Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Depending how you see it, you either cross the widest river in the world or the marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean. Colonia del Sacremento sits across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires.

A short walk after stepping off the ferry you enter historic Colonia via drawbridge. A friendly stray dog greeted us a few blocks away and accompanied us through most of our tour! Enrique was a nice surprise – I named all the stray animals.

Colonia del Sacremento is a designated World Heritage site by UNESCO. We wish we had more than a few hours here. The highlight of our trip was our cab driver Mauricio. He didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak Spanish. We hired him to take us to the bull ring. We didn’t expect him to wait for us and soon understood why he did. The sights we wanted to see outside the historic area are a little far apart and there are no taxis driving around. He became our 2nd tour guide of the day. He even gave us a tour of St. Benetito Church! Didn’t even have to ask. Even though we had trouble communicating he always tried. He turned on the lights in the church and pointed to pictures showing and dates. When our tour ended Mauricio drove us back to the historic center along the most scenic areas of Colonia.

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