Barrio Historico
Barrio Historico
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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.
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  • JasmineD
    California377 contributions
    Picturesque old town
    If you're into UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this historic old town is not to be missed. We took the ferry across from Buenos Aires. The Barrio Historico is only a few blocks walking distance from the ferry and bus terminals. If you arrive with luggage and need a place to store it for a few hours while you explore Colonia, the Viaggio rental car shop across from the ferry terminal will store luggage for a small fee. As of December 2022, luggage storage is not available at the bus terminal. Spend a few hours ambling through the old cobblestone streets, appreciating the old buildings with Spanish and Portuguese architectural influences, and stop into the myriad of cafes and restaurants for refreshments. The ice cream at the shop across from the old city gate is divine!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 3 January 2023
  • Sightseer10641657214
    96 contributions
    Well worth it
    This world heritage site is well worth the hours ferry trip from Buenas aires . It’s interesting and compact and has many bars and shops. We were disappointed that on the day we were there many of the small museums were closed. We enjoyed !?! the climb up the lighthouse
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2023
  • andream0402
    Melbourne, Australia2,924 contributions
    Peaceful and pretty
    A nice place to visit, have a walk around and enjoy the peace. There are a few little museums you can visit. Buy a ticket for 150 pesos at the government museum and the ticket will get you into all of them. They’re very small, no English anywhere so won’t take you long if you can’t read Spanish. A good way to pass some time. A very pretty and peaceful area with small shops , cafes and bars. A UNESCO site.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • dudoldve
    Bokeelia, Florida392 contributions
    Better than expected
    Really lovely colonial city that was better than expected. We have been lucky to visit many colonial cities and after reading some reviews we were worried this may disappoint. We were pleasantly surprised by the historic area with its beautiful parks with old growth trees and blooming bougainvillea. The trees were filled with birds and there were nice shops and restaurants to enjoy. Larger area than expected. I managed in a wheelchair with bike tires and a strong husband but do expect some cobblestone streets that are very rough in some areas. Only thing we noted was a lack of public bathroom facilities.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
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dudoldve
Bokeelia, FL392 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Really lovely colonial city that was better than expected. We have been lucky to visit many colonial cities and after reading some reviews we were worried this may disappoint. We were pleasantly surprised by the historic area with its beautiful parks with old growth trees and blooming bougainvillea. The trees were filled with birds and there were nice shops and restaurants to enjoy. Larger area than expected. I managed in a wheelchair with bike tires and a strong husband but do expect some cobblestone streets that are very rough in some areas. Only thing we noted was a lack of public bathroom facilities.
Written 4 December 2023
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andream0402
Melbourne, Australia2,924 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A nice place to visit, have a walk around and enjoy the peace. There are a few little museums you can visit. Buy a ticket for 150 pesos at the government museum and the ticket will get you into all of them. They’re very small, no English anywhere so won’t take you long if you can’t read Spanish. A good way to pass some time. A very pretty and peaceful area with small shops , cafes and bars. A UNESCO site.
Written 13 May 2023
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Sightseer10641657214
96 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
This world heritage site is well worth the hours ferry trip from Buenas aires . It’s interesting and compact and has many bars and shops. We were disappointed that on the day we were there many of the small museums were closed. We enjoyed !?! the climb up the lighthouse
Written 15 January 2023
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JasmineD
California377 contributions
Dec 2022
If you're into UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this historic old town is not to be missed. We took the ferry across from Buenos Aires. The Barrio Historico is only a few blocks walking distance from the ferry and bus terminals. If you arrive with luggage and need a place to store it for a few hours while you explore Colonia, the Viaggio rental car shop across from the ferry terminal will store luggage for a small fee. As of December 2022, luggage storage is not available at the bus terminal.

Spend a few hours ambling through the old cobblestone streets, appreciating the old buildings with Spanish and Portuguese architectural influences, and stop into the myriad of cafes and restaurants for refreshments. The ice cream at the shop across from the old city gate is divine!
Written 3 January 2023
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kesit0
Buenos Aires, Argentina620 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Enough to see and do for one complete day. You can buy a cheap pass to enter 9 museums (8 walking distance) and lots of restaurants to have lunch / diner.
Written 28 November 2022
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rick nega
20 contributions
Oct 2022
This is where you want to spend your day. The modern area is behind the old town and is not interesting to visitors .
Written 1 November 2022
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Nicole B
Porto Alegre, RS1,014 contributions
Oct 2022
Picturesque cobblestone streets, historic buildings, cute boutiques and cafes. Filled with trees and flowers, really a lovely place for strolling around. Lots of empty buildings for sale and many things have erratic hours.
Written 15 October 2022
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CCC
Dunedin, FL265 contributions
Apr 2022
Beautiful little historic district with enough strolling areas to warrant an overnight. There are beaches to see and lots of quiet streets with beautiful views to the river. We wish we'd stayed overnight.
Written 25 April 2022
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,137 contributions
Apr 2022
Being an UNESCO world heritage site, I was wondering how it will be - I must say it did not disappoint, the town is really charming with some nice streets, houses, shops etc.
I recommend to visit during the week as it is much less crowded.
Written 21 April 2022
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,472 contributions
Mar 2022
The old parts of Colonia are breathtaking and really similar to taking a trip back in time to Portuguese conquest back in the 1600s. When I visited, I was pleasantly surprised to notice that I was essentially the only tourist in the whole area…aside from maybe only two or three others. Ghost towns have the connotation of being scary and run-down, but here was sort of like a beautiful, historic ghost town where I could have the alleys to myself and admire the architecture and ruins. Is it normal for mid-March to be so empty??

I recommend that visitors devote pretty much a whole day to seeing the town. This is why Colonia is such a popular day trip from Buenos Aires, although spending the night is fun as well. Ferries regularly make the trek to/from Argentina, so accessing this historical gem is straightforward. Prices here are not bad either.

Wheelchair users: do note that surfaces are very rough and bumpy. You may need to stick to the main roads instead of the sidewalks, since curb cuts are not frequent. But there’s not a worry about traffic—there really isn’t any here, or so it seemed!

The district is extremely safe, even though so few tourists were in sight. I never felt like I was in a sketchy situation. I recommend exploring Colonia to anyone—families, couples, solo travelers, and all people alike. It’s a gem waiting for you to discover it!
Written 10 April 2022
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