General description
Situated on the left bank of the River Plate estuary 27 miles ENE of Buenos Aires on the Uruguayan coast (178 km by road from Montevideo), Colonia lies within a free trade zone and has about 121.000 inhabitants. It is a tourist resort and one of the disembarking/embarking points for tourists proceeding to/from Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este. Foreign going steamers do not call and cargo movement is confined to that carried by trucks using the ferry Ro-Ro services. There are regular daily ferry services between Colonia and Buenos Aires, 2.142.762 passengers during 2011. A new passenger terminal is under study.