Colonia del Sacramento – Uruguay

Its privileged position on a cape at the Río de la Plata provoked many disputes between different rulers during its history, resulting in a mix of beautiful Portuguese colonial buildings and typical Spanish style houses.

The charming Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Take a journey back in time and stroll around this remarkable place with its cobblestone streets to visit the Plaza Mayor (main square) with Casa de Nacarello and Casa del Virrey, the Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs) with houses from the 1st colonial period, the ruins of the San Francisco convent and the lighthouse (El Faro). Colonia also houses interesting museums like the Museo Municipal (Casa del Almirante Brown) and Museo Portugués on Plaza Mayor, the Museo del Azulejo (Tile Museum) and more.

An old car in a cobblestone street and the San Francisco convent at the back.

A highlight of any visit is definitely enjoying a colourful sunset over the Río de la Plata and making the gorgeous walk over the Rambla de las Americas along the water to Real de San Carlos, 4km from Colonia, the beach area to go to.

Well worth a visit is the Aarón de Anchorena National Park 30km northeast of the city. This is the presidential resting residence with an exotic park and a 75m high tower with panoramic views that reach Buenos Aires.

The lighthouse, Colonia del Sacramento.

Where to sleep in Colonia del Sacramento


This hostel has high ceilings with wide skylights, neat fireplaces, cable TV and DVDs, great BBQ area, a solarium and a hip bar. There are private rooms with beautiful views and dorms, all ensuite and with A/C.

Located 700 m away from the port and bus station, just a 100 m from the famous “Historical Town”, and 1500 m from beautiful beaches! Bike rentals and horseback riding outings, FUN!

Address & contact
Washington Barbot 164
Colonia del Sacramento
tel. +598 45222683
[email protected]

El Viajero Hostel & Suites

EL VIAJERO BED & BREAKFAST – Flashpacker Category

El Viajero B&B has the comfort of a hotel at hostel prices! It is located in front of the Río de la Plata and next to the “Historical Town”, just 300 meters away from the Port and the bus station.

It has 14 double matrimonial and twin rooms, all with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi & Internet.

Address & contact
Odriozola 269
Colonia del Sacramento
tel. +598 45228645
[email protected]

El Viajero Bed & Breakfast