18 km (11 miles) – Total so far: 18 km (11 miles)
In the morning we finished packing our luggage and after the last good-byes to the family we headed for the port of Buenos Aires, riding through its urban jungle streets already full of the city´s usual daily chaos.
We reached the port, did the migration stuff (check out Argentina and Check in Uruguay) and could enter the ferry with the bikes packed.
The crossing of the Rio de la Plata took about an hour (“Buquebus” is the name o the company) and was comfortable. There is a duty free shop on board and you can get drinks and snacks.
Arriving in Colonia, Uruguay, we first asked for room prices in different hostels or hotels, but as everything was very expensive here, we decided to do camping.
The camping ground “Los Nogales” is about 1km from the center of town. It has a nice area with lots of big trees that can give you shade, but the facilities are more than poor and the rest rooms are pretty run down, good if you don´t feel too delicate about such things….
We went to the historic part of the town which is very nice, everything colonial style, very idyllic. A nice little bar offered sandwiches and claimed to have the best coffee of Colonia. So we sat down to have a sandwich and some beer which took them about one hour. We almost died of thirst, as it was hot, hot, hot. Maybe we should get used to the relaxed rhythm of Uruguay!! After we bought some water and stuff in the local shopping and went back to the camping ground.