Colonia, Uruguay: Puentes Destination Guide
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, is just across the Rio de la Plata river from bustling Buenos Aires, but it seems worlds away. Its “Barrio Histórico” (historic quarter), which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is constructed of winding cobblestone streets and colorful houses, reminiscent of the port city’s Portuguese roots. Colonia is usually enjoyed as a day trip, but if you’d like a relaxing weekend away, it’s a nice option for that too.
HOw to get there
There are three different ferries that connect Buenos Aires and Colonia: Buquebus, Colonia Express, and Seacat. If for some reason you have trouble purchasing tickets online, all three of these companies have offices on Avenida Córdoba in Microcentro. Buquebus is the most efficient and the most expensive of the three. It offers a three hour ferry as well as an express ferry that takes just one hour. Prices vary depending on the service you choose. Colonia Express and Seacat are more economic options that are also dependable. Buquebus and Seacat share a terminal in Puerto Madero, while Colonia Express has its own terminal closer to La Boca.
WHERE TO STAY
As mentioned previously, Colonia is usually enjoyed as a day trip. However, spending a nice relaxing weekend in the area right outside of the main town is also enjoyable. Getting around is a snap since you can rent golf carts, or for longer distances - to visit Uruguay’s Carmelo wine region for example - you can rent or hire a car on the cheap. If you are interested in a weekend trip, we suggest checking Airbnb for accommodation options.
WHAT TO DO
Shop at Grupo Artesanal de Colonia (beside the front gate to the Casco Histórico)
Visit the Acuario (Virrey Cevallos 236 and Rivadavia): Open from 2pm to 6pm
Hang out on the local beach called Playa Ferrando
Visit the Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos, historic bullfighting ring and the only structure of its type in Uruguay.
Visit some of the numerous museums, many located around the historic plaza:
Rent a golf cart or scooter to zip around town: Remember your driver’s license to rent!
Dollar (Rivera 128); Thrifty (General Flores 172); Punta Car (18 de Julio and Rivera)