Sitting on a peninsula jutting out into the estuary of the Rio de la Plata lays the UNESCO world heritage city of Colonia. This old Portuguese settlement dates to about 1680, and exploring its broad, winding cobblestone streets on foot make you feel transported back to long forgotten times.
The small fishing village of Jose Ignacio is the new place to go for a beach holiday in Uruguay. Punta del Este has grown quickly and commercialism has taken over, but thankfully the sleepy little town of Jose Ignacio has preserved its small town atmosphere. The village is located on a natural peninsula that juts out into the ocean with two sweeping beaches either side.