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Rio de la Plata

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City wall gate in Colonia del Sacramento

Rio de la Plata is a region in Uruguay and includes the departments of Greater Montevideo, Canelones, Colonia, Rio Negro, San Jose and Soriano.

Cities[edit]

  • Montevideo - capital city of Uruguay
  • Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento) - old colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Mercedes (Soriano) -Pinacoteca Gimenez and Casa Puerta are art museums worth a visit in this colonial town.
  • Fray Bentos (Rio Negro) - A city which used to feature one the world's most prominent meat factories. Now it houses a museum.
  • San Jose
  • Carmelo, Nueva Helvecia, Colonia Valdense - pastoral colonial towns near Colonia
  • Conchillas – a small town near Colonia, with English architecture left over from its original founders
  • Nueva Palmira
  • Villa Soriano- 18th Century colonial architecture and the first European settlement in Uruguay. A famous cemetery.
  • Rosario - a small town featuring many outdoor murals.
  • Estero de Farrapos - a national park and a protected Ramasar wetland of international significance. It is considered the best spot in Uruguay to observe wild animals. Gateway to the park is the town of Nuevo Berlin.

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See[edit]

This region is home to both of Uruguay's UNESCO World Heritage sites: the old city in Colonia and the meat-packing complex in Fray Bentos. Beyond that, there are lovely little towns scattered through the region's farmland, as well as beaches on the shores of the enormous river.

Eat[edit]

Parts of the region are known for dairy production—try the cheese in Colonia del Sacramento and Nueva Helvecia!

Stay safe[edit]

Certain neighborhoods in Montevideo and some of its suburbs are best avoided, but other than that, the region is safe.

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