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Rio de la Plata (Silver River)

The Rio de la Plata is considered the widest river in the world, although many argue that is not a river but a large estuary where the water flow from the Parana and Uruguay rivers. Its waters limit and unite the countries of Argentina and Uruguay, being the most common way of crossing between the two countries, from the cities of Cologne( Uruguay) and the capital of Argentina (Buenos Aires),just 50 minutes away)
The width of the Río de la Plata varies by region, with distances of 7.5 km at the narrowest place and up to 220 kilometers in the region of the mouth
Here the river is wide 45 km or 23 miles, on very clear days from high buildings in Buenos Aires, is possible to see at the very distance, Colonia
Its overall color is light brown, due to sediment which drags, that s way some poets and tangos call him “The River with lion color”, sometimes it color is silver, reason of his name

History
The first to arrive was the Spanish navigator Juan Diaz de Solis in 1516. Solis called the river “Mar Dulce" (Sweet sea), but it was changed years later to be baptized again by Italian Sebastian Cabot as River Plate

About the place
In 1887 the construction of the Port of Buenos Aires was finished
This is one of its entrances, to the right
1-(not seen here) is the ferry terminal between Buenos Aires and Colonia (closer) and Montevideo (more distant)
2- at the back is the Argentine Yacht Club building, designed by Edward Le Monier with the style of the Viennese succession, finished the year 1913, in a nautical allegory, has a lighthouse tower with at the top a sphere of steel and glass
At the left is the final part of the commercial harbor and large cruise terminal

The photo
Very few times the river is blue, the color called my attention a day when I was searching golden trees and found a nice one at the left
As the river is not deep, there are channels (narrow ones to navigate through it), at the back you can see a ferry entering the port with the help of two tugs

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