Just one hour by ferry from Buenos Aires, Argentina but a world away is Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento), Uruguay. This town of about 20,000, about a three hour business ride from Montevideo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the perfect place to escape for an afternoon. For years B.A.’s porteños, have escaped to Colonia to enjoy the town’s leafy streets and charming cafes. For 150 years Colonia bounced back and forth between the Portuguese crowns before finally becoming part of modern Uruguay in 1828. Whether you walk around the old fort that surrounds the old city, enjoy the brightly painted buildings that house restaurants and shops or just decompress under the shade, travel to Uruguay starts off beautifully with a day spent in Colonia.

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Corner store, Colonia

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Portón de Campo (City Gate)

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The wharf at Colonia

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The old lighthouse, Colonia

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Calle San Pedro, Colonia

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The old lighthouse, Colonia

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Sunset at Colonia

Photos courtesy Leon Kaye

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.