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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento December 28th 2004

To ease our return to regular backpacking we decided to stop off in Colonia on our way back to Buenos Aires. We got a late bus from Punta del Este and checked in to a little hotel on the outskirts of Colonia for the night. Exploring Colonia Next day we set off to explore Colonia. It is a really pretty little place with tree-lined cobbled streets and colonial buildings. It was founded by the Portuguese in 1680 but lost to the Spanish a century later. We visited the local tourist information office where we got a walking tour of the town. This started at the local church and led us to a drawbridge entrance through the old wall of the town. Inside, the old town is full of pretty colonial buildings with red tiled roofs. The ... read more
El Faro (The Lighthouse)
View from the lighthouse
Cobbled streets of Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 22nd 2003

Geo: -34.4771, -57.8386Off early; met guide. Into van and off to Colonia del Sacramento. Stopped for a coffee first. Next, we stopped at a small, "artisan" winery to view the process, taste their product. I was not wild about any of the wines, but we bought one we liked best. Really enjoyed Colonia del Sacramento, a protected UNESCO site. Architecture is quite interesting; loved the courtyards in many of the houses. Saw the Avenue of Sighs, where slaves were brought from the sea to the market during colonial times. WE didn't have a lot of time in Colonia, but we enjoyed what we had.On the way back, we stopped for a delicious lunch at a dairy farm. When we arrived, we saw this huge spread and assumed it must be for a large tour group ... ... read more
Colonia
Colonia
Street of Sighs




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