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Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

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From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

1. From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

Enjoy a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, the first site in Uruguay to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the city with a round-trip ferry ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia city. Select from options that include a walking tour, a teahouse visit, and a winery tour. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Manuel Lobo, the city went from Portuguese to Spanish rule several times until the Declaration of Independence in 1825. Discover how these events made the city a melting pot of architectural styles where Spanish and Portuguese-style buildings coexist.  Walk down cobbled streets and enjoy the unique landscape with spectacular views of the Rio de la Plata. Experience the charming houses, cobbled streets, traditional lanterns, and magical sunsets of El Porton de Campo alongside the Street of Sighs and Faro. If you choose the option that includes the walking tour, your guide will be waiting for you at the ferry station, ready to tell you all about the history of this incredible town. Return to Buenos Aires via the same ferry route at the end of your day trip.

From Montevideo: Colonia del Sacramento Full Day Tour

2. From Montevideo: Colonia del Sacramento Full Day Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Montevideo and heads out through the neighborhoods of Capurro, Le Teja, and the emblematic Cerro Hill. As you cross over the scenic Santa Lucia River Bridge, arrive at San José Department, famous for being the largest producer of potatoes in the country. Upon arrival in Colonia del Sacramento, learn about the city’s rich history which dates back to 1783 when it was founded by Spanish immigrants. With your expert guide, visit the Real San Carlos, The Bullring, and the De la Plata River to admire panoramic views across the city and surrounding areas. From here, head to the Historic Quarter of the city and wander around the picturesque streets on an insightful walking tour. Discover the Portón de Campo as well as the City Gate, the Walls, the famous Los Suspiros Street, the Lighthouse, the Main Square, and the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to eat lunch at a traditional restaurant or continue to explore the city at your own leisure. Before returning to Montevideo, make a stop at the Granja Arenas to visit the Collectuonist Museum where you can taste local jams, marmalades, cheeses, and more.

From Buenos Aires: Montevideo Ferry Transfer w/Bus Tickets

3. From Buenos Aires: Montevideo Ferry Transfer w/Bus Tickets

Enjoy a day trip to the capital city of Uruguay, and discover its history, colonial buildings and bohemian culture. Go to explore this city by board a ferry + bus ticket from Buenos Aires to Montevideo city. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Manuel Lobo, the city went from Portuguese to Spanish rule several times until the Declaration of Independence in 1825. Discover how these events made the city a melting pot of architectural styles where Spanish and Portuguese-style buildings coexist.  Explore the only surviving section of the wall that once surrounded the entire city, Puerta de la Ciudadela, that now functions as the entrance to Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo's oldest neighborhood. Discover the colonial buldings, museums and theaters, and at night, enjoy the difference nightclubs where tango and candombe are played for so many dance lovers. Yo can also have a relaxing walk along the beautiful beaches and enjoy the sunset in the boulevard of Montevideo, with spectacular views of Rio de la Plata. This tour include ferry ticket to Colonia del Sacramento and bus transfer from Colonia to Montevideo. Other services not included.

From Montevideo: Colonia Sightseeing Tour with Guide

4. From Montevideo: Colonia Sightseeing Tour with Guide

If you like Art, Architecture, Culture and World Heritage sites, then this experience is perfect for you. Your guide will start by talking about Uruguay and its history. This is a beautiful drive. Colonia is the agricultural department, so you will see lots of cattle, sheep and soya plantations. Before arriving, your driver will take a special trip to Nueva Helvecia formerly known as Colonia Suiza, who have maintained Swiss traditions and customs to this day. There are several groups, including "Los Alegres Alpinos", and the "Alpenveilchen Grupo de Danzas", who still practice the songs and dances of their ancestors. You will then make your way to Colonia stopping at Plaza de Toros (former bullring). It officially opened on January 9, 1910 to 7,000 spectators featuring the most famous Bullfighters of the time, Ricardo Torres and his brother Manuel from Spain. The arena hosted a total of eight fights before bull fighting was prohibited by the Uruguayan national government in 1912. When in operation it could host 10,000 spectators. It is designed in typically Moorish style. The bull ring was part of a tourist complex including a racecourse, which is still in operation. You then have plenty of free time to have a local lunch and to explore the old Historic Plaza including the Fort, which used to be a Portuguese Settlement. There will be plenty to see including vintage cars and cobbled streets. In the afternoon you will return to Montevideo with many fond memories!

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What people are saying about Colonia del Sacramento

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 222 reviews

It is a nice day out if you are in Buenos Aires. We went during summer time (December) and the weather was beautiful, however you need plenty of suncreams as you spend most of the time walking around the town. The ferry ride was punctual and very comfortable. Uruguay it is quite expensive so make sure you plan your spendings there.

It is one of the best towns I have visited. Clean, happy and friendly.

a very charming city and Marcela (tour guide) very knowledgeable

Great way to visit a unique, historic town in Uruguay!

Short ferry ride to wonderful little town in Uruguay.