I was only able to buy a bus ticket from Colonia to Montevideo.
None of the companies in Colonia provided connecting service to Punta del Este. I would have to connect in Montevideo.
The plan: Once I arrived in Montevideo I would need to buy that onward ticket to Punta del Este, where I would spend one night before continuing onward to the smaller, off the beaten track, beach towns I had read about.
Let me rewind a moment. Everything I had heard about ‘Punta’ was enough to tell me to avoid it and I wasn’t planning on making it a destination on this trip. But…
1 – I didn’t want to travel so long that I would arrive somewhere in the dark
2 – A few hours on a bus gets me an extra stop in the country than making the trip in one shot
3 – It was a Friday and I could stop in a lively, touristy town
With that said, I convinced myself that Punta seemed like a good place to stop for the night.