Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia's old town section in Uruguay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning it is considered to have "outstanding universal value." Founded in the late 17th century by Portuguese settlers, Colonia is some 45 miles across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. It takes an hour to get there by high speed ferry; amazing when you consider you're crossing a river. The original settlement is a small enough area to cover entirely by foot. We liked it because it's laid back and quiet, seemingly unknown to most travelers. Very old buildings have been repurposed into shops, restaurants and museums; eight small museums, to be exact, including one that displays theater costumes (above). The rocky shoreline attracts amateur photographers fascinated with pooled water and algae.

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