Get to know the city of Colonia del Sacramento on a day trip from Montevideo! Discover the colonial charm and history of this coastal city as you explore the cobblestone streets with your knowledgeable guide. Visit Barrio Histórico -- Colonia's historic area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and see Real de San Carlos, Fernando's Beach and more. As you wander through Colonia’s wharf and downtown areas and admire unique colonial architecture, you’ll feel as though you’ve journeyed back in time.
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.