On my last day in South America, I took a last minute day trip to Colonia, Uruguay – an hour ferry ride from Buenos Aires.
The trip to Colonia was a spur-of-the-moment decision made the night before I’d actually be going. I travelled to Colonia with a friend I had made on my Patagonian adventure, so the two of us made our booking with Buquebus online. We opted for the Colonia on Bike option which included round trip ferry tickets, lunch on board and bicycle rental for the day in Colonia. If you’re looking at doing this day trip, don’t forget to take your passport with you as you’re travelling internationally to Uruguay!
We left Buenos Aires early in the morning to make the most of the day (I was flying out of Buenos Aires to Sydney that same night so aimed to be back in the late afternoon to go to the airport). As we arrived, we picked up our bicycles, exchanged some cash into Uruguayan Pesos and then pedalled off to the cobblestone streets of Colonia.
One of the stops we made in Colonia was to head up to the top of the lighthouse. We paid a small fee (from memory I think it was around 20 Pesos) to check out the 360 degree view from the top.
After spending some time up at the lighthouse, we then wandered the streets by foot – wheeling our bikes in hand. We passed many washed stone walls that lined the cobblestone streets, and an ivy covered building which was just too photogenic to pass up a photo opp.
Before returning our bicycles and heading back to catch the ferry, we decided to go on one final pedal to the other side of town via some local markets to check out the abandoned bullring, Plaza de Toros. The cycle down was decent at length, but was completely cruisy with little traffic to worry about along the road that overlooked the Rio de la Plata. There was no way to access the bullring as it was all highly fenced off, but it was pretty cool to be able to cycle around it anyway.
All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend my last day in South America – especially as I had already gotten a few days in Buenos Aires at the beginning of my trip before heading down to Patagonia. If you find yourself in this part of the world, I definitely recommend considering a day trip to Colonia – it was quick, easy and you definitely don’t need more than a day to check it out. Bicycles were completely the way to go as well. Buquebus also offer another day trip to Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital. I didn’t get to do that this trip around, but perhaps something I’ll add to my list on my next South American jaunt!