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“Spend at Least One Day”
Review of Barrio Historico

Barrio Historico
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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo
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Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires
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Owner description: This historic section of town takes you back to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an array of interesting museums, an historic lighthouse and Uruguay’s oldest church.
Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Spend at Least One Day”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

The world heritage listed old city of Colonia is one of my favourite cities in the whole world. Take a camera. It is old world charm combined with street performers, el fresco restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, vintage cars, ruins and a light house in a beautiful setting of narrow cobblestone streets, plazas and ancient 17th century Portuguese and Spanish buildings on a point along the river Plate. These days the town is inundated with tourists, many from nearby Buenos Aires but it is not uncommon to hear English spoken by passing tourists. Hotels are heavily booked so it´s a good idea to book ahead, particularly in summer.
After perusing the ruins and museums by day, the city transforms after dark, so an evening tour is a must. Restaurants with live music keep going till late. Take a tour of the two piers west of the point and enjoy the magical view of the city with its lights and yaughts on the water.
A ferry ride from Buenos Aires takes 50 minutes on the Buquebus. Many tourists come for the day or the weekend. We spent four days there on our first trip in 2007, and we didn´t get bored. These days we spend most summers there.

Visited January 2012
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Alpena, Michigan
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“Great Day Trip from Buenos Aires”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

We took the fast ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia for the day. A very pleasant way to travel and a nice change from Buenos Aires. We took a driving/walking tour that we booked with Buquebus immediately as we left the ferry terminal. The town is small, and compact, so the tour is not too extensive. The beach is very nice and you can see why this is a getaway spot for Buenos Aires. The bullring was particularly interesting, as was the historical center and the original lighthouse. It is worth taking the hike up to the top of the lighthouse to get a panoramic view of the town. We enjoyed a terrific lunch at a local restaurant...having the local specialty of "chivitas" accompanied by a locally produced Uruguayan wine from the Tannat grape. Laid back and peaceful...made for exploring on foot...this is a great day trip from Buenos Aires. We caught the 7:00 pm ferry back to Buenos Aires...just in time for dinner!!

Visited December 2011
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Nice town”
Reviewed 26 December 2011

We visited Colonia on the way to Montevideo. It is a very nice little town that will occupy you for half a day (unless you are particularly interested in small museums, which will take you another half a day).

Some of the main attractions are reconstructions - the town gate, the wooden dock, but they are pleasant enough.

Visited December 2011
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Tortola
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“well worth the visit”
Reviewed 10 December 2011

wear comfortable flat shoes as most of the walking will be done on cobble stones. history and architecture is a delight. lots of small places to stop and sit with a cold dink or a coffee.

Visited December 2011
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San Isidro, Argentina
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“Small and beautiful”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

I visited the place twice, the first with my wife in March 2010, the second with all the family in January 2011. You can make the tours in a couple of hours, but my advice is to take your time, go at different hours in the day, and of course visit again by night. The first time go with a tourist guide (there are several and most of them have lots of interesting stories to tell), and then go by yourself.
Beware of restaurants and bars. Typically the ones with the best views (near the river) also have outrageous prices and low quality. Try restaurants inside the Barrio Histórico.
There are several museums, and it's advisable to buy a ticket that allows you to enter all of them

Visited January 2011
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