Half day visit to Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay
"Cultural Heritage of Humanity" A cultural sightseeing to the history of the conquest and colonization of the River Plate.
Discover the attractions of the only Portuguese original city in the former Banda Oriental, the present República Oriental del Uruguay.
The atmosphere of the historic Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento is a universe apart from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. Just a short boat-ride across the Río de la Plata, Colonia del Sacramento is a popular day-trip or weekend destination among Buenos Aires locals (Porteños) and visitors from other countries.
Although Portugal officially ceded Nova Colônia do Sacramento (founded in 1680 by Manoel Lobo) to Spain in 1750, its Portuguese settlers resisted. The Spanish Viceroyalty took possession in 1777, destroying part of the town in the process. Meanwhile, Colonia was established as a prime smuggling center, exploited primarily by the British while the Spanish were busy building up the strength and size of their colony in Buenos Aires. A stop was put to this when Uruguay was created in 1828, as a buffer state between Argentina and Brazil, both of whom wanted its territory.
Colonia enjoys a superb location 180 km west of Montevideo, perched atop a small peninsula jutting out into the great expanse of the Río de la Plata, standing opposite Buenos Aires. Warm light reflects from its bronze waters creating an effect especially impressive at dusk and only further enhancing the town´s remarkable beauty.
While its detractors complain that Colonia has been over-restored or that this once sleepy old town is now merely a playground for wealthy Porteños who see it as a suburb of Buenos Aires, it has managed to cling to its rustic charisma thanks to the untainted quality of its classic architecture. Both Colonia´s old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO world heritage sites.
With its immaculate and luxurious parks and gardens, quiet cobbled streets and miles of nearby beaches, Colonia is a relaxing and well-tended place. Colonia isn´t sterile like many other "museum towns" around the world.
Enjoy another plus of this beautiful town, the warm welcome of its inhabitants. Uruguayans are among Latin America´s friendliest people.
There are several options for this visit: