13 days in Uruguay Itinerary

13 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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13 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Montevideo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Colonia del Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Maldonado
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
Montevideo

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Pocitos and Cuchilla alta. Change things up with a short trip to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, walk around El Rosedal, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Zoologico Damaso Antonio Larranaga.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo online day trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Montevideo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in December since evenings lows in Montevideo dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Canelones
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

3
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Santa Ana and Playa Real de San Carlos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Bodega Boutique El Legado & Bodega Campo Tinto). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Mayor.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmelo, Playa Santa Ana
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

3
nights
Punta del Diablo

Punta del Diablo ©
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
Relax by the water at Playa de la Viuda and Playa del Rivero. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Teresa National Park and Playa Grande. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Moza, take in the views from Puente Colgante, appreciate the history behind Artigas Monument, and stroll through Playa Grande.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Punta del Diablo trip planning site .

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Diablo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Maldonado.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rocha, Puente Colgante
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Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande

3
nights
Maldonado

Maldonado ©
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Mansa and Playa Montoya. Get in touch with nature at Playa Punta Ballena and Playa Solanas. Explore Maldonado's surroundings by going to Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar), Playa Punta Colorada (in Piriapolis) and Jose Ignacio (Playa de Jose Ignacio & Playa Mansa). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Brava, browse the exhibits of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, stroll through Playa Pinares, and make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Maldonado driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Maldonado in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta del Diablo to Maldonado is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Maldonado can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio, Playa Punta Colorada, Pan De Azucar
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Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Playa Punta Colorada ©
Playa Punta Colorada

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