12 days in Brazil & Uruguay Itinerary

12 days in Brazil & Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

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Porto Alegre, Brazil
Drive
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Santa Maria, Brazil
Drive
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Uruguaiana, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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San Gregorio de Polanco, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Porto Alegre, Brazil
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Porto Alegre, Brazil

Smile City

On your holiday to Porto Alegre, affectionately nicknamed "Smile City," you can expect a warm welcome from locals.
To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Porto Alegre road trip planner.

Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December in Porto Alegre, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll set off for Santa Maria on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Santa Maria, Brazil

Heart of Rio Grande do Sul

Known as a university town and a place of pilgrimage, Santa Maria combines the traditional and modern in a wide range of cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Praca dos Bombeiros, then pause for some serene contemplation at Museum of Sacred Art of Santa Maria, and then examine the collection at Planetario Universidade Federal de Santa Maria.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Porto Alegre to Santa Maria in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uruguaiana.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Museums · Historic Sites

Uruguaiana, Brazil

— 1 night
Uruguaiana is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uruguaiana travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Uruguaiana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Uruguaiana are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for San Gregorio de Polanco on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Uruguaiana

Museums

San Gregorio de Polanco, Uruguay

— 1 night
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Painted buildings.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Gregorio de Polanco route planner.

Traveling by car from Uruguaiana to San Gregorio de Polanco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Uruguaiana to San Gregorio de Polanco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Punta del Diablo.

Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Playa de Punta del Diablo, look for gifts at Paseo de los Artesanos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Rivero.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Punta del Diablo trip builder website.

You can drive from San Gregorio de Polanco to Punta del Diablo in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, wander the streets of Pocitos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo attractions planning website.

Drive from Punta del Diablo to Montevideo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta del Diablo to Montevideo. In January, daytime highs in Montevideo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Porto Alegre.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Smile City

On the 6th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral.

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Drive from Montevideo to Porto Alegre in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Porto Alegre, with lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.