Granja Colonia
Granja Colonia
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Eduardo Arenas has been collecting key chains, beverage cans, ashtrays, perfume bottles and pencils for nearly fifty years. This odd museum contains many thousands of these and other trinkets and gifts collected by Arenas and his family. Some farm animals roam out back.
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Nicole B
Porto Alegre, RS982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Cool video on how pencils are made. Interesting collection. Guinness book of world records for largest pencil museum. Great shop on grounds for artisanal products (quince jam amazing)! Good dogs. Free.
Written October 15, 2022
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mg1511
Dublin, Ireland122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
We went on a day trip from Buenos Aires, by a tour operator. Not necessary to do this! Just go to the Port in BA and get the fast catamaran over to Uruguay. From there get a bus or organised coach out to this spot. Worth going to visit. The owner has the Guiness book of records for the most pencils. He collect a variety of other interesting objects, Key rings, bottles, etc Get the owner and son to go around with you and tell you where and how it all started. It is interesting. We ate there. The food was local and different. I liked that as I like to see what food is eaten in other parts of the world. The shop is good if you take time to look at the produce. I purchased some of the marmalade made on the farm and took it back to Ireland. It was the best marmalade ( Next to the Irish! ) ever tasted. So sorry I did not bring back more. So go and enjoy! It is about a 15 min., journey from Colonia, so it is interesting to see some of the countryside also. There are toilets on site and bikes to use if you wish.
Written December 5, 2013
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Steve_zaJhb
Ballito, South Africa114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
We took the rapido ferry from buequabus buenos aires to colonia. The ticketing lady told us it was a 1 hr ferry trip giving us 3hrs and then the return trip. Taking delays into account and you need to check in for return trip at least 30min early this doesn't give you enough time ( although all day might be too much). It's a great, relaxed trip to a place where time stands still but the Mosquitos roam wild.
Written December 19, 2012
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lovetotravel13md
Potomac, MD23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Please do not book this trip through expedia. We paid $368 for 2 for a day trip. We got a tour of this very little charming town, which is basically a little square and a street and half worth seeing, a disgusting lunch, and a tour of a jam factory and something called a museum, which exibited the biggest collection of key chains, soda cans, and pensils, it doesn't get any worse. If you'd like to see the city by yourself a ticket for the ferri on line, get the 1hr. one go for a half day (leaves at 8:30) and come back at 4:30, unless you want to rent scooters and drive around, just don't pay expedia this rediculous amount of money. We've travelled a lot and we have never overpaid that badly!!!
Written April 9, 2010
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Ricrey1966
Montevideo Department, Uruguay54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
The owner of this place has a Guinnes world record for his pencil collection. You can visit it, free of charge, there is also an impressive collection of key rings, and beverage cans.
Besides this they produce good jam's. You can taste and by them there.
Written October 11, 2012
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John M
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
We took a fast(er) ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia and return, staying one night in Colonia at the Don Antonio Posada. The ferry trip went smoothly and the ferry was comfortable and clean.
Colonia was well worth the visit: quaint and quirky old town with many good cafes and restaurants. We had a good lunch at a corner cafe identified by two old cars parked permanently down one side street - bushes growing out of one and the other set up with table and chairs inside. Excellent female singer.
A memorable evening meal was had at Meson De La Plaza restaurant that also had an excellent male singer/guitarist. The hotel Don Antonio was very comfortable and clean with a good breakfast. People in Colonia seemed more relaxed and friendly than in Buenos Aires - we loved Buenos Aires but it is much more fast paced with crazy driver behaviour and irresponsible dog owners in the suburbs. We love dogs and obviously so do they but they do not clean up after their dogs and you have to constantly watch where you are walking.
Written September 2, 2012
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Every Step Every Nation
Santa Cruz, CA81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a nice quick stop on my way to Colónia del Sacramento! It blew my mind away upon seeing his thousands of pencil, key chain collections and other simple things such as cologne bottles, pins, etc. The entrance is free and there’s an artisan store in the site that sells local products and have a free taste of organic marmalade and cheeses! It’s a great small museum that any one may think it’s only an imagination, but it’s real!
Written January 2, 2020
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Celia B
Santos - Brazil63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Almost all tours stop at Granja Colonia on the way to Colonia de Sacramento.There you will see collections of pencils and keychains recognized by the Guinness Book. It is interesting, however the biggest attraction of the place are the jellies: there are the traditional like banana or apple jelly, but there are some with unusual flavors like onion or pepper jelly.
All these products can be tasted by the visitors.
Written March 7, 2014
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John C
Saint Louis, MO345 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Solo
The owner of the museum located at Granja Colinia has been collecting pencils, ash trays, key chains for over 50 years. He has the largest collection of pencils in the world. Products from the farm can be purchased in the adjacent store. On the grounds of the farm you'll see quite a few automobiles needing restoration.
Written December 31, 2011
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ithoughtitwasjustme
DC1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
In late Sept 2007 on a Buquebus day tour origninating in Buenos Aires, I traveled by boat (1hr) to Colonia. The tour first included a stop at Arenas Granja Colonia (Ruta No1 Km. 167 Riachuelo Colonia. www.granjacolonia.com), a roadside stop with a restaurant/"museum"(?) and outside picnic area. To the side there was what looked liked an orchard and a small field in which 4 of us were given the opportunity to help ourselves to ride a couple horses. The first horse was fine ("Gato"), though the second, a shorter black/gray horse named "Morro" struck me as easily agitated, not too people friendly when approached. I do not claim to be very experienced around horses, though have ridden several times in my life without incident. I ended up not seeing historic Colonia as I spent the rest of the day & evening in Hospital Colonia with a concussion, dislocated shoulder and broken arm after Morro bolted under a low tree branch, sending me to the ground. Further, the stable assistant, though friendly and well meaning, was lax in seeing that saddle/gear was fitted to each rider, as I was riding w/ stirrups set for the previous rider, a foot shorter than me, adding to my imbalance. Overall a nice place with nice people, though please be careful if you meet Morro (and esp. if you're not an experienced rider). Im sure horses can suffer job burn-out as much as people.
Written November 3, 2007
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