We decided to take an impromptu day trip to Uruguay during one of our slower days in Buenos Aires, so we spontaneously hopped a ferry and traveled across the Río Plata to spend the day exploring picturesque Colonia. Everything about this well preserved colonial town emanates charm. The quaint cobblestone streets are scattered with candy colored houses, adorned with lush vines of ivy twisting up iron gates. The rustic paths are spotted with enamored tourists admiring vintage cars, colorful flowers and abandoned bicycles. An antiquated lighthouse keeps watch over the small town, brimming with history and charisma.
We wandered aimlessly through the town, indulged on savory ice cream, and followed our cameras through the labyrinth of colorful alleys. The atmosphere was relaxed and slow, an appreciated contrast from our fast-paced trek through Argentina and Peru. We leisurely soaked up the warm sun, strolled through the plazas, watched boats lazily pass by at the marina, and enjoyed every peaceful moment that Colonia offered us.
Our relaxing day in Uruguay turned into a memorable highlight of our trip. While we didn't realize how badly we needed a day to slow down and simply wander, Colonia unexpectedly rejuvenated us. We left the town feeling reenergized and ready to return to the beautiful chaos of Buenos Aires.
Have you ever taken a day trip that completely surprised you?
Where is the most picturesque place you've visited?