Montevideo vs Colonia ?

Old Apr 28th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Just as a point, it's not a visa fee, it's a departure tax. Doesn't matter if your passport is US, UK, Argentine, or anywhere else (except, I think, Uruguayans don't have to pay). Everyone pays the tax, and the same amount to leave Uruguay via boat, and a higher amount to leave via plane. Most South American countries have a departure tax when leaving, so it's not unusual.

Regardless, some of us like the place, obviously more than others.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 05:44 PM
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I took the fast Buquebus ferry from BA to Colonia, spent the night in Colonia, decided that it wasn't for me, woke up the next morning & took the bus to Montevideo. I liked Montevideo & had a good time at night in the Bacacay.

I went to Colonia because everybody I talked to raved about it. I was in Antigua, Guatemala two months prior to the trip & was expecting something similiar. In my opinion, although I haven't been to many "colonial" Latin America towns, Antigua, Guatemala was one of the nicest I have visited.

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Old May 26th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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I flew to Montevideo and was walking around the city before 9am. I spent a full day there and left around 6pm.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 04:55 PM
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Still don't know much about Montevideo, but Colonia is good for 2 hours of strolling and some in a restaurant. Pretty. Also pretty dead this time of year. Nice respite though.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 04:58 PM
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Oh and, for me at least there was no departure tax, unless they baked it into the ticket price.
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 01:18 AM
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Hi, apparently there are two competing companies. The only one I have used so far is Buquebus.
They offer one fast one slow boat to Colonia.

The tax is called a Port Tax, believe it or not Uruguayans are charged more than anybody else. Because they have to pay for TWO taxes. Only Uruguayans. Uruguay is a socialist country, with a Republican system. Uruguayans should be used to pay more than other people, for instance telephone, and electricity both services a Government monopoly are among the MOST expensive in the world.
It is a real burden for the Uruguayan citizens, the State Companies have tons of employees that
translate in exhorbitant telephone and electrcity fares....I find it real sad.
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