During our recent trip to Buenos Aires, we took a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, traveling on an early morning ferry ride.
We passed the Puerto Madero neighborhood as the boat pulled away from harbor for the 75 minute ride across the Río de la Plata.
Colonia was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese and its historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before becoming part of an independent Uruguay in 1828, Colonia changed hands at least ten times as a result of various wars and treaties between Portugual, Spain and even Brazil.
When we arrived in Colonia, we went on an hourlong guided walking tour through the town, seeing old and brightly-colored colonial buildings lining the cobblestone streets.
Crossing over a wooden drawbridge, we passed through Portón de Campo, the old gate to the city.
We saw the town lighthouse.
We visited Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, the town’s church, built by the Portuguese in 1808.
Patrick had fun with Mimi (our friends’ daughter) and fun with Daddy.
After lunch we rented golf carts and drove around the town.
Despite a little rain, the boys loved it!
We saw La Plaza de Torros, the town’s old bull fighting ring.
In the late afternoon, we boarded the ferry back to Buenos Aires and Brian and I enjoyed a beer that shares a name with my mom. Danny fell asleep in my lap for an hour and Patrick watched a movie on the iPad. An enjoyable ferry ride for all!