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Colonia Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Colonia is the oldest city in Uruguay
  • It’s called Colonia del Sacramento or Colonia for short
  • The city lies directly opposite Buenos Aires, across the River Plate
  • The city was founded in 1680 but changed hands several times over the years, sandwiched between Portuguese Brazil and Spanish Argentina
  • Colonia’s old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage recognised site

Colonia Mini Guide

What can you Tell me About Colonia?
Colonia is Uruguay’s oldest city and an absolute historical and archaeological gem. UNESCO has accredited the entire barrio historico and wherever you go you’ll see history at each turn. Over the centuries the city has suffered as it changed hands between Portuguese and Spanish ownership but has retained important trade links with the Brazilian city of Buenos Aires.

Colonia church

How do I get into Colonia?
Despite having an airport of its own, there are no scheduled commercial flights to Colonia. The nearest airport is actually across the water serving Buenos Aires and is good because it has direct flights from Europe including Madrid, Paris and Heathrow meaning you can fly directly to Buenos Aires and catch the ferry to Colonia.

What is There to do in Colonia?
The old city centre; the barrio historico is the place all the tourists go. There are few specifically interesting buildings but a climb up to the top of the lighthouse gives you the perfect outlook over the city. There are a number of small churches with histories linked with the city’s development and plenty of pavement cafes where you can simply enjoy the atmosphere. For something bigger, brasher and bolder, take the ferry across the River Plate to see Buenos Aires whose nightlife is incredible.

Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

Driving in Colonia - Need to know



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    UYU  46.06/Ltr

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    Monday 24 Feb 2020

    Carnival - Bank holiday

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It’s a compact country in the continent of South America but there’s a lot to see. Whilst there many means of getting around, none are better than a hire car from Colonia giving you instant transport at your convenience. Driving around Colonia is easy although the cobbled streets mean that sometimes four wheel drive is preferable! At Rhino, we have a large range of vehicles for you to choose from and all at low prices.

We can offer optional extras that may make your journey more comfortable such as extra drivers or child safety seats but we still include what we consider to be essentials in with the low price. To get a quote, simply tell us when you’re going to travel, plus a few personal details and in seconds we’ll present you with what we believe to be the lowest prices on a range of Colonia hire cars. If you want to go ahead and book, all you need to do then is to give us some payment details and it’ll all be booked ready for you to collect when you arrive.

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