Day 29 - Colonia, Uruguay
Trip Start Sep 23, 2013
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We take for granted how easy it is to withdraw money in the western world. In Argentina, high levels of inflation strengthen the American dollar but in a bid to keep dollars in circulation, the government places a low limit on the amount that Argentinians can withdraw. The result is a black market where street dealers exchange highly sought-after dollars for pesos at a rate beneficial to tourists; at the moment you can get almost twice as many pesos for your money than if you withdrew it from a bank. So how do you get the dollars in the first place? The answer - Uruguay.
So today we jumped on a ferry to Uruguay with the aim of getting enough dollars to last us our time in Argentina and see the beautiful town of Colonia. After visiting about 4 different banks we finally had enough dollars and were able to do some sightseeing. Accompanied by Sean, we walked the cobbled streets and climbed the steps of the lighthouse where we admired the views across the colonial town. We've seen some pretty incredible sunsets over the course of our adventure but the sight of the sun setting over Buenos Aires is a hot contender for first place. It was so good in fact that it wasn't even spoilt by the enormous nose bleed I had during the experience.
For more practical tips on withdrawing money in Argentina, see Kelly's post on sensingsouthamerica.com