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“Well-preserved colonial town worth the short ferry from Buenos Aires”
Review of Barrio Historico

Barrio Historico
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
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$240.00*
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Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires
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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 August 4, 2014

I've been to many UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites in Latin America that are colonial towns (Havana, Quito, Cartagena, Salvador, Cusco, Sao Luis, etc.) and while Colonia's may not be the most dramatic, it is most certainly pretty and safe, which is a plus. If you're in Buenos Aires and want a day trip to experience something a bit different, I recommend either here or Tigre.

Colonia's Barrio Historico is neat in that the layout is very Portuguese, rather than Spanish, and indeed it was the former who first set up here in 1680. If you've been to Portugal, you may notice the street signs keeping that Portuguese azulejo tile style, etc., and the narrower grids that mark Portguese town planning as opposed to the Spanish. It just feels like an old suburb of Lisbon.

The Barrio Historico is a bit of a walk from the ferry area, but still very much doable on foot. Bicycle or moped rental might be a fun way to go as well. Definitely bring a camera with you as there are beautiful photographic opportunities: bright houses, old cars, cobblestone streets, a lighthouse, the cathedral, etc. I've included some photos with my review, but if you would like to see more or read more, I've written about them at The Gentleman Backpacker so please feel free to stop by.

This area is family friendly, romantic for couples, and just fine for a solo excursion as well. If you can manage it, I recommend going on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds that visit from the big city.

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Reviewed July 29, 2014

History is all over here in this part of the city. The "old town"is worth a visit, in fact, is worth a two days visit at least; you can walk those streets, and walk them again, and you won't be tired of seeing this charming villa.

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've been to several UNESCO Heritage Sites around the world and all have been impressive. After walking around Colonia for about an hour, I felt disappointed that there wasn't more to see. Granted, it was safe, quaint and a pleasant stroll, but didn't feel different than a walk I could've taken anywhere.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Colonia is charming and peaceful. Spent two nights here and enjoyed wandering around the picturesque streets, stopping for coffees and beer. Would highly recommend a trip if visiting Buenos Aires.

Thank UkSkigirl
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Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Colonia is the reason you should never travel from Buenos Aires direct to Montevideo . Go there before development and Americans take over . Uruguay my world fave !

Thank Eric G
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