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“Only worth a day trip”
Review of Barrio Historico

Barrio Historico
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$79.00*
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Get the fast ferry across from BA in the morning, it's a 10 minute stroll to town and then another 5 down to the old district - nice to walk around on a fine day - old cobbles, ruins, lighthouse etc - some excellent photo ops with the vintage cars on the streets - particularly the one full of plants. Have a vino, have a coffee - take USD with you. There are ATMs but we couldn't get USD out with our Australian cards. Argentinian peso devalue 50% on the ferry trip to Colonia, so don't waste them here.

Thank JnVSydney
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We had a spare day in Buenos Aires and so thought we would catch the ferry over to Colonia. The journey took only an hour in a very large and modern ferry but it was expensive and the ferry times when we went in May were not good. Once there we picked up a map and walked to the old part of town. In May and being mid-week the town was very quiet and lacked atmosphere and also it was at the end of their season and so restaurants were either closed or closed very early. The roads were cobblestoned and main square was very attractive with the remains of the bougainvillea and trees surrounding it. Some of the old buildings were well kept but those leading down to the waterfront were sadly derelict and badly in need of some care. We clambered up to the top of the lighthouse and wandered into a couple of the shops including one where the pottery was hand painted. One inventive café had used old cars as decorative features out on the road and we ate there later although it closed at 6pm and there were not a lot of other dining options. The highlight for us was the amazing sunset over the water.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Really charming.Worth a visit at night.Buildings are really well preserved. Nice place to sit , have a bottle of wine and just relax.

Thank Amieiro
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

I just love it, so pintoresque. Lovely to walk around enjoying those beautiful sightseeings. The people are so kind. Great option for a little getaway

Thank iamnib
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay

We travelled from Buenos Aires harbour to Colonia de Sacramento with Buquebus. This fast boat ride took approximately one hour. You check-out on BA’s side at customs and check-in on Uruguay’s side. Make sure that you are at both harbours in advance due to the fact that the boat can take a few hundred people. The normal procedure of baggage checking, scanning, etc take place (the same as at an airport). I would recommend having some proof of ownership of your camera as customs officials try hard to enforce a hefty tax on unsuspecting tourists, especially when their Spanish is non-existent. Make sure to tell them that you only go to Colonia for a daytrip (return ticket on Buquebus), otherwise you have to pay the exit customs fee.

Colonia is a very quiet and sleepy little harbour-town. We had more than enough time to walk through the whole town with our day visit. Photo opportunities are ample because of the historical heritage of Colonia. Although we visited during winter, the many leafless trees in the cobbled streets gave the town a beautiful atmosphere. It must be very green and shady during the summer months. Although Colonia is a very popular daytrip town for tourists, we did not cross many people on the streets. Most of the people enjoy sitting at the street cafés and restaurants having something for lunch. There is not much traffic and one can easily walk around. We did not experience any problems with safety. This is totally the opposite of the very busy and hectic life style of BA. We enjoyed a very nice meal at one of the many restaurants before heading back to the harbour for our trip back to BA.

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