On Thursday, we got up early and were ready when Ricardo (the Regional Office driver) picked us up promptly at 6:15 to drive us to downtown Buenos Aires to the Buquebus station. We got there early (because, going any later, we might have been at the mercy of morning traffic) so we asked about the boarding procedures before heading to the coffee shop for café con leche and medialunas (“half-moon” croissants). We watched lines of people who were there to catch the earlier, faster ferry that would cross the Rio Plata (River Plate) in about an hour. (We went through Customs, getting our passport stamped by Uruguayan officials even before we went!) We boarded the ship Eladia Isabel a little later, along with several hundred others (and quite a few cars on the lowest level) and found seats in the large room for “First Class” passengers for our 3-hour trip. After numerous announcements in Spanish and English, we “set sail” at about 9:30. Our area was on the second passenger level (with reclining, comfortable seats and lots of leg room) and there were 2 more levels above that – the more expensive seats, and the upper deck which was open and included a snack bar and lots of benches for enjoying the windy trip!
You can see many more photos of this neat little town in the slideshow we have place on the right sidebar.