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Barrio Historico

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Address: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Phone Number: 59894316448
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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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$200*
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Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires

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Relaxing in Colonia del Sacramento and wandering the historic district

If you find yourself in Montevideo, then a short trip to Colonia del Sacramento can be a pleasant way to spend the day. Those who have traveled extensively should not expect to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you find yourself in Montevideo, then a short trip to Colonia del Sacramento can be a pleasant way to spend the day. Those who have traveled extensively should not expect to find anything earthshatteringly "wow" or unusual during this visit, but the picturesque barrio historico is a small, lovely place to wander and unwind, take a few photos, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice and interesting historic place. Problem are the restaurants. Food is generaly good. It seems restaurant staf gets nervous and unpleased in high tourism season. Services are really bad. People need a bit more of good humour! Tourists make their earnings! Look for restaurants run by owners! They will treat you better!

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Entering Colonia del Sacramento you found the gate and, above it, the Portuguese coat of arms. Once a fortress built on the left bank of Rio de la Plata by Portugueses in Spanish America, it was the scene of battles between Spanish and Portuguese to pass by treaty, definitely, for the Spanish rule.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Colonia del Sacramento is one of those picturesque places that stays with you long after you've departed. It's not flashy; there isn't fabulous shopping; the streets can be uncomfortable to walk because of the very uneven cobblestone surfaces. But the atmosphere is sublime as you meander narrow streets and marvel at the colors. Everything about the Old City is soft... More 

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Capital Federal District, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small and old, perfect for a day trip, walking around, learning about history or just take a few awesome pictures. Love it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is one of most amazing places I've visited. Many places to eat and drink or just enjoy the beautiful architecture. If you want to stay longer, many cozy hotels. Short trip from Buenos Aires.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a lot of old structures that now house small shops and restaurants. It's definitely worth visiting while you're in Colonia. I found the shop keepers to be friendly and interested in more than the tourist's wallet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Watch out for the cobbled uneven streets and pavements as you enter the UNESCO protected ancient town. If you can arrive before 10am or after 4pm you will avoid the crowds

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The town was charming and historic with a nice waterfront and lots of parks. Definitely worth a visit. However, I would have preferred to spend three or four hours. We traveled on the Buquebus high speed ferry, which was great - it was clean, comfortable, and modern - and it only took 1hr 15min to make the trip from Buenos... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we got the bus here from montevideo at 12pm and left at 9pm, it was too much time as there isn´t much to see but what is there is quite cute. however, if you´re going to have lunch there AVOID the river-front bars and restaurants, they´re extortionate and the service is awful, and as they´re full of tourists i.e. no... More 

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