Uruguay – Colonia del Sacramento, Punta del Este & Montevideo

We headed to Uruguay for a week to chill out and have a break. You really need some down time on long trips.

We got the fast ferry from Buenos Aires with Buquebus to Colonia del Sacramento. We spent 2 nights here in Hostel and Suites del Rio. A nice, clean and central hostel.

There’s not a huge amount to do here but you can go for a walk along the water front and check out the lighthouse for views, visit the markets, the old square and the city arch. It was raining while we were there, hence the lack of pics. (drowned rats!!)

We went to Colonia sandwich and coffee for quick, easy lunch and then we went to El Drugstore for dinner. The paella was so good!

Next, we were heading to Punta del Este. To get here, we had to get a bus to Montevideo and then onto Punta del Este. We booked with Cot Bus and the service was good and the buses were comfortable.

Punta del Este is a lovely seaside town and we literally just chilled out there for 3 days. It was perfect for good downtime. You can check out Playa Brava Beach, Playa Mansa Beach, the marina and the famous La Mano Sculpture.

We booked into Apartamentos Peninsula de Punta del Este. It had a pool and was in the centre of town. Gala Puerto Apartments are another option. We found them on booking.com

Then we were off to Montevideo for 2 nights. We booked with Cot Bus again.

We checked into Habemus Hostel. It was a 30 min walk from the centre and the beach.

On the first day, we rented bikes from the hostel and headed to the coast to Playa Ramirez. We cycled the whole way to the end of Playa Pocitos to the Montevideo sign. The beaches were so pretty, with amazing views and there was a cycle path pretty much the whole way. There are a lot of public parks around this area too.

We cycled back to Playa Ramirez and chilled out on the beach for sunset, with a cheeky Maccys!

The next morning, we headed to Plaza Independencia for, you guessed it, a free walking tour. We went with Curioso Tours. Our tour guide, Florencia, was really good and showed us around the old town. We went to Puerta de la Ciudadela, Plaza Independencia, Mausoleo de Artigas, Peatonal de Sarandi, Teatro Solís,Plaza de la Constitucion and many other stops. It was a good tour to get a feel for the city. The tour guide also gave us museum recommendations and food recommendations. (I’ll add the pics of those at the very end of this post.)

Plaza de independencia & Mausoleo de Artigas

We also went to the Meat market – Mercado del Puerto. There are a lot of restaurants here but it is a bit more expensive than other areas.

Top Tips:

  • Book your cot bus in advance online or else just go to the bus station. On some of our buses people had to stand.
  • Check out Punta del Diablo and Piriaopolis as other places in Uruguay.
  • It is quite an expensive country, especially for eating out. That’s why the apartment was perfect in Punta del Este, so we could cook a bit too.
  • We were craving different food and headed to Moksha Indian Restaurant . It wasn’t the most amazing Indian I’ve ever had but it was so nice to have a curry!
  • Parque Rodo is a good area for nightlife
  • Try some Uruguayan food – a chivito sandwhich or gramajo fries. So good!
  • Happy Travels,
  • Top Tip Traveller 🙂

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