Views 27 Ago Trips to Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay)
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A nice option for those who need to renew their tourist visa in Argentina, and for those who are looking for a nice day or weekend trip just outside Buenos Aires, is to cross the ‘Río de la Plata’ by ferry, and visit the city of Colonia, in Uruguay.

The city of ‘Colonia del Sacramento’ was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, and in the 17th century it was an important centre for smuggling British goods across the Río de la Plata into the Spanish colonies.  It is now an attractive and quiet place, with a nice historic center and beaches that are worth a visit.

Trips to Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia is full of trees, old fashioned cars and motorcycles; Portuguese influence can still be found in several parts of the city. The colonial-era Barrio Historico was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996. Exploring its cobble stoned streets lined with picture perfect colonial houses and colorful blossom trees is like travelling back in time.

Ferry company ‘Buquebus’ will take you across the river in three hours from Buenos Aires. You can visit the peaceful and charming colonial city of Colonia, and return to Argentina on the same day, or you can spend the night in Uruguay and return the next day, or head on to Montevideo or Punta del Este.

Buquebus organizes several daytrips including city tours (by bus or on foot), lunch or a visit to an ‘Estancia’.

Trips to Colonia del Sacramento

The price of a basic daytrip is around 190 pesos (US$ 65 approximately). Tickets can be bought at the terminal of Buquebús at Avenida Antártida Argentina no. 821.

(Colectivos 22 and 140, Subte B, phone numbers 43166500, 43166550), and also at the following selling points:

Posadas 1452 (Recoleta)
Avenida Córdoba 879 (Microcentro)
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