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Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento from Buenos Aires

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Cross the legendary Rio de la Plata and spend a day exploring the UNESCO-listed town of Colonia del Sacramento on this full-day tour from Buenos Aires to Uruguay, including round-trip transportation by express ferry.

Adult Ages 11+
Child Ages 2-11

There’s more to Uruguay than you (might) think!

Staying in Buenos Aires and have some spare time? Why not going for a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay?

Located  just a one-hour ferry ride from Buenos Aires across the “de la Plata” River, it is really easy to squeeze in a one day visit from neighbouring Argentina.

Originally founded by the Portuguese in the 1600s and named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, Colonia has become a must-visit destination for all travelers who fancy old historical towns with charming centers. The historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento (a.k.a. “Barrio histórico”) rewards those who make the trip with colourful facades, vine-draped shops and palm-fringed boardwalks.

This full-day trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires is the perfect activity to escape for a while from Argentina’s bustling megapolis and explore Uruguay’s shining star.

The tour starts early in the morning as the driver picks you up from your hotel/airbnb and takes you to Buenos Aires’ ferry station. After going trhough customs (note that passports are required) you board the ferry for a comfortable and pleasant 1 1/2 hours ride across the widest river in the world crossing the international border between Argentina and Uruguay.

Upon arival you meet your guide, and a driver takes you all to the gateway to the historic quarter where your walking tour around Colonia’s old town begins. During the 2 hours walk, as you get to visit each of the city’s landmarks, your very passionate, attentive, informative, knowledgeable, and helpful local expert with outstanding English skills takes you on a journey back in time, bringing what you see to life with their live commentary full of background information, facts and insights that you will not be able to find in any book or travel guide.

After your tour and with a better sense as to where everything is in the town, you are given free time to explore the town on your own for the remainder of the afternoon or have lunch at one of the many local restaurants.

At the designated time, the driver picks you up and takes you to the ferry station for your ride back to Buenos Aires, where another driver is wating to drive you back safely to your hotel/aribnb.

At Signature Tours we highly recommend this trip to  anyone who wants to explore a little piece of Uruguay but is not willing to deal with the planning themself. Leave the organization up to us so that everything you have to worry about is enjoying your getaway to Colonia.

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Excellent, well organized day trip experience Jonah - Feb 2020

During our visit to Buenos Aires in February 2020, my wife and I decided to take a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. While this is a trip that can be done independently, we decided to make arrangements with Signature Tours—they did not disappoint! All of the transport arrangements were handled by Signature Tours and everything went smoothly the entire day.

– Trip Advisor
Good company and I would recommend it. Xin L. - Jan 2020

Nice and relaxing trip... the boat ride was quick and pleasant.. our local tour guide Alejandra was very friendly, detailed and full of information. Lots of restaurants options for lunch by the water. A relaxing, not intense trip for family and couple taking a stroll in a beautiful day.

– Trip Advisor
Beautiful day at Colonia! Claudia Muzzi - Oct 2019

I traveled here on a day trip from Buenos Aires. Colonia is a charming and picturesque place. The historic center is really magical! It quickly takes you to the colonial era with its cobbled streets, flowers and old houses super well preserved. With Colonia being just an hour away on ferry from Buenos Aires, it gives you the perfect opportunity to add another country and another stamp to your passport. Would definitely recommend taking this day trip!

– Trip Advisor