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“Colonia is lovely, but pricey day trip”

Faro de Colonia del Sacramento
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US$55.00*
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Guided Day Trip to Citadel of Colonia del Sacramento from Montevideo
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Owner description: Ascend to the top of this still-operating 1857 lighthouse for a lovely view of the city.
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Many go over to Colonia from Buenos Aires,Argentina to renew their tourist visa for another 90 days, but that's a very expensive idea, and better just to go to the immigration office and do the paperwork for $30. My son did the latter, so we just went over for a day trip to see the town,( in late May- not too many tourists then, ) as it is described as quite nice and picturesque. The high speed ferry ( 50 Minutes) costs about $100pp ( 800 pesos), and is the best way, as the slower one takes 3 hrs one way. Once there, the historic center is charming, lovely photo shots, the lighthouse is quite nice if you can manage the climb, cheap admission. It was very pleasant to wander around, we walked up to the town center, nice little park, not much in the way of shopping. However, the price of food there, whether in the center or the historic area, is quite a bit higher than Buenos Aires. Everything seemed to be double, and I have no idea how the locals afford to dine out. Even ice cream was double the cost of BA. A basic lunch, sandwiches with soda/water cost $40 for two of us.. A coffee with croissant in the am was $10 for two. So, it ended up being a $270 day for some pretty shots and not great food. Maybe in the summer when one can go to the beach, there might be more value to the trip.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This lighthouse was built by soldiers of Juan Manuel de Rosas in 1845. It wasn't completed until 1857 after Uruguay's great war. It was built on top of the Convent of San Francisco, which itself was built in 1694 but was destroyed by fire in 1704.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

It is well worth the steep, narrow flight of stairs up to the top. Day or night, the views are incredible.

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Yes, the view is nice; but i couldnt help being underwhelmed by having to pay and be looked at suspiciously by the guard at the top of the tower... "ticket!" he went, as if i was a prison runaway, took me a minute to find the said paper, during which he made me feel like I had assaulted his colleagues who had sold it to me downstairs. It was absolutely unnecessary.
Having said that, yes, the view is nice... Hardly a must do though...

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Prepare to climb a lot of stairs here, but you'll be rewarded with a fine view of the area. It's a good spot to get an overview of Colonia del Sacramento.

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