Carmelo + Colonia del Sacramento
Picturesque cobbled streets, cozy cafes and antique cars.
Carmelo + Colonia
Inspire memories of yesteryear in the quiet cities of Carmelo and Colonia del Sacramento.
The city’s rustic charm gives travelers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city. From horseback riding through the woodlands to fishing excursions and canoe trips, travel enthusiasts come here to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the countryside. Carmelo is also an up-and-coming wine region. The locally produced Tannat, made from a red grape from the southwestern France, is Uruguay’s signature wine.
Colonia del Sacramento, commonly regarded as the oldest city in Uruguay, has grown in size and population, but its original Historic Quarter, built by the Portuguese (and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) still forms the heart of old town.
We recommend visiting November through March.
How to Arrive
From Buenos Aires: 4 hrs 30 min by car and ferry
Good to know
Language: Spanish Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU) Visas/fees: Travel to Uruguay does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers.
Ready to go? Here’s what to pack
Though just across the water from Buenos Aires, time slows down in Carmelo + Colonia. We recommend you do too! Travel light and with layers, as the heat cools when the sun sets.
- Comfortable walking sandals
- Small backpacks or cross-bodied bags
- Sunblock (summer sun is strong)