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Barrio Historico

Address: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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$83*
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
96%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This historic section of town takes you back to the 17th and 18th...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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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nanaimo
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Surrounded on three sides by water it is hard to get lost here. Lots of interesting architecture but sadly some in really bad shape. Many small boutique stores selling all kinds of wares. As with any small seaside town anywhere in the world prices are a bit higher here. If you come by boat from Buenos Aires you can easily... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Just take some walking shoes, cobblestones are tough and wander these colonial streets, fascinating!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Although the old section of Colonia has been designated a UNESCO site, not much effort has been made in preserving the structures, appearance or atmosphere. Just about all the old buildings have been occupied by shops, with little of interest or quality to examine. No signage, very little information and few public spaces to rest and watch the passing crowds.... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Walking in this small streets is like travelling back in time!!!! You can imagine how life was in those old days when city was founded by Portugal. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

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Culver City, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a quick, 1 hour side-trip from Buenos Aires. We took the express ferry and spent the entire day thru early evening in Colonia. It was hot and our energy waned as the day progressed but there is no shortage of seeing historic buildings and landmarks while reading the history of the area. It is interesting and picturesque. There... More 

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Novato, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We travelled from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento via Buquebus for a day trip. It's only a one hour trip across the river but worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of BA. It's a true step back to the 1700's. Buildings, city streets, and life style are exhibited as you tour the central town. We also boarded a... More 

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Maryland, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Colonia was an easy bus ride from Montevideo and just a gorgeous place to walk around. Check it out if you can.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

More atmospheric than knock your socks off sites. A lovely relaxing town. There are a number of museums--you can see all of them on a $2 ticket.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Its a surprising place this city. I didnt expect to find that kind of old town in this city. Absolutely recommended to go here if you are in the area. However is a really small place and its quick to visit it.

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Columbia, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We plan our travels around UNESCO World Heritage sites because many are jaw-dropping. In that sense, Colonia is disappointing. The historic district is small, and can be visited easily in two hours. That includes the several museums, some of which consist of a single room. Several of the historic buildings have been either modernized or replaced, and some construction is... More 

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