One Day in Uruguay

Nearly at the end of our two week stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina (we’ll catch you up on this later), Lila and I took a day trip to the peaceful little city of Colonia, Uruguay. One hour on a ferry (catch the “fast” boat) that departs from BA’s Puerto Madero and you’re gliding across South America’s second widest, and most likely brownest, river, the Rio de la Plata. Like a giant chocolate colored sea, the river was originally named “plata”, or silver, because the Spanish thought that there was a treasure of silver to be found here, which they found out later wasn’t really the case at all.

Colonia Pier

Colonia Pier

Once on the Uruguayan shore we were greeted by a beautiful river side town seemingly lost in time. More tree lined streets, old churches, a lighthouse, and a multitude of lazy afternoon cafes, and you can see why Colonia is a frequent retreat for busy Portenos (as the Buenos Aires people are known). After two weeks in the BA hustle, we also understood why Colonia makes for the perfect escape.

Colonia Lighthouse

Colonia Lighthouse

A wonderful day of strolling, eating, more wine, and general lounging, left us wanting to know more about Uruguay, South America’s third smallest country, but alas it was time to re-board the ferry and head back to our temporary home in Argentina.

You can view all of our Uruguay photos here.

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