Side Trips from Buenos Aires: Places to Explore

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Colonia del Sacramento

The peaceful cobbled streets of Colonia are just over the Río de la Plata from Buenos Aires, but they seem a world away. Founded in 1680, the city was subject to a long series of wars and pacts between Spain and Portugal, which eventually gave up its claim. Its many small museums are dedicated to the story of its tumultuous history.

The best activity in Colonia, however, is walking through its Barrio Histórico (Old Town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porteños come to Colonia for romantic getaways or a break from the city. It makes sense to follow their example: you don't get enough time here on a day trip to relax or see the city at its own pace. A night in one of its many colonial-style bed-and-breakfasts offsets travel costs and time and makes a visit here far more rewarding.

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