Colonia del Sacramento, with its cobblestone streets and Portuguese-influenced barrios, is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay. Dating back to 1680, Colonia’s historic quarter is now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The lighthouse, which was first used in 1857, looms over the old town.
Walking the cobblestone streets is like being transported back to the 18th century. Not wanting to leave out a single street, we zig-zagged across the old town district before heading to the lighthouse. After a short climb up the spiral staircase, we emerged at the lighthouse lookout. We were presented with a 360 view overlooking the old town- which we had walked extensively- and the expansive Río de la Plata that surrounds the city on three sides. If you time it right, you can watch the passenger ships sailing by, carrying passengers to and from the nearby Buenos Aires.
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. 2012.