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The Best of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

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It's not difficult to access the best of Colonia del Sacramento. The historic settlement, quiet, relaxed, and compact, is just an hour away from Buenos Aires by ferry, and the journey is part of the fun. Colonia is famous for its UNESCO-recognized lighthouse and Portuguese-built churches and houses, plus tranquil beaches on the Rio de la Plata. Colonia is also considered the gateway to Uruguay's gorgeous beaches and rolling landscapes.
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70000 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department, Uruguay
The coastal town of Colonia, Uruguay, is a ferry ride away from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an easy day trip for travelers. It is the oldest town in Uruguay and settled by the Portuguese in 1680. Enjoy a stroll through the town to visit local...
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De San Francisco, 70000 Col Del Sacramento, Departamento de Colonia, Uruguay
Careful if you're claustrophobic: the spiral staircase of Colonia's historic lighthouse is narrow, indeed, and you have to climb through a hatch door at the top before emerging onto a tiny circular platform. But the views - the views. You'll look...
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70000 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department, Uruguay
Bicycle, motorbike, golf cart - take your pick - you're definitely going to want one of these during a day out in Colonia. Having your own transportation allows you to explore outside the historic center (though you can certainly do that, too) and...
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70000 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department, Uruguay
Not up for battling the crowds for beach umbrellas in Punta del Este? Perhaps the quiet river beaches outside Colonia del Sacramento would be more to your taste. These wilder, more natural beaches - decidedly unglamorous, with virtually no...
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70000 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department, Uruguay
Remember: it's a river, not the sea, it's a river, not the sea. It's easy to forget this fact when you're gazing out at the still horizon of water, and even more so when you realize that the river has tides, too. The ebb and flow of the Rio de la...
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Barrio Histórico, Col Del Sacramento, Departamento de Colonia, Uruguay
A day or overnight trip to Colonia Del Sacramento in Uruguay is a great way to spend your time, if you have some free when you are in Buenos Aires. The boat ride over was quick and entertaining, as there were a group of musicians travelling as...
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November 21st, 2012 We made our way to Estancia Tierra Santa after a couple of nights in Buenos Aires. Taking the ferry (Buquebus) to Colonia and then renting a car and driving nearly to Carmelo, Uruguay. Then it was back roads and a hand-drawn...
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Barrio Histórico, Col Del Sacramento, Departamento de Colonia, Uruguay
If I were sailing into Colonia, Uruguay, I'd be okay with this being the first thing I saw. There's something about lanterns that just makes me feel like I'm home.
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Carmelo, Colonia Department, Uruguay
Just $2 buys a freshly made, oozy, melty, outrageously delicious "chivito" sandwich at a food truck in Uruguay. It's a kitchen-sink style concoction which includes beef, egg, cheese, and veggies, all heated together like a panini. Mmm.