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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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The Original Gate Entrance

Do enter by the original gate and drawbridge. It is attached to part of the original wall surrounding the city. A beautiful UNESCO site. Try to go during the week as it gets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Metairie, LA
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Metairie, LA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Do enter by the original gate and drawbridge. It is attached to part of the original wall surrounding the city. A beautiful UNESCO site. Try to go during the week as it gets very crowded on the weekends. The central square is lovely with blooming Kapok trees when we were there. Lots of birds and parrots in the trees. Take... More 

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Vienna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Sacramento is famous and right-fully a UNESCO world heritage site. Nevertheless, if you come with huge expectations then you might be disappointed. The place is quite small and merely consists of low ruins. Paraty in Brazil was much more impressive for us (however, it might very well be that the historic value is higher in Sacramento)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely place to walk through the old streets and its original buildings, nice restaurants and a very pleasant river view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The architecture is breathtakingly wonderful, however the whole of Ciudad Vieja is just a museum with tourist shops, restaurants and bars. I find it a shame that locals don't live in this area, meaning that it is literally just a parade of tourists wandering around.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Barrio Historico is a really nice place where you can find a lot of history, amazing and tasteful restaurants and charming cafés. Colonial is cute, and you don't need more than two days to do the whole city tour, speacilly when using the funny golf cars...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Colonia del Sacramento is a one hour fast ferry ride from Buenos Aires. The town is historic and charming to walk around. I would suggest 5 hours maximum would give you more than enough time to wander around, take photos, eat some lunch, have a coffee, do a little souvenir shopping, climb the light-house etc. If you like colonial architecture,... More 

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Warszawa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Borring, borring, borring. It is good looking town with some pleasant restaurants but it takes maximum 1 hour to see it all. We had 8 hours to our boat so were basically killing time by changing restaurants, sleeping on the grass etc. Additionally uruguayans screw us up on exchange rate so we paid arms and legs for joke of a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Barrio Historico is very interesting, unique and pretty. The area is surrounded by many tall beautiful trees. Entering the main plaza historical landmarks surround the Plaza., like the old fort wall, the entrance way from the river, the lighthouse, restaurants and many art and crafts shops. The buildings are also examples of the Portuguese and Spanish architecture, definately different from... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We took the ferry from Buenos Aires to Uruguay to visit this highly rated town. We arrived to a long bad walking tours and crazy mad dogs that attacked, bikers, golf carts and anything with wheels. We walked around town to see if we were missing something, but we weren't. It's a sad town, with small museums and bad attractions..... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 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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