Blogs from Colonia del Sacramento, West, Uruguay, South America


Our last full day of Vacation coincides with our last day trip. Today we are off to Colonia Del Sacramento, across the La Plata River in Uruguay. Historically, the small city was settled by the Portugues, and then the Spanish took over. There was a brief attempt by the British to gain control but that didn’t really go anywhere. With this history the Colonia of today has a touch of Portugues and Spanish influence. Fodor’s descriptive is that Colonia redefines charm with its old-world architecture, serenity and water lapping at sandy shores. It is charming, and the historic barrio is all you need to see. Unless your looking for that all-inclusive, entitled experience, then there are plenty of resorts a bit up the coastline. As for sandy beaches, we didn’t see any, but the river is ... read more
Arriving Colonia del Sacramento
Street of Sighs

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 22nd 2024

The bus station in Montevideo was actually very nice and the 3-hour journey to Colonia del Sacramento was easy. We arrived at the station and got tickets pretty quickly, with assigned seats. We waited in the main terminal which was nice and clean until it was time to board our bus, which was mostly on time. We were seated toward the back and continued to pick up people at some small stops along the way until there was standing room only, though it was not super crowded like I had seen on other buses in Latin America. We arrived in Colonia del Sacramento a little after 12 and made our way 10 blocks (approximately 1km) to our hotel: Posada Plaza Mayor. It was a very easy, pleasant walk. I mean, two minutes in town and it ... read more
Posada Plaza Mayor
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 24th 2023

Blog 6 When I ended the last blog, I had just seen the tango show. The only thing I had left to see was the famous Ateneo bookshop, set in an old theatre. I had marked it in my app and got in a taxi. It was miles away and the taxi was 2,000 ARS, by far my most expensive. It was an Ateneo bookshop but not the one I wanted, I got the correct address and then another taxi, 1500 pesos !! It was beautiful and deservedly is said to be the most beautiful bookshop in the world. I got a taxi back to where I had eaten breakfast as I had left my, very expensive, water bottle, it could have just added to the expensive day. Thanks to my VPN I watched the ... read more
Painted house Colonial
Beautiful courtyard
Disabled obstacle course

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento December 30th 2022

Yes, Argentina won the Soccer World Cup a few weeks ago but today they also earned the prestigious title of winner for the lesser known competition World Cup of Inefficiency. It was a hard fought contest with some east Africa nations, but their commitment to endless lines and meaningless bureaucracy helped them over the line. And we got to enjoy the celebrations on our day trip to Colonia. We thought we’d have a few hours to enjoy the quaint Uruguayan village just across the Rio de la Plata but thanks to the Argentinian commitment to their craft, we had just over an hour. While it was a beautiful place to visit, and the best (only) icecream in town lived up to its name, none of us are sure it was worth the endless lining up, waiting, ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 26th 2019

While still in Buenos Aires, Argentina before the wedding, I came with the idea to visit Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. I was willing to go by myself if others weren't interested to join. I went with three of Gidi's friends: Stefano (Italy), Yaron (Israel) and Adrien (France). We took the ferry in the morning from Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires and crossed Rio de la Plata towards Colonia. The journey took about 1 hour on board of a comfortable, modern ferry. We spent the whole day in Colonia. It is was my second visit to Uruguay. Back in 2010 I did cross with a ferry and landed in Colonia too, but immediately took a bus towards Montevideo. Colonia del Sacramento lies at about 45km from Buenos Aires and has only about 30.000 inhabitants. The city is ... read more
City wall of  Colonia del Sacramento
Gate towards the historical inner-city of  Colonia del Sacramento
 Colonia del Sacramento

