Barrio Historico

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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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CCC
Dunedin, FL256 contributions
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, Switzerland1,027 contributions
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, IN1,257 contributions
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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Florian254
Norddeutschland1,387 contributions
Kept in style over centuries and nice to walk and enjoy the historical architecture and the flora, maybe have a nice drink with a view on the river, stroll around a bit it makes for a nice afternoon
Written 22 December 2021
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MonasTable
Calgary, Canada92 contributions
The Historical Centre of Colonia is beautiful and intersting. We took a day trip there from Buenos Aires. We took an early morning boat with a return late afternoon, that was too much time. I would recommend planning a half-day in Colonia. You will get to see the sites but then can get back to BA for better food options, or just chilling at your hotel.
Written 24 November 2020
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Dan M
Wigan192 contributions
What a wonderful location to wander through (with good footwear or if you are stady on your feet) as there's lots of cobbled roads (no real pavements) . An easy and inexpensive day trip from Buenos Aires, the port is walking distance (so you don't necessarily need to book as a specific excursion. The centre is small enough to explore, stop off and explore the range of museums, church, lighthouse and cafe/bars as well as picking up the odd gift/souvineer. Great for photography too and a total contrast to BA.
Written 11 August 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,858 contributions
While in Buenos Aires, Argentina, my wife and I took the ferry over to Uruguay and spent a beautiful February 2020 day exploring this gorgeous historical neighborhood. From the lovely cobblestones, to the various historic sites such as the lighthouse and convent ruins, to the cannons, there is much to see during a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento. There is also a lot of fascinating history to learn while exploring Barrio Historico.
Written 12 July 2020
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Milena Ailen
Buenos Aires, Argentina8 contributions
I've been here many times, and never get bored, I love to walk around this neighbourhood, take pictures and buy some coffee.
Written 6 May 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
Took the 7:45 AM bus from Tres Cruces Terminal in Montevideo for about $11 per adult through COT buses. Arrived in Colonia at 10:35 AM. There are multiple buses that one could take from Montevideo to Colonia but we wanted to get an earlier start as we had 5 PM reservations on the ferry to go to Buenos Aires. It was ample time to visit the historic area, visit the lighthouse, see the many small museums, church, have lunch, and just walk around in the district and by the waterfront. Arriving at the bus terminal in Colonia, there is a good tourist office where I would recommend to obtain a city map. There is also a place to store your luggage in the bus terminal. The baggage storage only accepts Uruguayan pesos in cash only. The cost is 0-2 hours-60 pesos, 2-4 hours-90 pesos, 4-6 hours-120 pesos, 6-12 hours 150 pesos, 12-24 hours-180 pesos. Note that they close at 8PM. There is also a reasonable restaurant in the bus terminal but I would suggest to try the traditional Uruguayan chivito at Los Farolitos restaurant stand. It took about 20 minutes to walk to the historic district. After seeing the above, we walked back to the bus terminal which is about a 5 minute walk to the ferry terminal. Would suggest to get to the ferry terminal about 50 minutes before departure. Need to register, check your identification, go through security, then through Uruguay and Argentina border patrol, and stand in line to get a better seat on the ferry. Nice to get a window seat on the left side of the ferry where you will get a better view of Buenos Aires upon arrival.
Written 7 April 2020
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,716 contributions
Nice If in the Area. Don’t Make a Special Trip

If you are in Buenos Aires and considering taking a ferry to Colonia so that you can get the Uruguay stamp in your passport, don’t. It isn’t worth the hassle unless you have seen EVERYTHING worth seeing in Buenos Aires itself.

Don’t get me wrong, Old Town and the adjacent shopping district are not a bad way to spend a ½ day, if they were a local attraction. Not a bad stop if along the route of a driving tour, but certainly nothing worthy of the hassle and inconvenience that can be associated with a ferry ride there.

The Old Town resembles a deserted set for old western movies. The lighthouse is nice, but pales if you’ve visited other lighthouses. The associated shopping district is perhaps 5 blocks long and probably won’t take most shoppers more than 2 hours to navigate. There are a couple of nice ice cream shoppes and restaurants are so-so. It was not a displeasing place, but after a couple of hours, we asked ourselves “Why did we bother?” “Why did we lose a day in Buenos Aires for this?”
Written 14 March 2020
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