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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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Lovettsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Spent a Sunday walking around the old part of the city. Very interesting seeing the old houses, climbing up the lighthouse and enjoying the history of the city. It’s about a 90 minute drive from Montevideo. Much of the streets in the city have the original stone streets and can be slippery when wet.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The World Heritage listed heart of Colonia del Sacramento makes an excellent day trip from Buenos Aires. I went with Buquebus and it only takes one hour on their fast catamaran. Make sure you give yourself enough time once you get over to the Uruguay side. Uruguay is one hour ahead of Argentina and suddenly I had half the time... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Beautiful and loaded with history, amazing views, stories and people. "Colonienses" are very friendly and easy going with good attitude to tourism.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

It's a truly incredible place like no other. Peaceful and picturesque, it feels like being in a paiting all the time. There are beautiful cafes and restaurants. I recommend going for a walk at night, the lanterns and the peace make a great atmosphere.

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