location and the staff were equally good including the restaurant waiter who lived twenty years in Brampton.
Key Sites to see in Montevideo
Colonia Del Sacremento
Founded in 1680, Colonia Del Sacramento, is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay and it’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We took the bus from Montevideo to Colonia for $81.45CAD in a very comfortable bus. Stopping everywhere, the milk run, including picking up little kids going home from school. It was neat to see the local side of life.
To maximize our platinum status we stayed at the Sheraton Golf and Spa Resort. The rooms (suite upgrades for both rooms) and the view made up for the 6km walk into town.
The Old Quarter
Back to Argentina
We loved Uruguay and would stay longer but it is a little more expensive and we saw what we wanted to see. Colleen booked the buquebus (high speed ferry) back to Buenos Aires but a combination of errors like the system only allows booking four passengers at once meant that we had to split up, or so we thought. When we arrived at the ferry terminal the buquebus agent had no issue in selling us another ticket so we wasted the ‘just in case ticket’ from another ferry line which was the equivalent of two cases of beer off my allotment when I return to Ottawa – ouch!
We walked to the bus station from the marina to pick up an overnight bus to Cordoba. But that is our next post ….