We leave the pretty town of Fray Bentos, ecstatic to be free! A short 4 hour bus ride later and we are in the picturesque little town of Colonia del Sacramento!
I am very pleased that we stumbled upon this historic town. The old Historical quarter was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1995.
The cobbled streets and Old Portuguese architecture is a must see when you are in the area! A very laid back town with friendly people and good river beaches. They also sell the best sandwich in the history of sandwiches in this town. Eating a Chivito from a street car in Colonia is a rite of passage for every visitor. A chivito is a sandwich stacked with lettuce, onions, steak, tomato, en egg, cheese, some ham and every cook’s unique spicy sauce – a traditional Uruguayan meal, could be used as 2 meals if you are not very hungry.
We stayed in a marvellous hostel, Sur hostel – see images here. Owned by Nacho and Martin, two 28 year old Uruguay natives who met in Ireland years ago during an exchange program. Check out their website here. I had a chance to sit down with Nacho and talk to him about all the wonderful things in the world. We drink Mate- pronounced ma-tay – and chat the afternoon away. (More about Mate later..) We figure out that we have a lot in common and organise that we stay with him and his friends for the coming weekend in the Capital, Montevideo.
Colonia is definitely something to see when in Uruguay. It is also the best way to get to Buenos Aires by ferry, something to keep in mind when in this area of the world.
This much needed break and escape from volunteering was exactly what the karma doctor ordered. If we didn’t have such an awful time with Mr F in Fray Bentos we never would’ve met Nacho. Everything happens for a reason..
This is definitely a town I would like to visit again in the future.
Check out more beautiful images of Colonia in the Gallery.
Off to the Capital!