Journey back in time during your visit to Colonia del Sacramento, the oldest town in Uruguay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s renowned for its quaint historic quarter lined with colorful houses and cobblestone streets reminiscent of old Lisbon.
An approximately 2 ½ hour drive through the lush countryside takes you to this small city founded by the Portuguese in 1680 at a time when Spain and Portugal were in the midst of conflicts. For over a hundred years, both empires fought over it, until finally the Treaty of Saint Ildefonso awarded it to Spain.
Discover its rich, cultural history as you cross the drawbridge entrance into the old walled city, accompanied by your guide. Walk along winding streets lined with colorful colonial houses. In the main square you’ll see the San Francisco Convent, the Lighthouse and the bullring. Lunch will be served at a typical restaurant followed by some free time for shopping or exploring on your own.
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Note: Tour involves approximately 875 yards/800 meters of walking on mostly cobbled streets and a few steps.