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 25th 2019

Et nous y voici a ce 77ème pays... Une vraie surprise car jamais je ne l'imaginais ainsi... Les gens y sont plus que charmants... Les paysages très variés nous font faire de ah et de oh.... Je ne prends le temps que d'écrire ce blog à notre quatrième journée car le soir les yeux demandent vite un bon repos tellement nous avalons une nouvelle culture, une nouvelle découverte, un vrai plaisir d'être venus ici... Fabian a donc eu la gentillesse de nous reconduire à Buenos Aires pour que nous prenions le BUQUEBUS qui est en fait un ferry qui nous fait traverser le Rio de la Plata pour arriver en Uruguay... Nous vivons les deux dernières semaines de grandes vacancies ici.. Le bateau est donc bien plein, non seulement d'argentins qui aiment venir en Uruguay pour ... read more
la gare du Buque Bus : bâteau bus
beaucoup d'argentins utilisent ce bateau pour aller en vacances en Uruguay
notre bateau

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento January 22nd 2019

Today we are going to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. It’s not far; on the opposite side of the River Plate. But the river is so wide at this point, that it’s a 75 minute ferry journey. We check in, pass through Argentinian immigration then have to do a 180 degree turn to pass through Uruguayan immigration (which is basically an official in the same booth with her back to the Argentinian official). This means that we finish facing in the opposite direction to the original direction we were facing. The old man sets off back the way we came clutching his stamped passport, finally realising he is walking in the opposite direction to the huge pictures of boats and arrows, and walks back through passport control, which annoys the official a lot. Once on board, ... read more
Colonia Station
Argentina from Uruguay
Porton de Campo

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 2nd 2018

GÜN 29 02 MART CUMA: Bugün, planımıza göre, Uruguay’ın Colonia şehri ziyaret edilecek. Dün dersimize çalışmıştık …sabah yürüyerek limana vardım . Sistem çok güzel çalışıyor. Arjantinden çıkıp ,Uruguay işlemlerine giriyorsunuz ve iki masa yan yana.. "Buquebus" Uruguay'a gemi kaldıran şirketlerden biri. Elbette başka şirketlerde var ama galiba en etkin olanı, bu şirket. Gemi tam olarak doldu…zamanında kalktı ve bir saat sonra Colonia’ya yanaştık. Rio de la Plata nehri, Atlantik okyanusuna çok geniş bir delta ile dökülür. Bu nedenle, Buenos Aires deltanın güney yanında kalırken, kuzey yanında Colonia, ya da yerel adıyla “Colonia del Sacramento” adlı Uruguay kenti yer almaktadır.. Hiç yapmam ama bilet olanaklarını incelerken ,hayretle yemekli tur fiyatının tursuz gitmekten daha pahalı olduğ... read more

Suzanne here... At around an hour and a half, the bus journey from Carmelo was much too short for my liking. We really enjoy traveling by bus. We'd seen a bit of scenery and eaten the cheese baguettes I'd made before we left. I then had just the tiniest little snooze, when David informed me we were nearly there. Bah. Hotel Perla del Plata was just a short walk from the bus station. It wasn't our first choice, but hotels in Colonia are rather pricey. Luckily it was actually quite nice. Small room but clean and comfortable, so nothing really wrong with it. Colonia del Sacramento is a very pretty little town with cobbled streets and a UNESCO listed historic centre. It's on the Rio de la Plata, the same river as Carmelo. At Carmelo it ... read more
The old Colonia estacion
Colonia Barrio Historico area
Plaza de Armes

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 18th 2016

After a few days hanging out and seeing the sights of Buenos Aires I thought it would be fun and a little different to hop on a boat and travel over to Uruguay. No one really goes here and it seemed like a really exotic notion. So up at the crack of dawn, to beat the notorious Buenos Aires rush hour traffic, Jani and I headed to the port and were able to secure a ticket on a ferry for the one hour journey to Colonia del Sacramento. I was exhausted on the boat and slept for what I could, but once we arrived in Uruguay my energy levels shot sky high. It was so foreign and off of the beaten path to be here. I was super excited. Colonia del Sacramento is a wonderfully photogenic ... read more

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