Colonia de Sacremento just couldn’t be prettier, a colonial Uruguayan town enshrined on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995 because of its well-preserved city centre.
The iconic Barrio Histórico is the main colonial district, perched on a picturesque little peninsula in the river. Lovely old sycamore trees provide cool shade, and cafes and bars line the riverfront, providing an excellent place to watch the setting sun. Be prepared to applaud when the sun dips below the horizon – Uruguayans are known for their custom of clapping for the setting sun!
Colonia de Sacremento is located on the eastern banks of the Río de la Plata, and includes a peninsula that juts out into the river. It is located 110 miles west of the capital city of Montevideo, but only 30 miles (by ferry) from the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. As a result, hordes of Portenos (Buenos Aires residents) stream into the city on weekends and at holidays, so things can get booked up quickly!
While you’ll have the city mostly to yourself if you visit in the winter, the best time of year for weather is during the summer months, between December and March. The prices will be higher, and rooms do book up in advance, and the crowds pour in from Buenos Aires. Another good option would be to visit during the two shoulder seasons, between April and June, and October and November.
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