Located directly across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, is steeped in history. Built primarily by the Portuguese, the style of houses, and cobblestoned streets, are reminiscent of old Lisbon. The winding streets and colorful houses are a delight to explore. The historic quarter, Barrío Historico, sits on a small peninsula jutting out into the river, was named a UNESCO heritage site in 1995. Travelers stop to enjoy the excellent restaurants, arts and crafts shops, museums, and the scenic harbor, or sit at one of the cafes and savor a cup of Yerba mate, Uruguay's drink of choice.
There are beautiful five star hotels and spa's as well as charming colonial style boutiques. Colonia can easily be linked with the rest of Uruguay it's neighbors, Argentina and Brazil, or other South American destinations.