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 Montevideo: Colonia Sightseeing Tour with Guide

3. 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

4.1 / 5

based on 189 reviews

The tour to Colonia is something not to be missed if you are in Buenos Aires, the experience of taking the Ferry is unique, and the view of Buenos Aires on the way back at sunset takes your breath away. In my case there was no clarity at the time of giving me the instructions on how to find the walking tour guide, so when I realized there was no one who could help me and I hired a local guide. It seems to me that they were not specific with how they would find me when I got off the ferry. For the rest Colonia is an easy town to walk and get to know and very safe

This was the second tour I purchased through Get Your Guide and it was perfect! All very well communicated and organized. In addition to this ticket to Colonia, which is sooooo worth it, as the place is absolutely charming, I also bought the ticket with a walk tour through the center and it was the best choice. The guide was super attentive and a sweetheart, besides being nice so you don't have to know what to do there. Much appreciated!

Wow! What a day! Once again Marcella and Jose knocked it out of the park with this fun and informative tour. I appreciate the multi lingual tour and that they took the time to make sure this English speaker felt included and welcomed.

The tour was excellent. The tour guide new spanish and portuguese and was very proffesional. The bus and busdriver also were in optimum conditions. OVERALL A 5 STAR experience.

During the return you can enjoy the sunset.. it’s amazing