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“Vast, muddy and chock full of nature....”
Review of Rio de la Plata

Rio de la Plata
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Small-Group Sailing Tour in Buenos Aires
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“Vast, muddy and chock full of nature....”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

This body of water holds the enormous end flow of two rivers, the Uruguay River and the Paraná River. Argentina lies across the estuary and to us a ferry across would probably be a much shorter trip than the drive form Montevideo.

Silt carried into this wide ‘plate’ does make the water a muddy colour, not surprising, as it’s the second largest draining basin in South America. Even though expansive in size we cruised into and out of Montevideo, through a rather narrow channel – had a close call with a freighter that had the dishes in the buffet tumbling over!!

Even that bit of drama could not keep us from looking for Loggerhead, Green Sea & Leatherback Sea Turtles, the rare La Plata Dolphin and river birds. So what seems to be only shipping lanes is chock full of nature.This is something to experience from both the reedy shoreline at Colonia del Sacramento with its historical old town or on the water where you see just how vast it really is!

Enjoy your experience too!

Visited February 2013
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“beautiful view”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

beautiful view. Looks like the ocean but it´s a river. You can take nice pictures. you can go to this city by bus from Montevideo or by ship from Montevideo or Buenos Aires. You can go in the morning and come back in the evening. It´s cheap and beautiful. Many options for eating.

Visited February 2013
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“Huge river ...”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

The river is huge (I remember it taking like 1 hour to cross in the ferry from Buenos Aires) ... but it is nice to sit down by and chill out when in Colonia ... especially if you want to get away from the tourists which tend to gather in the town above it and the museums ...

Really cool.

Visited May 2013
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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“The River of the Silver”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

That's the literal translation from Spanish to English, and since the Spanish named the river in the first place, I suppose it's also the correct name for it. However, for those of you who wish to call it the River Plate, go ahead, but don't let a Uruguayan catch you saying that!
Being kind of technically at the end of an immense river delta, kind of like a giant Mississippi River,the water is a beautiful murky brown up close. However, if seen from afar, it looks a bit like a sea of sorts. Blue and beautiful. On occasion, you can see why the Rio de la Plata got its name. If the sun is just right, and the waters are calm, the sea looks like its made entirely of silver, glittering like a single sheet of precious metal extending towards the horizon. It's not too common, but when it happens, it's an amazing sight.
That being said, it's not the best place to take a swim, due to the heavy sediment and overall contamination. You can bathe in the waters of course, most of us locals do from time to time, but you'll come out a slightly darker shade of your original skin tone.
Finally, it truly is breathtaking to watch the sun set over the river. It seems to simply melt into the waters, and for a moment, if you look hard enough, you can clearly spot the silhouette of Buenos Aires on the faraway sister shore.
All in all, it's a wonderful thing to see, and it's constantly surrounding you if you're in Colonia del Sacramento. It's just not as amazing as, let's say, the Atlantic along Southeast Florida, especially when it comes to clarity and bathing. But its still worth a visit, especially if you want to simply watch the sunset with your special someone.

Visited January 2013
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“Incredibly Large and Very Brown!”
Reviewed 12 March 2013

We crossed the Rio de la Plata by Ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia de Sacramento, Uraguay. It was like a sea - so wide you could not see the other side. It was also very brown (supposedly from sediment created by erosion in Brazil).

Visited February 2013
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