By Ken Looi
Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portugese as Colónia do Sacramento, the colony was later renamed by the Spanish as Colonia del Sacramento. Through all those years, the Spaniards and the Portugese were fighting over this piece of land. Therefore, you could find houses in Spanish, Portuguese or mixed style. It became a UNESCO heritage site in 1995. Most of the buildings and houses have been restored.
Now it is part of the independent country of Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento has expanded to the north and east. From Montevideo to Colonia, it takes three hour by bus. There is a ferry bus from Colonia to Buenos Aires. It takes one hour to cross over the Rio de la Plata. Most visitors are from Argentina and Brazil.