Colonia de Sacramento: a World Heritage Site
This travel souvenir from Uruguay is one of those souvenirs that you can expect to accompany a story. Located on the shore of the Rio de la Plata, Colonia de Sacramento is an architectural jewel that blends Portuguese, Spanish and postcolonial styles. For this reason, UNESCO declared its historical center a World Heritage site in 1995. In this area of the city, the traveler can obtain a sense of life in the old days as he or she walks along the cobbled streets. Some of the sites worth visiting include the Puerta de Campo, Casa de Nacarello, Casa del Virrey and the remains of a convent. To get a better picture of colonial times, it is a good idea to visit the Spanish Museum and the Portuguese Museum.
Out of Colonia de Sacramento Historical Center
Outside the historical center, the traveler can walk to Punta de San Pedro and admire the lighthouse built in 1857. An important site is Real de San Carlos. Here, the Spanish troops confronted the Portuguese positioned in Colonia de Sacramento, which they had founded centuries earlier. Nowadays, it is a residential area from where travelers can access the river and have a great time on the beach. Other nearby places worth visiting includes San Gabriel Island where the families can enjoy exploring the national park covered by plenty of trees. Farallon Island is also a great excursion where a unique lighthouse with a sun powered mechanism stands. Many Argentinians arrive sailing to spend a weekend in Colonia, which is just 500 kilometers from Buenos Aires. By all means, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.