Nov 21, 2008
May 29, 2009
We rose early to catch the boat across the Platte Riviera that forms part of the Argentina/Uruguay border to the small town of Colonia. This journey was set to take 3 hours across the brown polluted waters of the Riviera and we waved goodbye to Buenos Aires as it disappeared below the brown murky Horizon. Colonia is a beautiful little town with wide tree lined cobblestone streets and old, well maintained period buildings giving a wonderful example of the classic Spanish and Portuguese architecture of the time. Being in such a strategic location on the Riviera, Colonia was a point of conflict between the Spanish and Portuguese settlers of the early 16th century and as such the town is host to a good number of fortifications and defensive structures that were built during the skirmishes of the time. Most of these are now destroyed but where they stood, their remaining foundations have been preserved along with large sections of fort wall. Colonia is only a small place, and Uruguay being home to only 2 million people, 1 million of which are resident in the capital Montevideo, meant that you can see the whole town in a couple of hours. While we were there we ate in some wonderful restaurants and rented a dune buggy to buzz along the streets and the coast of the Platte Riviera. While the beach front and boats are peaceful and very beautiful, the brown, sickly water of the Riviera does spoil the overall atmosphere a little.