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 Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento, commonly referred to as Colonia, is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay and is renowned for its cobbled streets, historic colonial buildings, and a unique blend of Spanish and Portuguese architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Colonia offers a picturesque and tranquil escape with its laid-back charm and riverside setting.

Driving in Colonia:

  • Road Conditions: The main streets of Colonia are in good condition, but since it's a historical town, many streets are cobbled. This can make for a bumpy ride at times, especially in the Barrio Histórico (historic district).

  • Traffic Flow: Traffic is generally light, but it can get congested, especially on weekends and during tourist seasons.

  • Parking: There are public parking areas available in and around the town. However, parking in the historic district can be challenging due to its narrow streets. It's advisable to park outside and explore this area on foot.

  • Driving Customs: Drivers in Colonia are generally courteous. Since it's a tourist spot, local drivers are accustomed to visitors and are patient. Always yield to pedestrians in the historic district.

Recommended Vehicle: A compact car or sedan is typically the best choice for navigating Colonia's streets, especially if you plan to stay mainly within the town. If you're venturing into the countryside or nearby beaches, consider a more robust vehicle like an SUV.

Nearest Airport: The nearest international airport to Colonia is Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

Distance & Route:

  • The distance from Montevideo's Carrasco Airport to Colonia del Sacramento is approximately 210 kilometers.

  • The primary route is via Ruta 1. This highway is in good condition and is straightforward, offering a pleasant drive with views of the countryside. The journey typically takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.

Places of Interest in Colonia:

  1. Barrio Histórico: The historic district with its cobbled streets, colonial-era buildings, and vintage cars offers a step back in time.

  2. Lighthouse and Plaza Mayor: Offers a panoramic view of the town and the Rio de la Plata.

  3. Museo Portugués and Museo Español: Provides insight into the town's rich history.

  4. Rambla Costanera: A riverside avenue perfect for walks with views of the sunset over the river.

General Tips:

  • Keep your vehicle locked, and avoid leaving valuables in sight.

  • While Spanish is the official language, many locals, especially in tourist areas, understand and speak some English.

  • Always carry a map or have a GPS system, especially if venturing outside of Colonia.

Colonia del Sacramento provides a delightful blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty. Whether exploring on foot or driving, it promises a unique and memorable experience.

Whilst there many means of getting around, none are better than a hire car from Colonia giving you instant transport at your convenience.  At Rhino, we have a broad 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 are going to travel, plus a few personal details and in seconds we will present you with what we believe to be the lowest prices on a range of Colonia hire cars.

Current Rental Rates in Colonia del Sacramento

Chevrolet Aveo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 151.19 EUR/day
Chevrolet Aveo

7 Days rental at 1058.39 EUR from 22/01/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Avensis

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 159.59 EUR/day
Toyota Avensis

7 Days rental at 1117.17 EUR from 22/01/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |

Nissan Frontier

4 Adults, 4 Doors

From 176.39 EUR/day
Nissan Frontier

7 Days rental at 1234.77 EUR from 22/01/2024

  0 |
  Manual |

Useful to know about Colonia del Sacramento

  • 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


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