Uruguay hadn’t really been on our radar for this trip. We had visited Colonia del Sacramento to pick up some US dollars in January and had a nice day there but we didn’t think we would return.
It’s funny how plans can change once you are out on the road. After coming back from Iguazu on an overnight bus to Buenos Aires, we had decided to take the ferry directly over to Uruguay. Giving us a chance to see what the country had to offer and get a last dose of sunshine before we headed further south. So 24 hours after leaving north-eastern Argentina, we found ourselves back in Colonia del Sacramento for the second time.
Colonia is a cute little town with Unesco heritage status. Perfect for a day trip, but even better for a longer visit if you have the time.
People often say there isn’t that much to do in Colonia Del Sacramento – but that’s what makes it so great!
It the perfect place to just wander the old cobblestone streets to see what hidden treasures you can find. Or find a cafe and sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty around you.
The old town is stunning, with it’s many-coloured and varied old buildings.
The old cars lining the streets.
And the lighthouse overlooking the Rio del Plata and the views across the water. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot a hummingbird or two buzzing between the flowers down near the water (but no photos – they’re too quick!).
A Colonia feast
We also had a great food and wine experience in Colonia at Buen Suspiro. Buen Suspiro only serves local cheese, meats and wines from the Colonia area. So we ordered a medium size platter and some wine, and sat back and enjoyed ourselves for an hour or so. We tried a number of the wines including the popular Uruguayan red wine variety ‘Tannat’. The glasses of wine were HUGE which helped our relaxed mood – a fantastic and delicious evening.
The most famous thing about Colonia?
The best way to end the evening is to find a spot to enjoy Colonia’s famous sunsets. Enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, Colonia knows how to put on a show.
When to visit Colonia del Sacramento: We visited for one day in mid-January and again for 3 nights in early Feb 2014. Beware Colonia in summer time. It’s HOT, HOT, HOT. When we were there in January it was 42 degrees and 98% humidity. It wasn’t pleasant. Thank goodness for helado!
How to get to Colonia del Sacramento from Buenos Aires: 1 hour ferry from Buenos Aires. We found it cheaper to buy our tickets from the office in BA itself. Details here.
Where to stay in Colonia del Sacramento: We stayed at El Posada. A nice quiet hostel in a fantastic location. Not 5 minute walk from the ferry & bus stations and just outside the old town gates.
Food & Drink recommendations in Colonia del Sacramento: We had really nice meals at both Bein Suspiro which we mention above and also El Drugstore.