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The Best Things to Do in Colonia del Sacramento

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Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Neighborhood
Barrio Historico , Colonia del Sacramento
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Explore one of Uruguay's most important historical areas with a visit to Barrio Historico. First established in 1680, and subsequently a poin
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Water Body
Rio de la Plata , Colonia del Sacramento
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Feel your stress melt away as you walk along Rio de la Plata, the estuary where the Uruguay and Parana rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. Known
Landmark
La Calle de los Suspiros , Colonia del Sacramento
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Roughly translated as the "Street of Sighs," the World Heritage-listed La Calle de los Suspiros provides a glimpse into life during colonial
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Duration: 3 hours
As a World Heritage site, the Old City of Colonia is well known for its historical architecture, drawing thousands of tourists every year. Here, typical tours focus mainly on the rich history of the town. But, if you are a wildlife lover, this is the only tour that will show you a more natural aspect of the "Ciudad Vieja".This activity is particularly interesting for those who are taking their first steps into the birding world. Many birds you will see are common and abundant, meaning you will have several instances of connecting with them and getting to know them well. If you have not been to South America before, almost all species and even bird families will be new to you.Even if you are an accomplished birder, this tour can yield new sightings and ticks. Some rarities for Uruguay can be seen here: nesting Southern Martins, Patagonian migrants like White-tipped Plantcutters, Straneck's Tyrannulets, and White-banded Mockingbirds, and the elusive South American Painted-Snipe.
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Bridge
Puerta de la Ciudadela , Colonia del Sacramento
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Walk through the only part of the city walls of Montevideo to remain standing at Puerta de la Ciudadela. Once part of the citadel that stood
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Historic Site
Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos , Colonia del Sacramento
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Admire Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos from the outside and imagine what the bullring must have looked like in its heyday. Once used for th

Colonia del Sacramento

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World heritage site · Landmarks · Lighthouses
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento. Changing hands between the Portuguese and Spanish conquerors numerous times during its early history, the World Heritage-listed city finally gained some stability when it became part of Uruguay in 1828. In a town of less than 30,000 residents, Colonia del Sacramento tourism is surprisingly well developed, offering the chance to admire some of Uruguay's best-preserved colonial architecture and enjoy all the amenities of a modern vacation destination. Make your own Colonia del Sacramento vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Uruguay driving holiday planner.

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Where to stay in Colonia del Sacramento

In contrast to its quaint historical architecture, Colonia del Sacramento offers a range of multi-story, luxury accommodations. Most of these sit near the tip of the city's peninsula, with swimming pools and good beach access. If you want to stay in the old town itself, choose between a range of hostels, inns, and boutique hotels housed in buildings more in keeping with the city's colonial architecture. Make sure to reserve your accommodations in advance, especially if visiting on a weekend or during the busy summer season.
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