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.