To be honest, we didn’t spend enough time in Uruguay to get a real feel for it, but our one night in Colonia was enough for us to realize how charming the town’s old city is. A Unesco World Heritage site, it’s easily walkable and full of plenty of shops and restaurants—you’ll never be far from a place to buy food, drinks or souvenirs. Colonia, with its cobblestone streets, is a very popular destination for weekenders from Buenos Aires. Easily accessible by ferry, it’s a great place to spend a day or two.

Pictures We Took

  • To see some of the pictures we took in this country, please click HERE.

Cities/Areas We Visited

  • Colonia (May 5 – May 6, 2008)















Places We Stayed

  • Posadas Plaza Mayor (May 5 – May 6, 2008) – At $90 a night, this place wasn’t cheap, but it was really nice. The clean, comfortable rooms are situated around a gorgeous courtyard, complete with a trickling fountain. The cable TV (CNN in English–hooray!) and incredibly central location (right off of Colonia’s main square) were both nice bonuses.










Places We Ate

  • Candela – This bar/restaurant felt really relaxed. (The CD that was playing–Bob Marley covers sung by someone who sounded like Jewel–and the twinkling lights from the disco ball may have had something to do with this…) The beer (Patricia, a Uruguayan brand) was better than the chivito, a (low-cholesterol, surely!) traditional sandwich involving ham, steak and an egg.









  • Pulperia de los Faroles – This restaurant was one of the few with other people in it on a quiet Monday night in Colonia. Shanna loved the Uruguayan wine we ordered (a 2005 Tannat by Viejo/ H. Stagnari), and our fish–hake with fried capers and salmon with orange sauce–was pretty good, too.











Things We Did

  • Walked along the cobblestone streets of this lovely colonial town








Country Facts

  • Capital City – Montevideo
  • Currency – Peso
  • Exchange Rate – 20 Pesos to $1


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