12 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Porto Alegre Itinerary

12 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Porto Alegre Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Florianopolis, Brazil
Drive:  12 h 45 min
1
Rivera, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
4
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
6
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h 45 min
7
Porto Alegre, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
End: Florianopolis, Brazil

1
night
Rivera, Uruguay

Rivera ©
The capital of the department of the same name, Rivera stands on the border with Brazil, with the city of Santana do Livramento only a street away.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Bodega Cerro Chapeu and then look for gifts at Sineriz Shopping.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rivera trip planning tool.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Rivera is an approximately 11.5- hour car ride. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rivera when traveling from Florianopolis in December, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Rivera

Wineries Shopping
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Bodega Cerro Chapeu ©
Bodega Cerro Chapeu
Sineriz Shopping ©
Sineriz Shopping

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de Azulejos, go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, examine the collection at Museo del Humor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ferrando, examine the collection at Granja Colonia, then explore the ancient world of Bastion de San Miguel, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Ferroviario de Piriápolis.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento online day trip planner.

You can drive from Rivera to Colonia del Sacramento in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Granja Colonia ©
Granja Colonia
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento ©
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo and then take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the ferry ride to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

3
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, take a stroll through Plaza Mayor, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Historico.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Santa Ana
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues

1
day
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Gurvich, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Catedral de Montevideo ©
Catedral de Montevideo

3
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Museo del Mar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mansa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Ballena, enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta del Este, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este online journey planner.

You can take a bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Porto Alegre.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Punta Ballena
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Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Museo del Mar ©
Museo del Mar

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night
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Porto Alegre ©
On your holiday to Porto Alegre, affectionately nicknamed "Smile City," you can expect a warm welcome from locals.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at IGREJA do Divino ESPIRITO SANTO, and then examine the collection at Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia da PUCRS.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Alegre trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Punta del Este to Porto Alegre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Punta del Este, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Porto Alegre, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Casa de Gomes Jardim
Highlights from your plan
Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia da PUCRS ©
Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia da PUCRS
Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Metropolitan Cathedral
Casa de Gomes Jardim ©
Casa de Gomes Jardim