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Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento

Crowned with UNESCO World Heritage status, Colonia de Sacramento continues to enchant visitors with its whimsical laid-back charm and Portuguese ambience.

Cobblestone streets bounded by painted houses and sycamore trees illustrate a peaceful scene that bears little resemblance to the town’s turbulent history well depicted in the city’s three principal museums.

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

A Taste of Uruguay

Embark on a private journey through the highlights of Uruguay, travelling along the nation’s southern coast between the eclectic capital of Montevideo and tiny hamlets without electricity. One of the underdogs of the South American culinary scene, Uruguay boasts world-class wine, delicious olive oils and artisan cheeses that can be sampled whilst exploring its traditional estancias, colonial towns and striking coastlines.

11 days

from $5,017 pp

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Self-Drive Journey in Uruguay

Our classic self-drive route through Uruguay unveils the highlights of this often-overlooked nation. From strolling the old dockside markets of Montevideo to cheese and wine pairing in Carmelo, we can curate a fully-tailored trip bursting with extraordinary experiences.
Navigate between sleepy fishing villages and traditional estancias, roam colonial towns, sip your way around vineyards and stroll along the Atlantic.

11 days

from $3,366 pp

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Old Colonial House, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Old Colonial House, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

A little more about Colonia de Sacramento

Nestled on the western fringes of River Plate, facing Buenos Aires, Colonia de Sacramento offers the main waterway crossing for all visitors arriving from Argentina. The historic quarter is safeguarded by the Porton de Campo, a drawbridge opening through the fortified walls of Colonia de Sacramento.

Plaza de Toros, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Uruguay

Visit Iglesia Matriz

Once inside, stroll along Calle de los Suspiros or Street of Sighs. Steeped in legend regarding its namesake, this cobblestone stretch of tiled stucco houses leads out onto Plaza Mayor, an attractive market square festooned with flowers and palm trees. The many cafes dotted around Plaza Mayor offer ample opportunity to sample the youth-enhancing properties of Mate tea or for relaxing with a glass of Uruguayan wine. Visit the oldest church in Uruguay, the Iglesia Matriz, or the El Faro lighthouse constructed almost entirely from materials reclaimed from the ruins of Convento de San Francisco. Situated just beyond the Barrio Historico fortress, the lighthouse captures the most impressive vistas across the tiled rooftops inside the old town and out toward the Rio de la Plate.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

This small country is a firm favourite of James’s, who loves the quirky capital of Montevideo, the rich farmland interior, the winelands and the trendy beaches of Uruguay.

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We left Uruguay feeling like we had really had an insider's experience. James sent us to some of the highlights destinations, but also to some lesser-visited spots where we came across no other tourists.

Destination: Uruguay
Travel Expert: James

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