Colonia del Sacramento
A must-see for any visitor to Uruguay is the historic town of Colonia del Sacramento, the country's oldest settlement and a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is situated on the River Plate, almost opposite Buenos Aires in Argentina from where most visitors ferry across on day trips. Dating from 1680 the quaint and quirky town is riddled with narrow cobbled streets lined with brightly coloured houses, vibrant bars, excellent restaurants and art and craft shops. Colonia is about two hours by road from Montevideo. Local operators offer day trips.