Leave the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires and board a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to the historic city of Colonia in Uruguay.
Colonia is a gem of a place, an old Portuguese colony unspoiled by the ravages of time. An expert guide will show you the many architectural treasures it contains.
Wander the narrow cobblestoned streets flanked by beautiful buildings. Explore the haphazard Portuguese old-town and the more-orderly Spanish-built sector. Enjoy the sunny squares and charming gardens. Admire the wonderful classic cars from the 1950s for which the city is famous.
Your tour includes a delicious lunch at a popular restaurant. At the end of the day return to Buenos Aries in the warm glow of dusk.
For your day-long Colonia City Tour – From Buenos Aires you will be picked up from your downtown hotel in a comfortable vehicle and driven to catch the ferry across the Río de la Plata.
After an hour-long boat-ride you will arrive in another country – Uruguay – and disembark at the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento.
With its immaculate and parks and gardens, quiet cobbled streets and miles of beaches, Colonia is a relaxing place. The laid-back atmosphere could not be more different from the frenetic life of Buenos Aires. No wonder Colonia is a popular day-trip or weekend destination among Buenos Aires locals (Porteños).
For much of its history Colonia was involved in the long struggle between Spanish Argentina and Portuguese Brazil. At one point it was a prime smuggling center, exploited by the British while the Spanish were busy building up the strength and size of their colony in Buenos Aires. A stop was put to this in 1828 when Uruguay was created as a buffer state between Argentina and Brazil.
You will be taken on a City Tour of the historical district. Your guide will tell you about the architecture of the city, a delightful mixture of Spanish, Portuguese and post-colonial styles. Both Colonia´s old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Closer to the shore are the Portuguese houses and stone-paved streets, placed on unlevelled ground without any coherent plan. These give way to colorful Spanish architecture built on a grid plan. Further on are the white-washed houses of the post-colonial era. Expect to see some splendid classic 1950s cars which add a special touch to the historic streets.
Highlights of Colonia include the Santisimo Sacramento Church, the oldest in the country. Opposite the church is the splendid San Francisco Lighthouse. Another important feature is the Puerta de Campo, a drawbridge dating from 1745, one of the last remains of an old city fort.
During the day you will enjoy lunch in La Renata restaurant
At the end of the afternoon you will board the ferry for the return. On arrival back in Buenos Aires, you will be dropped back at the point where you were picked up.
This was a very interesting tour with a good guide to show us the sites of the historic area of La Colonia. We were dropped off at the BA ferry port and it was hard to discover...Brian M Andrews
Approx 10 hours
Start time: 07:00am
Duration: Approx 10 hours
Your hotel in the center of Buenos Aires
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 72 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
You will be dropped off at the place where you were picked up
Please provide the name of your hotel at the time of booking to enable us to arrange your hotel pick up. If you do not have this information when booking, please contact the local isango! partner at least 72 hours prior to the start of the tour to give your hotel name and confirm your pick-up timing. (Contact details are provided in the confirmation voucher.)
If you have already provided details of your hotel, then no booking confirmation call is necessary. The local isango! partner will contact you via e-mail and will call your hotel reception desk to provide you with your pick-up time from the hotel lobby. Hotel pick-up times vary based on hotel and are scheduled within 2 hours prior to departure time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office Monday-Friday 09:00 am - 06:30 pm.
Hotel pick-up is not available for hotels in the Palermo neighborhood. You will need to make your own way to a centrally located hotel to meet the tour vehicle. Please check with the tour operator to see which hotel would be most suitable
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