We spent 2 nights in Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay, the oldest city in Uruguay influenced by both the Spanish and Portuguese. Most tourists spend only a day here. Since we had 2 nights, we had plenty of time to explore.
On our first evening, we walked a few blocks from our hotel to the Rio de la Plata (pictured above). Colonia del Sacramento is only 40 kilometers away from Buenos Aires. It was cold and windy so we headed back to the town center where I spotted this store that sold mate bags, cups and thermoses in every color. So cool… I wanted one. But due to long term traveling, I’d rather not carry extra stuff.
Next, at our hotel there was the famous Upside-Down Map painting by Joaquín Torres-García, a Uruguayan artist, on the window. This painting can be found on t-shirts and magnets in souvenir stores.
Since Colonia is the oldest city, obviously there’s a lot of old buildings. This is one of them that I took during our walking tour.
All photos in this post were taken in Colonia’s center. This bullring however was not and has its own story, you can read about it here: Bullring in Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay.
After our 7 kilometer walk to the bullring, we walked even more by climbing the over 100 stairs up the faro (lighthouse) to get a view of Colonia del Sacramento. For about $1, you can get a view of the city. We were able to see the skyline of Buenos Aires from the lighthouse!
We didn’t have any good eating experiences in Colonia. Don’t go to Restaurant Punta Piedra. We wanted to order meat from their parrilla so our waiter told us they would have it at 8 pm which was in a few minutes. We agreed to wait. 20 minutes after 8 pm we were told they weren’t going to use their parrilla. So we ended up having to order other random things. Their service wasn’t good either and a fly landed in my sauce and drowned in it. Yeah, gross.
Lastly after dinner the streets were very quiet because a lot of tourists visit from Buenos Aires just for a few hours and leave in the evening. And while walking back to our hotel I got a shot of the pink, yellow and blue sky.
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