Colonia del Sacramento Travel Guide

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Colonia del Sacramento Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great day trip or retreat from Buenos Aires and Montevideo 

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     Nothing much to do other than relax and enjoy! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Perfect getaway from the bustling city of Buenos Aires. 

Colonia del Sacramento Things to Do

  • Unesco Heritage site

    The historical centre of Colonia is the only Unesco heritage site in Uruguay. It is very nice preserved and the sensation you get around the town is that nobody lives there. There is silence all around and even if it is full of shops, you hardly see people walking around. You can walk, rent an electric car or use a touristic bus.

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  • Enter the city through a famous...

    I find it amazing to see this drawbridge from the Portuguese occupation beautifully restored and still intact - and you can be transported in time when you go on it to enter the “city”. The Puerta de la Ciudadela, also called Puerta de Campo was built in 1745 by a Portuguese governor to protect the walled city and it was the only entrance at the...

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  • The El Faro Lighthouse

    I visited Uruguay in the month of September, and the weather was awesome at Colonia de Sacramento. After riding the ferry from Buenos Aires, I just walked to its famous lighthouse which is also known as the El Faro, located at San Pedro’s Point (Punta de San Pedro).The El Faro was built in 1857 from stones actually taken from the ruins of the...

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  • Walking around in Colonia.

    Colonia is a world heritage site.It's very pretty small town.I walked around town ,seeing beautiful colourful houses built in Portugese style.The colour of the houses are so colouful ,like the one in the picture.It's pink one with beautiful flower tree.I think this house will be one of the most taken picture in Colonia.But at that moment I didn't...

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  • Open Air Antique Car Museum

    While it may not be one of the official museums listed in the brochures or identified on the maps, if you appreciate or enjoy old antique cars, you will not be disappointed.Scattered throughout all of the old district, the barrio historico, there are antique cars parked on nearly every street. Some are very well preserved and look to be near mint...

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  • Basiliac of the Holy Sacrament

    So beautiful and peaceful in its simplicity . This 200 year old church is a wonderful example of Portguese design.The belltower was restored in 1957.

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Colonia del Sacramento Restaurants

  • a colourful experience

    It's full of restaurants all around the centre of the town. We chosed this one as it appeared as the most particular one.All the restaurant is very colorful and the staff looks enthusiastic. The menu has many dishes from sandwiches to pasta or pizza. We ate an hamburger with potatos and it was nothing special, but the place was really nice. The...

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  • Dining in an Old Model

    There are many restaurants in Colonia. The Drugstore may not have the most unique menu, but it does have both a unique name and a particularly unique dining table option.If you want, you can dine inside a converted old Model T which is still parked out on the street. The menu has many options. There are sandwiches, steaks, Italian pastas, etc....

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  • Nice ambiance and food too

    There are no shortage of restaurants in Colonia. There are a enough that you can sample just about all types of cuisines. However if your time is limited in the area and you have not had a chance to fill yourself on the local grilled foods, you should add a parrillada restaurant to your itinerary.The Santa Rita restaurant has a dozen or so tables...

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  • Live jazz

    We stopped here for a break before heading tothe bus.It'sacoolartsey kind of place near the Basilica.They have live jazz music here in the evenings.We enjoyed the most delicious chocolate cake of all time!!

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  • Be Prepared for Huge Servings

    We stopped at one of the several outdoor restaurants on this Avenue and decided to order the Specialof the Day. This is an easy "Out" ,when you can't read the menu. Chevitos de pan is a localfavorite .It is a huge sandwich with steak,egg ,hamm,cheese and bacon and ahuge portion of fries. A dieters nightmare but tasty. At a cost of $9.00 it also...

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  • Thiefs

    Hoy nos cobraron un mate con dos canastas de tostadas, UR$ 590 (equivalente a USD 35). El lugar se llama "Parrilla del Barrio" queda en la calle Real 170, en la parte vieja de Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay. NO VAYAN NUNCA A ESTA PARRILLA, SON UNOS LADRONES ABUSADORES DE TURISTAS. Ya hicimos la queja correspondiente en defensa al consumidor en la...

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Colonia del Sacramento Transportation

  • Walking

    It's easy to walk around Colonia without another mode of transportation. If you go to the beach, you'll probably want to rent a golf cart to get there, but the town itself is very walkable. It's also very pretty and charming, so walking around and exploring is always nice.

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  • Golf carts

    It's common for tourists to rent golf carts to get around town. There are many kinds available (2-4 people, with/without a roof, etc) and it's not that expensive. As long as somebody has a driver's license, a group of people can rent one together and split the rental cost. Cheaper and way more fun than renting a car!Golf carting around Colonia is...

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  • Colonia Express

    If I had the chance to go back, I would take the more expensive Buque bus ( http://www.buquebus.com/cache/HomeARG.html ) as the Colonia express ferry was cheaper but smaller and, above all it was late on both ways, going and coming back, which means losing time specially if you are doing a day trip as I was.

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Colonia del Sacramento Shopping

  • Street vendors

    There are a lot of street vendors in Colonia, and they sell all sorts of things - t-shirts, jewelry (including hand-made wire jewelry), religious items, mate gourds, cute little souvenirs, etc. You can pay either in Uruguayan or Argentine pesos, though the price will be different for each. I bought a pair of ebony earrings shaped like cats.

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  • Finest Uruguayan Knitwear

    I found this shop in old town on my first trip to Colonia. It is one of the more expensive shops but the quality of the goods is bar none. Uruguay produces a particularly high quality wool yarn that is thick and in wonderful jewel tones. This shop had dozens of items made with the Uruguayan yarn and the items were stunning. I bought my mother a...

