Things To Do In Colonia
A very beautiful and oldest places in Uruguay is Colonia, Uruguay. This place was founded in the 1680 by the Portuguese, Manuel Lobo. Manuel Lobo was the governor. For all Buenos Aires visitors, this is definitely going to be one of the best memories from the trip to Uruguay. This is a very relaxing place, giving you a pleasant experience and will take you away from the Chaotic life of the other parts of Uruguay. This place Colonia or Colonia Del Sacramento lie on the north shore of Rio De La Plata. This place normally has tourists from all parts of the world, but more number from Argentina.
When you try to search online more about Buenos Aires and things to do at this place, then the most common answer that you would find here is “Visit Colonia”. If you are on a very long trip to Buenos Aires then you will find that place always busy. So, to escape from the busy life and enjoy a pleasant day, you should not miss this option. Whether a business trip or personal trip, this town is something that can make your trip more special. It is very easy to reach Colonia from Argentina. You have many buses running across these two places. You have bus services seven days a week and at an interval of a few hours you can get a bus.
This place Colonia or Colonia Del Sacramento is a very small place, but you should be able to spend at least one complete day to enjoy all the tourist attractions of this place. It would be a really great experience if you can spend more than one day, but at least a day is definitely required. So, plan accordingly and make sure that you do not miss this place at all.
When To Go:
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When to go to any place is something that you need to plan very carefully. This place is a beach town and hence it is good to visit at any time of the year, but most of the tourists come to Colonia in the summer season only. If you are planning in the summer, then remember that the accomodation and other stuff there can be a bit expensive than other seasons. There are also chances that you may not be able to get accomodation after you visit that place. If you want to avoid last minute tensions then better book your accomodation in advance as this is a very small place with very few accomodation facilities. Book them in advance online.
If you are someone who is planning just one day trip to this place, then you need not have to worry too much. But it would be good if you can plan an early morning trip to Colonia and return back by evening. It is would be easy for stranger to reach back to their place before it is too dark.
Enough of introduction of the place Colonia, now it is time to enter into this place and explore the things to do in this place:
This Barrio Historico is one of the most popular historical quarters of Colonia Del Sacramento. This is a UNESCO site of world heritage. This place was a war devastated in the 19th century and it was occupied by many people like Portugal, Spain, and there are many other countries also which occupied this place. But now this place is entirely opposite to what it was in the 19th century. You will find many tourists in this place every year.
This is the only town that is a combination of Spain and Portugal architectural tradition and urban planning. You will not be able to find another interesting place in South America like this place.
You should definitely add this place to your things to do list in Colonia. If you are missing this very beautiful historical place, then you would definitely regret when you are back to your home place. Add it to your to do list now.
La Calle De Los Suspiros
This is a place in Colonia which is holding the architectonic features of ages. La Calle De Los Suspiros is a street with stone cobbles and you can also enjoy the view of a few old seventeenth century houses. Great place to click many photographs with your family. You also have a good restaurant in this place which provides you some signature dishes of Colonia to its tourists. You also have a museum near to this place and you should not miss that as well. It would be a great trip if you visit here on a sunny so that you can click some interesting pictures here.
Want to get details about the history of this place? Then you must know that there are many interesting stories associated with this place. The first story is the prisoners who are given death sentence are brought to this place and tied up. They are tied up till a high tide comes and drowns them. Another story is this is a place of brothels where many sailors look for their love. Last but interesting story about this place is, this is a place where a young lady used to meet her lover. One day when she was waiting for her lover, a stranger stabbed her and she was dead. But there is a belief that this woman haunts this street on full moon day. Do not miss to see this interesting place.
Rio De La Plata
The place where Uruguay and Rios Parana is uniting is Rio De La Plata. This is a river in Colonia which is having Buenos Aires on the other side of it. This river is very wide, but it's not too long. You can enjoy a pleasant walk along the riverside along with your family and friends. But it is not definitely suitable for swimming as the water in the river is not really clean. You can also enjoy a beautiful sunset here at the bank of this river.
In order to make the trip more interesting, you should first search for a good restaurant that can serve the best food. Kick up a bottle of wine and that is going to be really wonderful. You can also take a boat here on the river. This is definitely a place you will love spending time after a very tiring trip in Colonia. A smooth Strom that is crossing you when you sit there or take a walk on the bank of the river. Do not miss the sunset on this river, it's going to be amazing. Click a few pictures also.
Galería De Los Suspiros
Another very small but interesting place for tourists across the globe. Galería De Los Suspiros is a very interesting historic center where you can find an interesting gallery of art works. It is a building constructed with rocks. You will find many paintings in this place and apart from the paintings, you also have many objects which are made using metal and wood as well.
All these things are for sale and you can buy them at a very cheaper rate. The coffee at this place is really tasty and if you love using olive oil in your food or as a beauty product then you get the best and virgin Olive oil here. The people you meet here are really friendly and you can also bargain the products that you want to buy here. This place may not be very interesting for your kids, but adults will like the place.
