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Barrio Historico

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Address: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This historic section of town takes you back to the 17th and 18th...
This historic section of town takes you back to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an array of interesting museums, an historic lighthouse and Uruguay’s oldest church.
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

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Great little town to get a historical view of the area.

We came for the day from buenos aires and really enjoyed exploring the houses and museums. The streets are charming with fun places to shop and eat. Be aware you need Uruguay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Michele E
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

We came for the day from buenos aires and really enjoyed exploring the houses and museums. The streets are charming with fun places to shop and eat. Be aware you need Uruguay dollars to buy the pass in town but there is a cambio right there

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Lund, Sweden
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Very nice place, you feel the history on each building and the people try to keep it clean and save. You dont need to look back all the time or be afraid to lost your camera. Take a slow walk and enjoy, but dont try to find a place to eat to a reasonble cost. It is more expensive then... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful romantic old neighborhood where you can see and touch spanish-portuguese colonial culture around the streets. Nice restaurants around to have a nice wine and cheese meal. If in a hurry, won't take you more than an afternoon.

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Washington DC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We day tripped over from BA. Catching the ferry is easy, and Uruguay has immigration officers at the port in BA to speed up the process. It took us only a few hours to wander the town, but it's a nice break from the BA bustle. Good restaurants and coffee shops. Sleepy hardly captures it. I'm not sure I'd want... More 

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Asten, The Netherlands
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

While visiting Buenos Aires for business, I had the chance to visit Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay during a one-day trip from Buenos Aires. I used Buquebus (www.buquebus.com) to cross the water between Argentina and Uruguay. Buquebus has the possibility to travel several times per day with a fast ferry (1 hour) directly to Colonia. After arriving in Colonia, you... More 

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Bodenheim, Germany
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The old town of Colonia is like a trip back in time! The place is very quiet and peaceful and the 21st century seems quite far away. When you take the "Buquebus" Ferry from Buenos Aires Puerto Madero, it may be more economic to book the complete "Tourist Package" which includes a sandwich on the ferry and a ticket for... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

its so beautiful and romantic that i could stay there for days just wondering around, eating, reading and talking with people (super small so)

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State of Minas Gerais
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place, always providing good pictures. It gets very windy sometimes during day (but, of course, as an outdoor place, no problem at all) but the overall is great. Don't forget to visit the lighthouse: it's kinda cheap :) And if you get there 'til 5pm and you'll get an amazing sunset. You can even see Buenos Aires skyline across... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Nice place to spend a few hours. Feel yourself like travelling in time. Surprising places to see and shoot some photos you usually don't, but need to train your eyes to capture some details that may pass without being noticed.

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Rio de Janeiro
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Colonia del Sacramento is a lovely colonial town about 1,5 hours from Buenos Aires and 2 hours from Montevideo. It's easy to get there from Montevideo (bus) or Buenos Aires (ferry). The historic part of town is lovely and UNESCO world heritage. There are many shops and restaurants, so there's plenty to do. A great place for a day trip.

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