Guide to

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.

Avg. Temps

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.

What to do in Carmelo + Colonia



Narbona Wine Lodge Tasting Room


Wine Tour at Narbona Wine Lodge

Narbona Wine Lodge Vineyard

Biking in Wine Country

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)

Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations

Narbona Wine Lodge Patio

Narbona Wine Lodge

Hyatt Resort Pool

Carmelo Resort & Spa