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Barrio Historico

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods
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... more » 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. « less
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Joao Pessoa, PB
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

went for the half day trip with colonia express thank god i did not go with any of the other companies and pay more two hours avoiding the mess terribly run down place FILTHY beach plastic bottles everywhere total waste of time and money dont bother turist nightmare

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Newton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

During a three week visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina I took the ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. This was absolutely worth the trip! It's very easy to walk around town, visiting all of the historical areas and shops. There are plenty of open air restaurants to choose from and the food was excellent. Make sure that you have enough cash in... More

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Dyer, in
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited Colonia on a weekend trip from Buenos Aires. We took a ferry over (45 minutes) and spent the afternoon walking around the old town. We had great weather so the walk was very pleasant along the river and the old parts of town. Very cute shops and restaurants to enjoy. Would not recommend more that 1 or 2... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've been to many UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites in Latin America that are colonial towns (Havana, Quito, Cartagena, Salvador, Cusco, Sao Luis, etc.) and while Colonia's may not be the most dramatic, it is most certainly pretty and safe, which is a plus. If you're in Buenos Aires and want a day trip to experience something a bit different,... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

History is all over here in this part of the city. The "old town"is worth a visit, in fact, is worth a two days visit at least; you can walk those streets, and walk them again, and you won't be tired of seeing this charming villa.

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've been to several UNESCO Heritage Sites around the world and all have been impressive. After walking around Colonia for about an hour, I felt disappointed that there wasn't more to see. Granted, it was safe, quaint and a pleasant stroll, but didn't feel different than a walk I could've taken anywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Colonia is charming and peaceful. Spent two nights here and enjoyed wandering around the picturesque streets, stopping for coffees and beer. Would highly recommend a trip if visiting Buenos Aires.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Colonia is the reason you should never travel from Buenos Aires direct to Montevideo . Go there before development and Americans take over . Uruguay my world fave !

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Colonia Del Sacramento is Uruguay's oldest town (1745) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We saw Iglesia Matriz which is Uruguay's oldest church and San Francisco Convent Ruins. There were a number of antique cars on the streets. It was an interesting excursion but not a nice as the other excursions we did

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Casco Viejo of Colonia is the reason you travel from Buenos Aires to visit. As others have written, the old city has lots of characteristic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Very pleasant to walk the streets and absorb the atmosphere of the place. Can be seen in one day visit as the area itself is quite small... More

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