A Few Hours in Historic Colonia del Sacramento

Our family of four crossed the wide, brown Rio de la Plata by ferry from Buenos Aires to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.

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There are two Buquebus (ferry) options that depend on your time and/or money – fast (1 1/2 hours) or slow (3 hours).

We had tickets for the slow boat – the seats were very comfortable, we all had our electronics, and there were snacks and coffee on board, so time passed pleasantly.

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From the ferry terminal it was a short shaded walk to Colonia del Sacramento’s historic district.

We had only a few hours to explore before boarding our bus to Montevideo.

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The homes are colorful like the local flowers.

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We struck up a conversation with a waiter who lived a few years in our home state of California and he compared the vibe of Uruguay to California in the 1950s.

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Colonia del Sacramento was founded by the Portuguese in 1680 and it sits strategically on a rocky point on the north shore of Rio de la Plata.

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Portón de Campo, the City Gate

The town has a turbulent history, with the Portuguese at Colonia del Sacramento and the Spanish across the river in Buenos Aires battling for dominance in the region.

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Now, the town’s small historic quarter is an oasis of beauty and calm.

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The lighthouse is built next to the ruins of a 17th century convent.

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Spanish moss reminds me of Florida.

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We saw lots of classic cars while in Uruguay.

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After lunch we poked around a few artsy shops.

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It was a lovely afternoon.

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On to Montevideo!

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