4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location:Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

Get to know the city of Colonia del Sacramento on a day trip from Montevideo! Discover the colonial charm and history of this coastal city as you explore the cobblestone streets with your knowledgeable guide. Visit Barrio Histórico -- Colonia's historic area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and see Real de San Carlos, Fernando's Beach and more. As you wander through Colonia’s wharf and downtown areas and admire unique colonial architecture, you’ll feel as though you’ve journeyed back in time.


  • Colonia day trip from Montevideo
  • Explore the historic district of Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets and see unique colonial architecture
  • Visit Colonia's wharf and downtown area, as well as Fernando´s Beach and Real de San Carlos, Colonia's former bullfighting arena
  • Learn about the history of this vibrant city from your knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

Lighthouse in Colonia

Take a day trip to Colonia and discover the colonial beauty of this coastal city. After pickup from your Montevideo hotel, head approximately 2.5 hours west by comfortable coach. Upon arrival, hop out and begin your tour on foot with your guide.

As you explore cobblestone streets through Barrio Histórico, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic area of Colonia, admire the city's well-preserved colonial architecture and learn about the city’s interesting history. Originally founded by the Portuguese in the late 1600s, Colonia was later disputed over by the Spanish and was incorporated into Brazil in the early 1800s. Now part of Uruguay, Colonia's buildings in this historic area combine both Portuguese and Spanish influences.

Visit Real de San Carlos, the city’s former bullfighting arena that could hold up to 10,000 spectators. See Colonia's lighthouse, constructed in the mid-1800s on top of the ruins of the San Francisco Covenant.

Then, head over to Colonia's downtown area, filled with modern shops and restaurants. From here, you'll be able to see the port area of Uruguay, where ferries and cargo ships dock. Enjoy free time to stop for lunch (own expense) before heading to Fernando's Beach, where you’ll relax and take in gorgeous ocean views. After a full day of exploring, you’ll be taken back to your Montevideo hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Nice tow with a nice atmosphere of history. The guide was very informative. We enjoyed every minute
of this tour incl. the trip of getting there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A very beautiful city. I like very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We really liked the trip to Colonia. It was a nice nice day and we had a great rime. The tour guide, Federica, was incredible. She explained the whole story (and history) about the city very well. And she is such a nice and kind lady.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

We loved this trip, even though it took 4 hrs and 15 minutes to get from Montevideo to Colonia. We had made a few stops along the way, but there was a detour in Colonia that took us far away from the Rambla and kept us stuck in traffic for quite a while because of a bicycle race. The town was lovely and very beautiful and dreamy and we had researched before hand where to eat and had decided on Meson de la Plaza and were very pleased. Our guide Andres was great and the driver was excellent, they both deserved tips, but my husband and I were the only ones who tipped them. Such a pity!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

I found the visit to Cologne a great option because it is a historic site very well preserved with Portuguese and Spanish influences, about 2 hours from Montevideo. Unfortunately, the guide was not a very gentle person in some times, though she spoke in 3 different languages (and is therefore suitable for the function). In return the bus driver ended up leaving us about 1 block down from our hotel, I think for a certain distraction.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014


3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

It was Christmas day so everything was closed except a few restaurants. When I spoke with the travel agent he said most everything would be open. Suggest to people that if they want an open town, not to go on Christmas day. But it was a good way to spend a day where everything everything in Montevideo was closed. Main guide spoke (in Spanish) about stuff that was relatively benign. Our English guide was less chatty but gave us the important details. Restaurants were definitely priced for tourists and food mediocre. But overall glad we went and glad we went only for a day trip.

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