Colonia del Sacramento is an extremely picturesque Uruguayan coastal town just one hour away from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata. We only visited Colonia for two days, as it’s quite small, but we adored it. It may be a stones throw from the bustle of Buenos Aires, and only a few hours from Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, but it’s a far cry from modern metropolitan life. Made up of a winding grid of cobbled streets, Colonia’s old town is full of little cafes, beautiful 18th century houses and seaside restaurants. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the ex-smuggler town is a photographer’s dream. We spent the two days wandering the old streets and sitting outside drinking coffee or beer and watching the world go by. One sunny afternoon we rented bicycles and cycled along the 3km stretch of beach (stopping for churro son the way back, didn’t want to be too healthy!) I have never in my life seen a better sunset anywhere else in the world than I did later that day. The best way to describe Colonia is through pictures, so here are a few I took on our short stay.
Anyone visiting Buenos Aires should at least take a day trip to Colonia. You could see most of what there is to see in three or four hours, allowing plenty of time to get a table in a bar by the sea ready to watch the epic sunset (I don’t usually like using the word epic, but here I think it’s appropriate).