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Address: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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+598 94 316 448
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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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$82.99*
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
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$250.00*
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Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires

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Nice for a few hours

People rave about Colonia del Sacramento. Coming from 5 days in Buenos Aires, I was a little let down. The town is small and, although cute, it's not amazing. Yes, the buildings... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Kelly H
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Virginia
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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

People rave about Colonia del Sacramento. Coming from 5 days in Buenos Aires, I was a little let down. The town is small and, although cute, it's not amazing. Yes, the buildings are historic and mostly well-kept. Many of them are occupied by mediocre tourist stores. It's a cute place to wander around for a few hours, but I'm not... More 

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Halifax
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The gates lead into the lower part of the Old City. Even though they look ancent they were actually rebuilt in 1968.

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had one day and night here and it was great. We both took SO many photos as each corner was a different delightful scene as we walked through the area. The old town is not very big so one day is definitele enough. We came over on Buquebus early in the morning and caught a bus to Montevideo the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured the small area under the hot sun and it was fun, but I recommend coming again at night. Everything looks different when there are no day tourists around, all the shops are closed, and everything is quiet, save maybe some live music from a bar nearby. When I visited, it was a clear night with brilliant stars and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice place to check out. Beware the heat in colonia. It was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit walking around at about 4pm. Other than that there are few attractions in Colonia. It's worth a trip if you like old historical buildings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is adorable. So rustic, so simple and beautiful. The streets are charming and they are cozy. The restaurants and bars are also very enchanting.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Buquebus from Buenos Aires to Colonia. The fast ferry took a little over an hour. The historic quarter is small. It did not take us that long to walk around. Due to the limited time we had, we walked the area in a little over an hour. Just print a map before you leave and you cannot... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ruins in Colonia del Sacramento are not gigantic as Great Wall or Teotihuacan but they have their own beauty. Walking along the street and admire flowers and beautiful architecture. Best part is that your admission is free!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A walk through the barrio historico is truly a feast for the eyes with most of it’s streets lined on both sides with incredible plane trees that release a typical smell .The architecture is largely inspired by both spanish and portuguese influences and most of the time well preserved and there is a playful and joyful atmosphere that permeates the... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting the old town, but the total walk around was less than 2 hours and that includes taking pictures. We took the ferry from Buenos Aires arriving late in the afternoon and then rented a car in Colonia del Sacramento the next morning at noon to drive along the Uruguayan coast to Brazil. The time we allotted for... More 

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