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“El Faro--the Lighthouse” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Faro de Colonia del Sacramento

Faro de Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Type: Lighthouses
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Owner description: Ascend to the top of this still-operating 1857 lighthouse for a lovely view of the city.
Downey, California
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“El Faro--the Lighthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I loved the contrast of the old ruins and the well maintained lighthouse right in the center of the historic district. A great backdrop for beautiful photos, especially at sunset.

Visited September 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“This lighthouse adds character to the town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

It is fun to be up high enjoying the view! I recommend going to the lighthouse when it is not raining. They take US dollars, Argentine pesos, or local money. Paying in Uruguay money seemed to be the best deal.

Visited August 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“it's a short lighthouse - no children allowed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Its cute but it's just a small working lighthouse.
Children under 10 are not allowed to go up.

Visited June 2012
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Campinas
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“Great view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

The city itself is worth the visit! And up this old lighthouse is a great way to enjoy the beautiful view of this charming city. It is paid but it's worth. If the weather is nice you can see if Buenos Aires in the distance.

Visited July 2011
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Dili, East Timor
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“Colonia del Sacramento...little bit of Portugal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Top on the list of my "must see" places in Uruguay was Colonia del Sacramento ... listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list ... and I wasn't disappointed ... BEAUTIFUL!

Cobblestone streets, gorgeous row houses beautifully preserved, fantastic restaurants and sidewalk cafes ... and the lighthouse offered the best views of the water and city.

The local government has done an amazing job preserving the historical buildings and streets ... amazing to be walking on cobblestone streets dating back to the 1777. I loved that you could see, feel, taste the Portuguese influence.

I look forward to going back to Colonia and spending two days there ... and the fact that it's only a short ferry ride across to Buenos Aires, makes it's a perfect gateway to both countries. I would highly recommend 3 day weekend in Colonia with a one day trip to Buenos Aires.

Visited May 2012
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