On line there are hardly any hostels to stay at especially at the weekends because a lot of Argentines go to Uruguay for the weekend. We started to panic a bit but hedged our bets on a hostel that didn’t have any reviews called Sur Hostel, and it paid off. It had only been open for 5 days when we got there and had been full every night. Bernado and Nikko who run it also said that they could have filled it twice over everynight if they had had the extra beds which they had ordered but not received. It is really well situated on the corner of Rivadavia just outside the old town and a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal. The rooms were really big and not crammed at all like some dorms that we’d been in and the communal space was good too. It was a bit more expensive than normal for us but we knew that Uruguay wasn’t going to be cheap. We paid 360 pesos per person per night (30 pesos =£1) and it included breakfast too.
One night Bernardo and Nikko put on an Asado (BBQ) for everyone and it was amazing! There was a huge chunk of meat that took about 3 hours to cook and it was perfect. There were loads of veggies and churrizo sausage and really fresh bread, plenty for everyone. Again everything was cooked so slowly and definitely worth the wait!!
And we found a beer named after Grandma!!
The only downside to the hostel was that they were a little disorganised but that’s only because they had just opened. They didn’t have any lockers, but were waiting on them to be delivered, and not all the locks on the bedroom doors worked but they got a locksmith out straight away.
Colonial itself has a lovely old town and is a Unesco World Heritage site. Most of it is pedestrianised along the cobbled lanes.
It feels quite Spanish here with it’s colonial style white washed houses with shutters on the windows. The Puerto Viejo (Old Port) is now full of nice yachts and has a lovely old light house too.
There is a restaurant called El Drugstore which is set off one of the cobbled squares and has a few really old cars set on the road which have obviously been there for ages with grass and trees growing inside them. One of them has been turned into a really cosy table for 2!!
The next part of the trip was really tricky to decide on. We wanted to go up the coast through Montevideo and through to Brazil but a combination of things made us change our minds. It is their summer holidays so everywhere is busy and mostly full and also hikes up the prices enormously. And in fact our decision to go inland through Uruguay and up to Iguazu Falls instead was probably the best decision considering. But we were really disappointed that this meant that we weren’t going to Rio on this trip. So with a lot of help from Bernado we organised a few days at an Estancia called El Silencio…….