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Location

This is an old city, founded by the Portuguese over 300 years ago, and sits in a priveliged position on the northern bank of the wide estuary of the River Plate, opposite Buenos Aires. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its narrow, cobbled streets and abundance of ancient buildings form an interesting city.

Clearance

Immigration and Customs is very easy and hassle free if clearing in at Colonia.

The Prefectura office is locatede next to the Buquebus terminal, about a 10-minute walk from Colonia yacht harbour. The friendly officials will process your paperwork for free in about 10 minutes, and your boat will then have 9 months to enjoy in Uruguay.

No other offices need to be visited.

When exiting the country, get a note from the marina showing your bills have been paid, and return to the same office, who will issue your Zarpe. The attitude everywhere is very welcoming and friendly.

Last updated February 2012.

Docking

The harbour here is relatively shallow. The whole delta, apart from the dredged channels, is shallow, rarely more than 4M.

The harbour has med-moorings with buoys along the rock wall jetty, and the wood pier have just been rebuilt with more of the same, for boats up to 50 feet.

All buoys in the harbour were replaced in early 2012.

Electricity (220v) and water is available at each mooring on the jetty and the wood pier. There are also mooring balls (borneos) available, which cost half the price (e.g. 16m yacht for 2 months is US$575).

Water taxi is available on VHF 21, and costs Uruguay 35 pesos round trip, which is less than US$2.

The marina is very safe, and many foreign yachts are left there for extended periods unattended, even more so now that Argentina is less friendly to cruisers.

Last updated February 2012.

Omar Sanchez
Omar Sanchez says:
Dec 13, 2017 05:18 PM

Near to Colonia, Uruguay, Canal Martín García, sunken tugboat, now with small isolated danger buoy, white light with flashes.
Official notice to the navigators and position:
AVUR Nº: 0795.17 - RIO DE LA PLATA
CANALES A MARTIN GARCIA - PROXIMIDADES PASO DEL FARALLON
HUNDIDO EN 34º29.468' S 057º56.568' W REMOLCADOR B/R (PY) " GF TACUARY".
SEÑALIZADO CON UN BOYARIN PELIGRO AISLADO, DE LUZ BLANCA A DESTELLOS.
See: http://media.ultimahora.com/adjuntos/161/imagenes/007/551/0007551346.jpg
Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc.

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