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  • Handicraft Market

    The handicraft market is an open air market with several different clusters of booths and kiosks. Many of the booths sell the same style things, so it would be best to walk around, compare quality, price and designs before you purchase. There are lots of typical souviners like t-shirts, post cards and trinkets. But there are also much more...

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Colonia del Sacramento Local Customs

  • Very polite drivers

    We couldn´t get over just how polite the drivers were in Colonia. After 2 weeks in Buenos Aires we had become very careful crossing roads; in Colonia, however, there's was no need to be careful as most of the cars went very slowly and they always stopped to let pedestrians cross. I wish there more places like this! Despite the huge crowds of...

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  • Lovely Portuguese Style Architecture

    Colonia's geographical and political location caused more than a century long struggles between Spain and Portugal. As a consequence of these conflicts, the city changed its owner several times. The result is a distinctive architectural blend of Spanish and Portuguese culture. Lined with cobbled streets in Portuguese style architecture, Barrio...

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  • Old Street Lamps

    Colonia, a jewel of colonial time, is today renowned for its windy cobblestone streets, with the names of them written on tiles, and lined with colourful houses, from which hang old street lamps. Night-time becomes pure magic simply by walking around this quaint town which is even more enchanting in the moonlight and the ambient dim light of old...

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Colonia del Sacramento Warnings and Dangers

  • A horse you may not want to ride

    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...

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  • Watch the Time

    Nothing dangerous to report in Colonia. Seemed very laid back and friendly to me.This "Warning" may sound a bit stupid, but some of us old tourists aren't always too bright. The time in Colonia was one hour ahead of the time in Buenos Aires. This was in November. This detail caused us to miss our bus to Montevideo. After that little fiasco, I made...

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  • Ask the name!

    We decided with Mark to meet at the port; he had two options from Buenos Aires: the slower one (Buquebus) or the faster one (Ferrylineas); both ships arrived at the same time, but to different docks. I did not know whick one was taken by Mark, so I did not know where to wait for him... I asked at the check-in desk... but I did not know Mark's...

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Colonia del Sacramento Tourist Traps

  • prices in argentinan peso

    If you come from Buenos Aires as we did, expect to pay everything a lot, argentinan peso is accepted everywhere in Clonia but the exchange rate is really bad. use credit card if you can.

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  • Guided Tour of Colonia & Farms & Stadium

    It's been a while since I've been but I went on a tour arranged by a vendor that sent me on Barquebus and then a guided tour of Colonia and a couple farms in the area. STAY AWAY FROM THIS TOUR. It was almost laughable. The first stop was at a farm where they were proudly displaying their PENCIL and LIGHTER collections. Seriously, we spent like 30...

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  • Barquebus daytrip package

    Barquebus offers many daytrip and overnight packages. They are of course designed to make travel easier for people but they are quite lame. They will give you a day tour and a meal at an overcrowed resturant. Colonia is a great place and should be explored by yourself and not on a strict time limit. And avoid the overcrowed buffett places for...

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Colonia del Sacramento What to Pack

  • Shoes!

    Remeber Colonia del Sacramento has charming narrow streets of cobble stones, so forget your stilettos and put your most comfortable shoes on!Recuerden, Colonia del Sacramento tiene unas encantadoras callejuelas de adoquines, así que olviden sus tacos de aguja y pónganse sus zapatos más cómodos! Bring TWO cameras, if you do not want to suffer...

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  • Bring great shoes

    The cobblestones are great to look at, but they aren't so easy to walk on if you don't have comfortable shoes. Colonia is really a picturesque town with the surrounding water and the blue sky, white walls, ancient ruins and flowered windows. Bring plenty of film!

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Colonia del Sacramento Off The Beaten Path

  • Sometimes the strangest...

    Sometimes, the strangest things happen. I was shopping in the market when all of a sudden a high school band started marching by. Everybody stopped and went out to watch and cheer. After that, they went back to their respective business.

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  • Rataplam!

    We were arriving in the ancient district, we went through Puerta de Campo (the main gate) and suddenly began a militar parade: some guys dressed like Portuguese soldiers of the colonial times paraded along the main street playing drums... We do not know exactly what it was, but probably was something like a typical militar manoeuvre of the ancient...

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  • Los Fuegos del Sacramento

    Before, during or after visiting Colonia del Sacramento, you can read anything about this charming place. An excellent novel is "Los Fuegos del Sacramento" ("The Fires of the Sacrament") by Uruguayan writer Alejandro Paternain; I do not know if it has an English version, but if you can read Spanish, look for it.Antes, durante o después de visitar...

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Colonia del Sacramento Favorites

  • A nice place to spend one or two days

    Colonia del Sacramento is in Uruguai, but if you are in Argentina, Buenos Aires, it´s very easy to get there. It´s a small city, romantic, and nice to walk. you can look at a beautiful view every corner of the town. We had lunch in a very good restaurant named Viejo Barrio, it´s on Governador Vasconcelos street, 169. It´s on the main street of...

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  • Sunsets in Colonia

    The sunsets in Colonia are spectacular and as good as any I've seen before. A popular place to catch the sunset is at the western end of the old town, from where there are good lookout points over the sea. There are some cafes here too where you can watch the sun go down with a cold beer, but most people just gather on the promenade. Another...

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  • Some General Info for the Visitors

    On the walk from ferry terminal into town, you come across Colonia's main tourist office. It can be found in a rustic shed on the corner of Avenida General Flores and Calle Rivera and is open Mon-Sat 8am-8pm and Sun 9am-5pm.phone number: 052 26141e-mail: informes@colonianet.comwww.colonianet.com Fortunately Colonia is small enough that you can...

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