Western Uruguay attractions

Top Choice Museum in Fray Bentos

Museo de la Revolución Industrial

Possibly the words 'tour an old meat extraction plant' don't appear on your list of must-dos for Uruguay, but Museo de la Revolución Industrial highlights a major part of the country's history, when the British beef…
Cultural Center in Colonia del Sacramento

Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen

Incorporating part of the city’s historic fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits and periodic concerts. The grassy riverside grounds out back,…
Museum in Valle Edén

Museo Carlos Gardel

Housed in a former pulpería (the general store/bar that used to operate on many estancias), this sweet little museum documents Tacuarembó’s claim as birthplace of revered tango singer Carlos Gardel – a claim vigorou…
Lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento


One of the town’s most prominent landmarks, Colonia’s 19th-century working lighthouse provides an excellent view of the old town and the Río de la Plata. It stands within the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de Sa…
Museum in Paysandú

Museo Histórico

This historical museum displays evocative images from the multiple 19th-century sieges of Paysandú, including of the bullet-riddled shell of the cathedral, and women in exile watching the city’s bombardment from an …
Gate in Colonia del Sacramento

Portón de Campo

The most dramatic way to enter the Barrio Histórico is via the reconstructed 1745 city gate. From here, a thick fortified wall runs south along the Paseo de San Miguel to the river, whose grassy banks are popular wi…
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Portugués

In this old house on Colonia's main square you’ll find Portuguese relics including porcelain, furniture, maps, Manuel Lobo’s family tree and the old stone shield that once adorned the Portón de Campo.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Municipal

Houses an eclectic collection of treasures including a whale skeleton, a re-creation of a colonial drawing room, historical timelines and a scale model of Colonia (c 1762).
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Casa Nacarello

This teeny colonial home is evocative of Colonia's early days, with period furniture, thick whitewashed walls, wavy glass and original lintels (duck if you’re tall!).
Historic Site in Colonia del Sacramento

Puerto Viejo

Colonia’s yacht harbor makes for a pleasant stroll.