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Colonia del Sarmiento, Uruguay: A CEA MOJO Photo Essay

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires-Argentina
7:34 a.m.
The CEA-Buenos Aires group is headed to Colonia de Sarmiento, Republica Oriental de Uruguay for a day trip. The hour long  journey from Buenos Aires to Colonia will be via Busquebus, a huge yacht like luxury fairy.

 

Arrival: Colonia de Sarmiento, Uruguay

9:35 a.m.
 
We arrived to beautiful weather and even more beautiful scenery. Here CEA students a mingling and stretching out after the journey by boat and bus to Colonia.


The Shores of Colonia

10:30 a.m.
 
CEA students enjoy a walk on the beach and the cool breezes of the Rio de la Plata on the Uruguayan side.

 

The Shores of Colonia

10:43 a.m.
 
Getting my feet wet, the water was un poco frio, but I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a little taste of home, resembling the essence of the beaches of Lake Michigan.

 

 
 

Centro Colonia

11:30 a.m.
 
Colonia de Sarmiento was the first city to be colonized in all of Uruguay. Both the Portuguese and Spanish fought seven different wars to gain control of the city. Here you can see one of the first streets of Colonia, left in its original condition; the street is of Portuguese design. 

Centro Colonia

12:15 p.m.
 
This lighthouse was built in the early nineteenth century; from the top you can enjoy a beautiful view of Colonia and the Rio de la Plata. 
 

 

Centro Colonia

12:20 p.m.
 
Colonia’s downtown has many different restaurants and craft shops to choose from. Here you see one restaurants creativity with this early nineteenth century car that has been cut out for the enjoyment of an afternoon lunch or evening dinner. 

Centro Colonia

12:30 p.m.
 
CEA students are enjoying a traditional Uruguayan lunch and conversing about their impressions of Colonia.

 

Shores of Colonia

2:00 p.m.
 
Down-time, we all had the opportunity to explore the city center on our own. Visit museums, rent bikes or do some shopping; whatever your enjoyment.

Shores of Colonia

2:15 p.m.
 
My friends and I elected to spend our free time enjoying the breezes offered at the shore. The scenery was amazing.

 

Centro Colonia (Lighthouse View)

5:35 p.m.
 
Atop the lighthouse you can view all of Colonia and its glory. Much of the city is left in historic condition.

Centro Colonia (Lighthouse view)
6:00 p.m.
 
Portuguese and Spanish inspired houses are lined up side-by-side along the streets of historical Colonia.

 


Centro Colonia (Lighthouse view)
6:35 p.m.
 
The sun was setting in Colonia and also on our day trip to Uruguay. After a wonderful day in the paradise of Colonia, we would board the fairy and head back to the city of Buenos Aires.

Javon Dobbs is the Spring 2013 CEA Mojo in Buenos Aires

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