Discover the colonial beauty of the coastal city of Colonia del Sacramento, located across from Buenos Aires along the Río de La Plata. Following hotel pickup, meet your guide aboard the coach and relax during the approximate 2.5-hour drive west from Montevideo.
Upon arrival, follow your guide on foot through Colonia’s narrow, cobblestone streets and admire the city's well-preserved colonial architecture — a mix of Portuguese and Spanish influences. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic district — Barrio Histórico — founded by the Portuguese in the late 17th century. Later disputed over by the Spanish, it was incorporated into Brazil in the early 1800s before becoming part of Uruguay.
Visit the former bullfighting arena, Real de San Carlos, which once held up to 10,000 spectators, and view the 19th-century Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, built atop the ruins of the San Francisco Covenant.
Your guide accompanies you to downtown Colonia and the Uruguay port. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) in this shopping and dining district before finishing tour Colonia tour at Fernando's Beach, which boasts splendid water views. Complete your day trip with the return drive to Montevideo and drop-off at your hotel.