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Colonia or Colonia del Sacramento (to give it its full name) is a small and scenic place on the southern coast of Uruguay, on the banks of the River Plate. As the name suggests it is a colonial settlement, founded by the Portuguese, and it is now a world heritage site.

Colonia was the second last stop in our South America trip 2005, we stayed here for a night after getting the bus from Montevideo, and before getting the fast boat to Buenos Aires across the River Plate. I felt very relaxed in Colonia, it was a really chilled out place and very nice for taking photos in. Aside from chilling out, we also hired scooters and a golf cart, all the better to explore the old streets of the town.

Coches viejos

Aging vehicles seemed to be a feature of Colonia, adding to the rustic feel of the place.

A little out of town we came across this beach, with the mist rolling in.

La playa

Mas coches viejos

Some more old vehicles and a cafe. We had heard that there was in fact a place which combined the two, and you could eat your lunch sitting in a 1930s gangster car, but we didn't find it.

The picturesque streets are great for postcards.

La calle

La calle

A single light hanging over the damp cobbles made for a nice photo.

Slightly eerie green glow from these lamps gave an interesting effect...

La calle


On our way down to the ferry terminal to catch the catamaran to bustling Buenos Aires, we left behind the tranquility of Colonia, Uruguay.

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