Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

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Take a day trip to Colonia and discover the colonial beauty of this coastal city. After pickup from your Montevideo hotel, head approximately 2.5 hours west by comfortable coach. Upon arrival, hop out and begin your tour on foot with your guide.

As you explore cobblestone streets through Barrio Histórico, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic area of Colonia, admire the city's well-preserved colonial architecture and learn about the city’s interesting history. Originally founded by the Portuguese in the late 1600s, Colonia was later disputed over by the Spanish and was incorporated into Brazil in the early 1800s. Now part of Uruguay, Colonia's buildings in this historic area combine both Portuguese and Spanish influences.

Visit Real de San Carlos, the city’s former bullfighting arena that could hold up to 10,000 spectators. See Colonia's lighthouse, constructed in the mid-1800s on top of the ruins of the San Francisco Covenant.

Then, head over to Colonia's downtown area, filled with modern shops and restaurants. From here, you'll be able to see the port area of Uruguay, where ferries and cargo ships dock. Enjoy free time to stop for lunch (own expense) before heading to Fernando's Beach, where you’ll relax and take in gorgeous ocean views. After a full day of exploring, you’ll be taken back to your Montevideo hotel.
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  • Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento
  • Professional English-, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
tovah w
4 | 2018-01-04

This was wonderful! The guide was friendly, informed and accessible, for starters. And the comfort of participants was well attended to the pleasant stop at the Nirvana hotel with refreshments, for instance. Colonia is totally charming, and it seemed to be a good balance between the little tour the guide led and some free time on our own. Unfortunately it was beastly hot that day, so that slowed some of us down. But the guide offered suggestions for where to go and how to manage under the circumstances. The artisanal shops were also fun to explore, as were the port areas there, and the architecture. A little more descriptive map with a bit of history or explanation would be helpful. We also enjoyed the stop at the collection museum and the shop where we could sample and buy local products dulce le leche, jams, empanadas, etc.. One of the more enjoyable tour experiences we've had.

Kathleen H
5 | 2017-12-11

I dont usually do bus tours, but this one may change my mind. Viator was extremely helpful and efficient when I made my reservation. The tour guide was well-spoken, knowledgeable and friendly. This is now my go-to tour company. As for Colonia...its easy to see why it is a UNESCO site. The cobble stone streets and mix of Portuguese and Spanish architecture are like eye candy. The tour guide gave us a couple of hours to explore and get lunch. It was relaxing to just stroll the streets. I ate at what looked like your average pizza place on the Main Street, but decided to have their vegetarian sandwich instead. It was amazing. Roasted vegetables on a fresh chiabatta bun. The entire day was lovely and well worth the price.

5 | 2017-02-14

Great full day tour of the city of Colonia del Sacramento with a nice guide Jocelyne she was very energetic with a good sense of humor and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Colonia is charming but very small with an interesting mixture of Spanish and Portuguese influences. We were lucky for the weather!

4 | 2016-11-03

Was good trip overall. Could do without the stop at the farm, felt like a tourist they were trying to sell things to. The hotel was a nice stop to have some coffee and a break. The actual tour in Colonia was very short. The tour guide was great and helpful. Long day but worth it.



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