I know, Uruguay – who goes there? That’s what I thought when MM#1 Fan said we were going there of a day trip. There are only so many day trips out of Buenos Aires worth exploring and Colonia came highly recommended so we bought ferry tickets on Colonia Express and explored this cute little seaside town.
The whole town of Colonia del Sacramento is compact and walkable. You can also rent a car or a buggy for the day, but its cobblestoned streets are best explored on foot. Since we went in winter time Colonia felt like a sleepy town, even though the temps and winter aren't like ours – not only were the only locals we saw the shop owners, but we kept running into the same people over and over again. But I could totally picture Colonia being the quaintest little town in the summer with its the cobblestone streets, Portuguese influence, colorful shops, and the abundance of trees and florals that blanket the buildings and line the streets in the right season. One of our waitress said it just burst with color in the spring and summer. Once there we first had a relaxing sip of cafe con leche at one of the cafes. The rest of the day was spent admiring the architecture, the little old world cafes and looked at the handsome mens.With the oldest streets in Uruguay, dating back to the early 1680’s, the town gives a much different feel than that of the lively neighbor to the West.Above all, you get to peacefully enjoy the historic atmosphere of the streets, which can transport you back to a time from centuries ago. So much different then here in America. I also noticed a lot of dogs lounging about unlike the cats in the cemetery in Buenos Aires. Not to mention they seemed to have a lot of vintage cars....one even had a tree growing out of it.
Take a trek on up the Lighthouse steps for about $2.50 in our dollars for some beautiful views of the town.
A short distance from the city will allow you to check out an old ,and Uruguay’s only, bullfighting ring, which was abandoned only 2 years after being constructed when Uruguay banned bullfighting back in 1912. Olay!
The perfect way to finish the day is by having dinner and drinks in the quaint eateries. Enjoy your drinks and dinner in full relaxation mode. We had the best empanadas I ever had, and they served the red wine in jam like glasses.
Take in the fresh air & quiet atmosphere, do some people watching, and watch the sun close out the day before heading back to the ferry
So glad we went, who knew I'd be in two countries this trip?