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Location: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay | Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Category: Day Trips & Excursions
Charming, cobbled streets of a UNESCO-designated town
Portuguese architecture including a basilica & bullring
Free time to explore on your own & enjoy lunch in town
Scenic ferry ride over the Río de la Plata to Uruguay
Knowledgeable guide sharing the town's colonial history
Guided tour of downtown Colonia del Sacramento
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Buenos Aires hotel
Commentary in English and Spanish
Take a day trip to the picturesque town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, a UNESCO World Heritage site just across the Río de la Plata. Be charmed by its old world ambiance as you explore its colonial history, lush gardens, and peaceful, cobbled streets.
After being picked up from your hotel, head to the ferry terminal for the hour-long cruise to Colonia. Disembark to begin your walking tour of the pedestrian-only historic center, following your guide through the city gate and along cobblestone streets built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Stroll across the tree-lined Plaza Mayor to admire 18th-century stone buildings and the refurbished Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento.
Gaze up at the crumbling Moorish façade of the Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos, a now-derelict turn-of-the-century bullring, and take in the Faro, a 19th-century lighthouse perched on a peninsula that juts out into the Rio de la Plata. Meander along the waterfront fortifications of the Puerto Viejo and step back in time at the 1680 Iglesia de la Matriz in the Plaza de Armas, which is also home to a tile-roofed colonial Portuguese house.
After your tour, enjoy some free time to stop for lunch. The town is known for its asada barbecue restaurants. Then continue on to explore on your own, or just sip sangria in the sun before your return ferry ride to Buenos Aires.
Know before you book:
You must be 11 or older.,
At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.,
This activity takes place in Uruguay. You must bring a valid passport. All individuals traveling from the United States, Canada, and Australia must bring their Reciprocity Fee receipt to present at customs.,
Tour length and return times vary according to the ferry schedule.
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