Full-Day Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires

Spend a day in Uruguay in a UNESCO world heritage village.
From US$1,290 privately
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Product Type
  • Colonia Barrio Historico
  • La Calle de los Suspiros
  • Colonia Lighthouse
  • Santisimo Sacramento Basilica
  • Rio de la Plata
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  • Be accompanied by an engaging local expert, as you cross the river to Uruguay and explore a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Unique, personal tours for the intentional traveler. A private experience with an expert guide.
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Tour Description
Travel with Context from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento, a charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed town just a short ferry ride from the Argentinian capital across the Rio de la Plata. 

Your day begins early in the morning as you meet your expert guide at the ferry terminal and board a ship heading towards Uruguay.  After 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will disembark and be transported back in time as you step out onto the cobbled streets of Colonia. 

You will begin your visit with an amble through the Barrio Histórico, Colonia’s beating heart. Here you can visit the iconic lighthouse, built in the 1850s in order to mitigate further shipwrecks that had previously claimed the lives of many sailors. You can also walk down the famed Calle de las Suspiros, the Street of Sighs, as your guide recounts one of the many theories about how the street earned its name. 

After a stop for lunch at one of the many shaded street terraces in the old town, you will continue your exploration of the old town. You may stop to admire details of the Spanish and Portuguese architectural influence or pick up a souvenir at one of the many artisan craft shops. 

You will head back to the ferry terminal in the late afternoon for your return across the Rio de la Plata. Bidding farewell to your guide upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will leave this tour having experienced a tiny piece of a new country and culture, and gained memorable historical insight into the region at large. 

  • You are a globetrotter looking for a taste of Uruguay during your trip. 
  • You are returning to Buenos Aires and want to experience sites outside of the city. 

  • Barrio Historico-the charming cobbled historical center of Colonia, where photo opportunities abound
  • Faro de Colonia-the famed Colonia lighthouse constructed in the 1850s
  • La Calle de las Suspiros-the street of sighs, a UNESCO world heritage site. 
  • Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento- the main parish in Colonia, the building has lived many reincarnations over the years. 

  • Your roundtrip ferry tickets are included in the tour cost. 
  • There may be nominal onsite entrance fees if you wish to enter certain sites in Colonia. We suggest you have cash on hand for these (USD accepted but change will be given in Uruguayan pesos)
  • Passports are required for this day trip. The ferry journey involves a boarding crossing. 
  • It is imperative that you provide passport information, as well as date-of-birth for all clients on this tour in order for Context to advance purchase your ferry tickets. Please add this information to client notes at check out. 

Wheelchair accessibility
  • The old town of Colonia consists of historic cobblestone streets, some of which are impassable by wheelchair and difficult for those with major mobility concerns. If you have specific concerns, please reach out to our team. 
Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are accepted onboard the ferry with proper medical identification, as well as the appropriate paperwork for border crossings. Please reach out to us if you are travelling with a service dog. 

  • For more information about Context tours, please visit our FAQs.

  • Can we change the start time to this excursion? 
  • No, this tour involves fixed-departure ferry tickets and therefore the start and end times cannot be adjusted. 

  • Do we need our passports for this tour? 
  • Yes! Colonia del Sacramento is in Uruguay and therefore this day trip involves a border crossing leaving Argentina as well as returning at the end of the day. In order to speed up the process the booking process, please provide passport information and date of birth for all members of your party in client notes at check-out. 

  • Will I need to exchange money? 
  • As a general rule, most restaurants and merchants at tourist hubs in South America will accept USD as payment but will give change in local currency. If you wish to exchange money into Uruguayan pesos, we recommend that you do this prior to your tour. Most shops and restaurants in Colonia also accept major credit cards. 
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