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Uruguay Questions for Nov 09 South America Trip

Old Oct 30th, 2009, 09:40 AM
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Uruguay Questions for Nov 09 South America Trip

My husband and I will be traveling in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay for 2 weeks in November. We are planning on taking the ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia, and then continuing on to Punta and Montevideo. Few questions:

We are not staying overnight in Colonia (sightseeing for 1/2 day), where should we store our luggage why we tour around. Are there lockers at the bus stop, or any other suggestions?

We want to stay somewhere around Punta for two days to relax on the beach and play some tennis. Any hotel suggestions? Our budget is $100-150 a night. Can you rent raquets and balls in Punta or do we need to bring our own?

We will be taking the bus from Colonia to Montevideo and then renting a car to drive to Punta. Where is the best place to rent a car from the bus terminal in Montevideo?

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Old Oct 30th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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A few considerations, I am almost sure there is a luggage deposit in the Port terminal where the Buque bus ferry arrives. You should Buquebus and check with them.
To call real cheap to Argentina and Uruguay buy a phone card called LLAMADA DIRECTA, can be bought in the internet or in some shops depending where you live.
Calls are very inexpensive costing 1 cent /minute to Argentina, but also you can use your SKYPE phone which charges a little more, to URuguay is more expensive. ( Remember Uruguay is almost a socialist country and all services belong to the State, they have a monopoly that is why most services are more expensive in URuguay. The State is a bad administrator , ALWAYS)

In spite of these considerations it is a lovely country to visit specially in Summer time.
btw NOvember it is not yet Summer so you will find places with less people and probably it will be too cold for going swimming. But if you like to play tennis,as a I do, it will be ideal.
Tennis courts can be rented by the hour in Punta, you have to find out where. All or 99% or courts are red clay. They are the best at least for me.
I do not think you can rent tennis raquets and even less balls. Have to take your own, you can of course buy balls but they are expensive down there in comparison with us prices.
Unless you talk with a tennis teacher, you might take a cheap lessor, and in turn he might lend you some raquets....that is nor for sure....
You mean you wish to stay in Punta right? Sleeping around means no sense because being in the Low Season you would be able to get good rates. Look in places like Orbitz and see what they can offer. Having a car will make no difference.If you have a question with specific places post them and if I can I shall help.
You should be able to get something fine for that money because you are visiting in LOW SEASON big difference in prices.
One thing the ferry, Buquebus sells the ferry ticket to Colonia and also the bus ticket from Colonia to Montevideo. Of course they charge a lot more than a regular bus ticket between
Colonia and Montevideo. Is taking the regular bus versus the Ferrytour one worth it >? Probably not because we are talking of little money, also Ferrytour buses leave from the port terminal and are nicer, the regular buses leave from the Bus Terminal located a few blocks away in Colonia, they arrive to the same terminal en Montevideo. Called Terminal Tres Cruces. As I said probably it is not worth the travel to switch. Good luck.
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Old Oct 30th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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I mean you can call Buquebus on the phone or e mail them.
Try tis phone
Bs AS Argentina o11 54 114316 6500 if they are no t sure they can give you the Colonia phone number.
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I think there are elections in URuguay on NOv 29, probably ferry bus will be kind of full on that date.
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When you get to the Colonia, you can store your luggage in the bus terminal. There are lockers that I used one time, but they are not very big. Just go into the coffee shop to the right of the ticket booths, and they will store your luggage for a small price.
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Graziella and Marty thanks for your help!

Few questions, the two hotels we are looking at are Punta del Este Barradas Parque Hotel or Hotel Alhambra. One of them is on the peninsula and the other is a bit further away. We will have a car, but enjoy walking to dinner and walking around where are hotel is. Which location would be better for us based on this?

How close is the car rental place in Montevideo to Terminal Tres Cruces? Any recommendations for getting a cheap rental in Montevideo?

Marty - did you store your luggage as the Buquebus bus terminal or the other bus terminal?

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Hello Marit, I am not familiar with those two hotels. I looked in the internet and I am going to explain as much as possible were they are located, but you could look for yourself with one of the www that pin point address.
The Alhambra is more of a city hotel, it is located in the tip of the peninsula, in downtown Punta, where you have regular streets, sidewalks, shops etc and people walking like in any town. During the season it is very crowded and noisy in Nov in low season it will be ok. From there you can walk to a cafe or shop. The Barradas, who was a great Uruguayan painter, is located in Parada 9 on the side of the Playa Mansa meaning the calm beach. Let me explain the peninsula has two sides one with calmer beaches called Playa Mansa that is where is your hotel, the other side is called Playa Brava because there the beach has more waves. You will see beautiful sunsets from the place your hotel is located.
Paradas are like a mark, each one separated , I am guessing like some three blocks, not sure. They start from 0 in the downtown area, and go along the Playa Mansa, 1, 2...etc your hotel would be in Parada 9, you will like to drive going into town. No problem in that time of the year because you can park free on most streets and you are bound to find parking space with no difficulty. I would stay there, because it is more Punta than the other one, they say the restaurant is open all year, ok., if not you take the car and in 10 minutes max you will be in the Punta or in any other place. You wish to go to a cafe or shopping ok. again drive there in ten minutes max and park in the street.
If the weather helps you , you can walk by the sea shore, you can ride bicycles and they have free ones, having a car there is NO problem. THe Casino in the big hotel Conrad is in Parada 2, that is between the downtown and your hotel. There I believe they have shows most year, several restaurants open all year etc, you are 5 minutes away with your car.
I think the baggage deposit is in the Terminal of Buquebus in the Port in Colonia.
From TRes Cruces to pick up your car, take a taxi, there is a long line there, but if you prefer , better cars, take a remise , they are in a little booth, out side, kind of the middle between both ways of the driveway. You approach them, ask for a car, to the girl in the booth, she tells you how much, you pay her, and the car drives you. No tip necessary. I would take the remise is better. I always do take remises, it is flat rate, they are honest and in Uruguay , taxis sometimes are not very clean and have something I hate , which is a thick glass screen between the driver and pax. Crazy.
A REMISE is a licenced car, with a driver , that charges a rate by kilometer.
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