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Carmelo and Colonia

A quaint city in the southwest of Uruguay that faces Buenos Aires along the Río de la Plata, Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by Portugal's Manuel de Lobo, and soon became a focus of struggle between the Spanish and the Portuguese until it was declared the joint territory of both Montevideo and Buenos Aires in 1777. With colorful houses and winding streets, Colonia is reminiscent of Old Lisbon. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, as it boasts some of the oldest buildings in Uruguay, dating back to the 1600's.

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