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Rio de la Plata

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


  • Montevideo - capital city of Uruguay
  • Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento) - old colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Mercedes (Soriano) - Pinacoteca Gimenez [1] 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 [2].
  • San Jose
  • Carmelo, Nueva Helvetia, Colonia Valdense - pastoral colonial towns near Colonia
  • Vila Soriano [3]- 18th Century colonial architecture and the first European settlement in Uruguay. A famous cemetery.
  • Rosario [4] - a small town featuring many outdoor murals.
  • Estero de Farrapos [5] - 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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