Colonia del Sacramento, better known as Colonia, has the ability to make time stand still. A week feels like a month and after only a day of exploring the city, you will feel like you’ve lived there your whole life. Other than the flashy lights from the casino on Avenida General Flores, Colonia is calm, quiet and sleepy.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way, ice cream shops outnumber the bars and saying ‘hi’ to strangers is the norm. Only a 50 minute ferry ride away from the metropolis of Buenos Aires, you will feel your muscles relax as soon as you step onto Colonia’s manicured shores.
Taking a dip in the Río de la Plata is a great way to cool off and spend the last few minutes of sunlight. Watching the sun set from the calm shores is a scene from a romance novel, best enjoyed with an artisan ice cream in hand.
Sightseeing in Colonia
Colonia Lighthouse – Guaranteed to be crowded on sunny days, this restored lighthouse looks onto the Río de la Plata and the Historic Centre. Located southeast of the town centre, it’s hard to miss this attraction.
Puerta de Campo – A stone wall runs from the Historic Centre to the waterfront leaving plenty of shaded areas for relaxing on the neatly trimmed grass. Remains of Colonia’s fortified wall include a bridge and gateway to the Historic Centre now surrounded by houses.
Artisan Market – For handicrafts and souvenirs head to the artisan market off Colombo. After take a walk along the waterfront which connects to the Historic Centre.
Horseback Riding in Colonia
Cabalgatas San Nicolas Daily horseback riding tours or horse rental runs from $10 USD and up depending on size of group and preferred route. Open year-round and includes rental of all necessary equipment. Contact Sandra Brand for information and reservations Tel. (00598-94) 592666 or (00598-99) 586546
Getting Around Colonia
Colonia is a small city easily navigable by foot. But why walk when you can zoom around the cobbled streets in a bright yellow golf cart. Moto Rent
Has scooters, 4-6 person golf carts and 2 person dune buggy rentals for exploring Colonia and its surrounding countryside. Reservations are necessary as vehicles are limited.
Two locations in town – Manuel de Lobo, 505, Historic Centre.
Virrey Cevallos, 223, Historic Centre
Tel. (00598-52) 29665 / 22266
Budget Hotels Colonia
Free bike rentals and guest-use barbeque facilities are well worth the price of a dorm bed at Hostel Colonial. Avenida General Flores, 440, Historic Centre. Tel. (00598-52) 30347
Albergue el Español
In the backpacker area of Colonia close to the Historic Centre and the bus terminal. Beware, this hostel is known for giving the wrong change at checkout. Manuel de Lobo, 337, Historic Centre.
Midrange Hotels Colonia
Posada del Bosque Located about 5km from the Historic Centre, this posada is a gem. Acevedo Díaz, 1775, Real de San Carlos. Tel. (00598-52) 26287
Luxury Hotels Colonia
This hotel and casino sits on the tea colored waters of Colonia’s Río de la Plata. Within walking distance to all attractions and dining. Washington Barbot, 283, Historic Centre. Tel. 1-800-333-3333
Sheraton Colonia Golf and Spa Resort If Colonia isn’t enough to calm your mind and body, pamper yourself at the Sheraton Colonia. Continuación de la Rambla de Las Américas, Real de San Carlos. Tel. (00598-52) 29000