12 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Porto Alegre Itinerary

12 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Porto Alegre Itinerary

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Rivera, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Ferry
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 day
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Porto Alegre, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rivera, Uruguay

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Bodega Cerro Chapeu and then buy something for everyone on your list at Sineriz Shopping.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rivera trip website.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Rivera is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Florianopolis in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Rivera, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Rivera

Wineries · Shopping

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
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.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, 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 do a combination of train and 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

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 1 night

Queen of La Plata

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 traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, 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 2 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

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 3 nights
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 stop by Barrio Historico.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, 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 2 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 · Beaches

Side Trip

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 1 day
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 reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 2.5 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 go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 3 nights

Monaco of South America

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.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este online journey planner.

You can drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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 fly to Porto Alegre.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porto Alegre, Brazil

— 1 night

Smile City

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.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Alegre trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Porto Alegre in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a 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

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.