Faro De Colonia Del Sacramento
If you have never been to any lighthouse before then this place Faro De Colonia Del Sacramento is going to be very interesting for you in your trip to Colonia. It is a lighthouse near the port area but you can call it a small museum as well as you have bulbs installed in the lighthouse so that you can view the inside of the lighthouse. The price to climb this lighthouse is a bit costly but when you reach the top of the Faro De Colonia Del Sacramento lighthouse then you will feel that it is worth it.
The staircase is very narrow and twisted and the place can be a bit dark but you still have a few bulbs installed in the lighthouse. You will enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire Colonia beach town from the top of this lighthouse. If you are someone who are scared of heights or darkness, then you should skip this place, but if you are looking for the ultimate fun on the top of the place then you should not miss it.
Museo Portugues De Colonia Del Sacramento
One of the interesting places of Colonia which is going to take you back to the eighteenth century. Museo Portugues De Colonia Del Sacramento belongs to 1720. You get a chance to see the ceramics and furniture of the 18th century. You also can see the Spanish and Portugese weapons which were used during that period of time. There are a few maps displayed there and they are very old maps of the 18th century. A very special part of this Museo Portugues De Colonia Del Sacramento is that you can see an original shield being displayed in this place. This shield was used over the drawbridge gate.
People who love to see the historical things will love this place. You don’t have to spend too many hours to cover this place. It is just a very small place, but a very informative place which can tell you a lot about the history of Colonia. You can complete its tour in just a few minutes.
An interesting place which is very popular for its scenic beauty, cultural values, history, flora & fauna and wealth is Parque Anchorena. This is Parque Anchorena, which is also called as the Anchorena park is attracting tourists from all over the world for years. The total area it covers is 1369 hectares. This is a park which was constructed for recreational and educational purpose of the people who visit Colonia.
This place is open only between 10:00 to 14:30 hours only and you should not waste even a single minute when you are in the Park area so that you do not miss anything. You get to see many different kinds of huge trees. The park is very strict about the closing timings and the timings are different on the weekends. So better check the timings in advance before you visit the place. You get very less time to spend in the park if you are visiting during the weekends and hence it is good if you can plan it in week days.
Now it is time to visit something religious. Iglesia Matriz is a church in Colonia. But this church is not one among all other churches in Uruguay. This is the oldest church in this place and really very beautiful place to visit on your trip to Colonia. The church was first constructed in the year 1680 and when you look at the church, you can see a mixture of Spanish and Portugese fortunes. The church which is available for the people to offer prayers was last renovated in the year 1810.
This is definitely not the most beautiful churches in Colonia but it is definitely the oldest churches in this place and you should not miss this place. It is really very calm inside and you will feel blessed when you enter inside the church. You will find all white washed arches with just a single Nave. After a very tiring trip in and around Colonia, you will feel relaxed in the church. The interiors of this place are really fantastic and you will love it from the bottom of your heart. Do not miss it, if you miss this place, then you are going to miss the most beautiful and oldest churches of Colonia.
Avenida General Flores
On your way to Barrio Historico, you will come across this place Avenida General Flores. Take a walk on this road and it is really interesting. You may not find something really interesting and amazing on your way apart from a few interesting restaurants and other things. But this is worth visiting. You can call it a place just for a little bit of shopping and a nice walk.
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento
This is just another, but lovely church in Colonia. You will get a chance to see and enjoy a very interesting brick work in this church. The church is being rebuilt from centuries but it still resembles the history of Spanish and Portugese. Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento is a small church where you can spend a few minutes to offer your prayers and also to enjoy the brick work. This is the only interesting part of this church.
A very relaxing place in Colonia is Playa Ferrando. This is a very beautiful beach in this small beach town Colonia. This beach is completely on the outskirts of the place and you can have a lot of fun along with your family and friends. If you want to escape from the noise and crowd of this place, then you should definitely visit this place. As the place is in the town outskirts, you will find very few people there and it can be the right place to relax. You can book your accomodation in some resort near the beach and spend a few days here. If you are planning a long trip here, then better plan it in the off season so that you will find the beach very much private for you with just a few tourists around you. The trip also would less costly when you are planning it in the off season.
There are many interesting places in this town, Colonia like Granja Colonia, Centro BIT, Embarcadero De Yates Riachuelo Park, Museo Del Ferrocarril, Museo Del Período Histórico Español, Museo CASA Nacarello, Museo Municipal, Museo Del Azulejo, Museo Indígeno and many other places. You have many bus facilities to and from Colonia from Buenos Aires. You should check them online or you can get details about them when you reach any of these places.
One of the most interesting things that you should not miss when you are going on a trip to Colonia is the sunset. If you wish to watch sunset sitting in a lawn along with your partner, then you should reach Bastion Del Carmen. This place was once upon a time a factory, but now it is just the tall chimney that is remaining from the factory. If by any chance you are unable to reach here, then you can reach the yachting club wharf. Even from this point you can enjoy a beautiful view of sunset. Do click some romantic pictures with your partner.
Just one complete day in this small town, Colonia can give you a lot of memories to take back home along with you. All you need is a good guide who can help you in managing time and covering all the tourist attractions in this place so that you so not miss any. A local guide has complete knowledge of everything and you will also have a lot of fun. Plan well and have a great trip to Colonia, Uruguay.
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