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Colonia del Sacramento



A UNESCO World Heritage Site favored by the jet set, Colonia del Sacramento is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay nestled along the shores of the Rio del la Plata River facing Buenos Aires.

The city originally was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, it had changed hands many times through the years before finally gaining independence with the formation of Uruguay and its culture, architecture and broad history reflect that.

Colonia del Sacramento is an immaculately restored jewel of the Colonial era, and there are only a few accommodations that reflect the city’s exciting and eclectic nature. Two of our favorites are Posada Plaza Mayor and Charco Hotel. Posada Plaza Mayor is situated within the heart of the historic city center and UNESCO site and is as charming and inviting as the city itself. The all-suite Charco Hotel provides a tranquil haven for guests.

Although Colonia del Sacramento is known for its UNESCO status and storied history, the city offers much more to travelers than city tours, historic ruins and monuments (though those are abundant and worth the trip, including the city gate and wooden drawbridge, the Convent of San Francisco ruins, The Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, the Viceroy House, the Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos and many more). Colonia del Sacramento also is renowned for its delicate textiles and free trade zone, as well as its funky shopping, spellbinding theaters and art galleries and beautiful harbor where visitors can still view the city’s ancient fortifications— and its spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Colonia del Sacramento is easily accessible via ferry from Buenos Aires, Argentina—a trip that takes less than an hour— and also can be reached by land via Montevideo in under two hours. We recommend a minimum of three nights to experience all this historic city has to offer.

Colonia tours can be customized for your personal interests. Have questions about this destination, tours here or hotels? Speak with our Uruguay destination specialists at (800) 772-9188.
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