From Buenos Aires it was time to make our way over to Uruguay, we did this by catching an hour-long ferry from the city port over to the cute town that is Colonia Del Sacramento, or Colonia for short. Many people say you only need a day to see this small town but we decided to stay for two nights and really immerse ourselves in the quiet streets and relaxed vibes.
Old Town Colonia
As soon as we arrived we instantly fell in love with the colourful facades and cobblestone streets that make Colonia the adorable town that it is. It was like stepping back in time and the old cars that lined the streets really added to this feeling.
We stayed right in the old town of Colonia which made it easy for us to spend our first day wandering the streets and taking it all in. There are a few historic buildings, a lighthouse and plenty of museums to be discovered. Among the cute buildings were countless cafes and restaurants and it would be quite easy to eat your way around old town.
Thankfully, due to it being off season the town was nice and quiet and not overrun with tourists which certainly added to the nice chilled coastal town feel of it. Over the two days that we were here we had plenty of time to see it all and we became familiar with the streets quite quickly.
Coastal walk of Colonia
On the morning of our second day we decided to head out of old town and do a walk that took us along 6kms of coastline. It was a beautiful walk and it seemed like a popular thing to do among the locals. We found it funny to see that most of the locals took their yerba mate cups and a flask of hot water on the walk with them. Mate is a popular type of tea here in Uruguay and Argentina, upon tasting it we discovered that it has a bitter taste and reminds me a bit of green tea.
After walking the length of the coast that the walk took us on, we turned off and found a large structure called the Real de San Carlos. It was medieval in design and time had clearly taken its toll on the building as it was crumbling in some sections. It felt really out of place compared to the other buildings of Colonia and it was completely deserted other than some stray dogs. Unfortunately it was fenced off so we were unable to go inside but it looked like a large stadium or colosseum like structure. From here, we turned around and continued back along the coastal walk towards old town Colonia.
A taste of Dulce de Leche
Now that we had arrived in Uruguay we couldn’t help but notice a spread called Dulce de Leche everywhere. This caramel tasting spread is essentially just sweetened milk that is heated slowly until it becomes the paste like consistency that it is. Our hostel had it as a part of the breakfast assortment so we were able to try it here and it was easy to see why the locals love it. While I did enjoy it I think it was probably a bit too sweet for me and its not something I could have a lot of. We were later told jokingly by a local that we wouldn’t be able to leave Uruguay unless we had tried it, clearly they are very proud of this delicacy.
When our two days in Colonia came to an end we were sad to leave the cute little town that had become so homely. But at the same time I was also really excited to see more of Uruguay, which I was already loving as a country. From here our next destination was the capital city, Montevideo, where we would be stopping on our way to another coastal destination, Punta Del Este.
More pictures of the gorgeous old town:
From the coastal walk: