Traveling Back in Time in Colonia del Sacramento

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Our first stop in Uruguay was Colonia del Sacramento, both because, this is where the boat arrives, and because as is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay, it is renowned for its historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All in all, it seemed to be the perfect place to relax for a day and ease into Uruguayan culture.

Colonia is much smaller than I expected it to be, especially coming from Rosario and Buenos Aires. The Barrio Histórico is just a few cobblestone streets built by the Portuguese in the 17th century around the tree-lined Plaza Mayor, but it’s charming—in a way that cities like Antigua or Granada are. You feel like you stepped into another world, the streets are quiet, the façades colourful and everything is picturesque. Old cars and murals add to the “time travel” feeling, and for all I knew, I could have been in Italy, Spain or Portugal.

The rest of the city is more “normal”, with several long main streets, a fútbol stadium (there was a fairly important game the night we were here), parilla restaurants and souvenir shops. Still, despite the influx of tourists from both Brazil and Argentina, Colonia was less tacky than I thought it would be, which is a good thing.

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Colonia

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Río de la Plata

Colonia

Colonia

Funky Pedestrian Crossing Sign

Funky Pedestrian Crossing Sign

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Stormy Sunset on Colonia

Football Game

Football Game

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6 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures, I’ve been really enjoying this trip with you guys and appreciate the effort of you taking the time to share your experience with us here. As someone else already said I can’t stop thinking what a FANTASTIC little adventure this must be for your little boy, I’m sure when he grows up this trip will be one of his favorite childhood memories. Have fun and thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for following us! I hope Mark will have good memories of his trips. Sometime I feel bad, I hope it isn’t too much for him… but again, he learns so much about the world!

  2. Thanks for the sailboat pics!! You’re not missing anything here. -18 currently with a windchill of -29. Stay where you are!

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