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Montevideo to Colonia Valdense to Meet our Workaway Family

Sweet Maria and Ricardo, Superhosts of Airbnb in Montevideo

Today we leave Montevideo and our sweet Airbnb hosts who opened their rooftop Casita to us and their hearts. Maria and Ricardo alerted us that there would be a pop-up fruit and vegetable market the morning we were leaving. And sure enough, at 5:30 there were stands being erected just below the terrace.

Trucks full of fruits, vegetables and the vendor stands all showed up for the Tuesday pop-up market.
The terrace where we hung out and had meals the last 3 days.

Maria, Ricardo, Niles, Vivian, Gypsy and I packed the bags and kennel to the main street to flag a taxi. We had reserved an Uber but found that I had marked for “pm” rather than “am” on the app. Lord, planning is sometimes overrated. We flagged a super helpful taxi driver and got to the bus terminal with plenty of time. Gypsy has to ride in her kennel at all times in taxis and the long haul buses. Final hugs for Maria and Ricardo and we were off.

At the Tres Cruses estaciĆ³n waiting on our 2 hour bus trip.
Our destination is Colonia Valdense, Uruguay to be picked up by our host family through Workaway. We were accepted to stay with them to help around their farm and kitchen as well as do language exchange.
Niles and Gypsy on the terrace in Montevideo.
Our Casita in Montevideo.
The beach! Montevideo has several sandy beaches that are public. The sign says no dogs but, there were many….including Gypsy.
Walking tour of Montevideo. The better way to travel Montevideo is by bike or public bus but those were not an option with Gypsy.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Montevideo, Uruguay by Colonial Ferry and Bus

Saying “Goodbye” to Buneos Aires
Waiting outside the check in at the port. Paid: $151.19 for three, no cost for dog but is on the reservation.

Because port customs (vehicles arrived 13/10/2022, today is 10/28/2022) has been a very long process with the vehicles in Buenos Aires, we are splitting up today. Three to Uruguay to start the Workaway with Victoria and Mike to stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina to jump customs hoops. Our plan to get the vehicles to Uruguay will evolve after the vehicles are released to Mike.

The Port of linea Colonial Ferry: https://www.directferries.com/buenos_aires_colonia_del_sacramento_ferry.htm?&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KCQjw–2aBhD5ARIsALiRlwCjr5es54VFc9YL9VhCEPQHMqzte93OG0qdqzJaYttESKdkqfpe8FIaAhH5EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
We are EARLY! Our bags went through X-ray, we presented our tickets and passports to Argentinan customs then Uruguayan customs. Customs didn’t ask for papers or charge for our dog. There must be more checks on the other side? Spoiler, yes, there is.
Colonial schedule for today, 28/10/2022.
Waiting room at 7:52 for the ferry after customs for 8:30 am ferry.
Lots of space for the dog kennel and all the bags near free for all seating on ferry.
On deck with Gypsy
Walking towards customs on the Uruguay side
Customs officer swiped to check Gypsy’s chip, took our original Colombian Certificado de Salidad (we took photos of the QR code and papers). No fees, Gypsy entered Uruguay
Now, the bus ride, glad we brought the kennel! 2 hours to Montevideo by bus. She is not allowed in the passenger area. Not a happy dog as we walked away.
Lots of farmland, forests, family compounds along the road. From the bus, Uruguay looks like a tropical Montana. Wheat, sheep, cattle, family restaurants, churches, land and houses for sale, BIG open spaces. It’s good weather today, sunny, spring temperatures. Uruguay looks to be thriving at least from the view of this well kept coastal road.
View from the bus, every once in a while you can see the bay.

Next, posts from Montevideo!